Summer Learning Series Part 2: Deep Dive -- Unrestricted Funding, Doing the Homework, and Streamlined Paperwork
Please join us for a 3-part series on the values and practices of what it means to be a trust-based grantmaker, hosted by the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project in partnership with Philanthropy Missouri, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, New Mexico Association of Grantmakers, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, and Philanthropy Colorado.
Too often, foundations get in the way of the work nonprofits doing the work they know best. This can slow down progress, perpetuate inefficiencies, and obstruct nonprofit growth and innovation. Trust-based philanthropy reimagines that dynamic, advocating for six principles of grantmaking that are geared toward building partnership and mutual learning.
In this deep dive session, we will explore the nuts and bolts of the first three trust-based principles: 1) multi-year, unrestricted funding as a strategy to build long-term relationships and support nonprofit self-determination; 2) doing the homework to expand our understanding of the organizations and issues we support; and 3) simplifying and streamlining applications and reports in service of relational approaches that build trust and mutual accountability. Since there is no one-size-fits-all approach to these principles, this session will spotlight three foundation’s stories of embracing these principles -- including the steps they have taken to embrace these practices, how they’re bringing the staff and board along, and what they are learning as a result.
Each session will be 90 minutes -- including 60 minutes of presentation and 30-minute breakouts hosted by participating PSO partners. In the breakouts, attendees will have an opportunity to reflect on what they’ve learned and identify a next step to explore or adopt trust-based practices.