After Trust-Based Philanthropy 101 (2020), Introduction to Trust-Based Philanthropy (2021), and the Demystifying Trust-Based Philanthropy Series (2023), Missouri funders expressed interest in diving deeper. Philanthropy Missouri is pleased to announce we are partnering to host a Missouri cohort for the upcoming series Trust-Based Philanthropy with a Racial Equity Lens.
One of the core values of a trust-based approach is to work for systemic equity, including a focus on racial equity. While trust-based philanthropy and racial equity work are not identical nor interchangeable, they work hand-in-hand to advance a vision for a more just and equitable nonprofit sector. To learn more about the distinctions and correlations, you can review the guide on The Intersection of Trust-Based Philanthropy & Racial Equity.
This cohort-style series will explore the relationship between the two approaches, to understand why a racial equity lens is needed (the issue), what a racial equity lens is in a trust-based approach (the answer), and how to operationalize it (the implementation). This series will include comprehensive data-informed content, rich discussion and insights from sector thought leaders, as well as an opportunity to connect with a cohort of Missouri-based peers actively working to understand and operationalize these concepts within their grantmaking organizations.
This virtual program includes a total of six gatherings: three nationally-attended educational workshops (90 minutes) complemented by three corresponding Missouri-cohort discussion groups (60 minutes). Please note the debrief period for our cohort will be on a different day from the workshop, giving you time to reflect, to consider how the learning applies to your work, and to develop questions to discuss with your peers.
Workshop Session 3: Feb. 21, 12-1:30 pm CT
Trust-Based Philanthropy With A Racial Equity Lens: The Implementation
Cohort Discussion 3: Mar. 4, 12-1 pm CT
The third and final session in this series will outline how to implement a trust-based approach with a racial equity lens. This session will clarify the steps needed to operationalize this work, across the practices and across the grantmaking lifecycle, accounting for a diversity of funding institutions and points of implementation. This session will include case studies from funders who are actively on this journey, as well as lessons learned in the implementation process.