Six Principles of Trust
Trust-Based Philanthropy reimagines traditional funder-grantee relationships by addressing the inherent power imbalances that exist between foundations and nonprofits. A trust-based approach relies on six interrelated principles which, when practiced together, can advance greater equity and sustainability in the nonprofit sector:
Give Multi-Year, Unrestricted Funding
Unrestricted funding over time is essential for creating healthy, adaptive, effective organizations.
Simplify & Streamline Paperwork
Nonprofit staff spend an inordinate amount of time on funder-imposed paperwork; they will be more effective if they are freed up to concentrate on mission.
Solicit & Act on Feedback
Grantees provide valuable perspective that can help inform a funder’s support and services.
“A deliberate, trust-based approach can liberate foundations from the structures that hold too many of us back.”
— Pia Infante, The Whitman Institute