Partnering in a spirit of service
The seeds for Trust-Based Philanthropy were planted in 2014, when The Whitman Institute used the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Grantee Perception Report to invite feedback to inform the foundation’s spend-down strategy.
Two major themes emerged: 1) the importance of relationships based on trust; and 2) a resounding request for the foundation to advocate for this trust-based approach.
Recognizing that many of the core principles of their approach were not necessarily new, but rather rarely practiced holistically, TWI came up with the overarching frame of Trust-Based Philanthropy. This approach to philanthropic leadership invites funders to embody a set of trust-based principles.
This framing has prompted growing interest from foundations to adopt, and advocate for, a trust-based approach. As such, in 2018 the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Headwaters Foundation formally joined The Whitman Institute to co-conceptualize a collaborative effort to to advance Trust-Based Philanthropy sector-wide.
The Whitman Institute advances social, political, and economic equity by funding dialogue, relationship building, and inclusive leadership.
The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation is a private foundation committed to helping create a vibrant New York City – one that is strong, healthy, livable and just.
The Headwaters Foundation’s mission is to work side-by-side Western Montanans to improve the health of our communities. Our vision is a western Montana where all people, especially the most vulnerable among us, are healthy and thriving.
The trust-based movement is growing! The following foundations are part of our network of dedicated funders that practice and advocate for Trust-Based Philanthropy: