Workshop Session #1: Trust-Based Philanthropy With A Racial Equity Lens: The Issue

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PhilMO Members ($150) and Non-Member Funders ($200)
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
12:00pm to 1:30pm CST
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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.

Series Overview

Trust-Based Philanthropy With A Racial Equity Lens: The Issue

Workshop Session #1: Nov. 29, 12:00-1:30 pm CT   

Cohort Discussion #1: Dec. 12, 12:00-1:00 pm CT

Description: The first session in this series will outline how racial equity lens is needed in a trust-based approach. Data and research will be used to demonstrate the (historic and continuing) problem and clarify how trust-based philanthropy and racial equity are complementary approaches that should both be prioritized in the funding space.

Trust-Based Philanthropy With A Racial Equity Lens: The Answer

Workshop Session #2: Jan. 18, 12:00-1:30 pm CT  

Cohort Discussion #2: Feb. 8, 12:00-1:00 pm CT

Trust-Based Philanthropy With A Racial Equity Lens: The Implementation

Workshop Session 3: Feb. 21, 12:00-1:30 pm CT

Cohort Discussion 3: Mar. 4, 12:00-1:00 pm CT


Who Should Attend
  • This series is intended for leadership and staff of grantmaking organizations with some level of influence in operationalizing organizational change.

  • Participants should come with a foundational understanding of the core concepts and values of trust-based philanthropy, and ideally have attended some trust-based philanthropy programming in the past. This program will not spend significant time explaining the foundational practices and tenets of a trust-based approach.

  • Participants should be familiar with preliminary definitions and concepts related to racial equity work. This program will not spend significant time reviewing general definitions and introductory equity principles.

  • Participants should have an explicitly identified organizational/grant-making goal towards operationalizing trust-based philanthropy and/or racial equity (ideally both).

  • This series is intended to be collaborative and interactive, particularly in the cohort discussion sessions. Participants should be prepared to engage and participate in discussion, reflection, and sharing.

  • Participant commit to attending the majority of the sessions — both workshops and cohort discussions. We only recommend registering if you are able to attend all three cohort discussions and, ideally, all content sessions.

Registration & Participant Fee (with PhilMO Discount)

As this is an intensive, skill-building cohort, there is a fee of $200 for participation in the full series. PhilMO Members will receive a discounted fee of $150 (plus processing fee) with the code PARTNER when checking out via Eventbrite.

Registrants unaffiliated with a PSO partner will pay the nondiscounted rate of $200 (plus processing fee). There will be no refunds for the series.


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