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Where Intention Meets Action: Operationalizing Trust-based Philanthropy

Organization Members Only

For foundations that want to reduce the administrative burden on grantees and shift the power dynamics from funders to grantee partners, trust-based philanthropy offers a framework of principles to adopt. However, the journey from theoretically embracing these principles to operationalizing them can be difficult.

This session will show grantmaking professionals how they can operationalize the principles of trust-based philanthropy via technology and processes projects. In addition to looking at case studies of foundations that have completed such projects, this session will explore concrete examples of form design, process redesign, and data architecture design to illustrate the ways that technology can help operationalize trust-based philanthropy’s principles.

The session will then move to live Q&A where the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions about how to navigate these projects in their own organizations, how to operationalize trust-based values as a practice, and how to work closely with foundation team members and community members to move through this journey together.


James Law
Director, Design & Foresight

Tierney Smith
Philanthropy Solutions Consultant