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The Ethos of Being Trust-Based Session 5 | Reimagining Funder Roles in a Trust-Based Context

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Tuesday, April 27, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Trust-based philanthropy encourages us to rethink our notions of traditional philanthropic roles, which tend to prioritize transactions over relationships. In fact, a trust-based approach encourages us to understand our roles as partners working in service of nonprofits and communities. Traditional Philanthropy has institutionalized and perpetuated harmful tropes about funders as experts and nonprofits as needy people who need to be held accountable. This has been perpetuated institutionally through our grantmaking practices, but also in less obvious ways, such as job descriptions, theories of change, program descriptions, and the language we use to describe our work. In this session, we will:

  • Identify how to recognize these tropes when they’re present in our work
  • Explore strategies to intentionally name and undo them
  • Reimagine various aspects of our work in which we can set the stage for more authentic relationships, i.e., those rooted in values of power-sharing and genuine collaboration
  • Learn strategies for applying a more collaborative, partner-oriented approach


  • Carmen Rojas, President, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Dimple Abichandani, ED, General Service Foundation
  • Gabriela Alcalde, ED, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
  • Lisa Pilar Cowan, Vice President, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

This session will be moderated by Shaady Salehi, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project.

If you require any accommodations to fully participate in this program, please contact [email protected].

In Partnership With:

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Trust Based Philanthropy Project
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