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Trust-based philanthropy is being embraced by a growing number of family foundations as a way to alleviate power imbalances between funders and grantees while fostering more productive and informative relationships. Driven by the central philosophy that funders should approach grantee relationships as learning partnerships, a trust-based approach encourages multi-year unrestricted funding, streamlined reporting, and transparent and responsive communication. In this session, participants will hear from leaders of family foundations that have embraced trust-based approaches, how these practices align with each family’s legacy and values, and what it looks like when foundation CEOs and family trustees collaborate to build a culture of trust. Participants will learn about how foundations and grantees both benefit from a trust-based approach, and will have a chance to consider some practical next steps to build more productive and balanced funder-grantee relationships.

Featured Speakers

Ellen Friedman

Ellen Friedman is the Executive Director at the Compton Foundation, which seeks to ignite change toward…

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Hanh Le

Hanh Le is the executive director of the Weissberg Foundation, where she leads strategy development, grantmaking,…

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Shaady Salehi

Shaady Salehi is the director of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, a 5-year learning and advocacy initiative to make…

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Sarah Walczyk

Sarah Walczyk

Sarah Walczyk is the Executive Director of the Satterberg Foundation. Sarah joined the Satterberg Foundation in…

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