Trust-Based Philanthropy Session #1: The Purpose, Culture, & Values of Trust-Based Philanthropy

Open to: 
Full Members (free) & Non-Member Funders (free)
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
12:00pm to 1:30pm CDT
Online Zoom Meeting
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Register now for "Session #1: The Purpose, Culture, & Values of Trust-Based Philanthropy" by following this link to our Trust-Based Philanthropy Project partner page!

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. 

Program Description

Trust-Based Philanthropy is being embraced by a growing number of foundations as a way to alleviate power imbalances between funders and grantees while fostering more productive and informative relationships. In this three-part series for grantmakers, participants will learn six principles of trust-based philanthropy and what they actually look like in practice. Participants will explore how foundations and grantees 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. Participants may register for all or part of the series by selecting the sessions that may resonate.

Trust-based philanthropy is much more than unrestricted grants and streamlined paperwork. At its core, this approach is fundamentally about recognizing and addressing power imbalances in service of a healthier, more equitable, and more impactful nonprofit sector. This requires a commitment to relationships based on transparency and mutual learning -- both internally within our organizations and externally with our grantee partners. For many funders, this culture-building is the work of trust-based philanthropy. In this session, we’ll explore why trust-based philanthropy is trending, the fundamental values that undergird this approach, and the roles of staff and board in cultivating the culture of trust that is required in order to make this work successful. We will also preview the six grantmaking principles of trust-based philanthropy and how they go hand-in-hand with reimagining our roles as learning partners, rather than compliance officers.


Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director, General Service Foundation

Dimple Abichandani joined General Service Foundation in late August 2015 as the Executive Director, bringing two decades of experience advancing social justice as a funder, advocate and educator. She was previously the ED of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law, and the founding program officer for the Security & Rights Collaborative at the Proteus Fund.  Earlier in her career she was a legal services attorney and represented low-wage workers and low-income immigrants. Dimple earned a JD at Northeastern University School of Law, and a BA in English with Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of work, she finds joy in time spent with family & friends, gardening, and yoga.

John Brothers, President, T. Rowe Price Foundation

John Brothers is the current president of the T. Rowe Price Foundation as well as the president of the T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving. Before coming to T. Rowe Price, he founded Quidoo, an international consulting firm he led for more than a decade.

John previously served as a management and social policy professor for more than a decade at New York University and Rutgers University. He also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and is currently serving as an International Advisor to CO3, an organization serving Northern Ireland and working with the China Global Philanthropy Institute. He holds an M.P.A. in nonprofit management from New York University, an M.B.A. from American Public University, and a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University.

Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute

Pia Infante is a Trustee and Co-Executive Director of The Whitman Institute. Philippine-born, California-grown, and queer, oldest daughter in an immigrant family, Pia navigates difference to broker connection. Pia brings her chops as a former high school teacher, organizational development consultant, and nonprofit manager to her work. Pia is a nationally recognized advocate for trust-based philanthropy and radically embodied leadership. She chairs the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project steering committee and serves on the board of Pia is visiting faculty at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment, and speaks and teaches in many settings. She holds a M.A. in Education from the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. in Rhetoric from The University of California at Berkeley. Follow her @PiaVision.


Thank you to the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project for sponsoring this series, as well as our peer regional associations Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, Connecticut Council on PhilanthropyPhilanthropy Colorado and the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers for partnering with us to develop this program series.