How to Apply Trust-Based Philanthropy in Any Role

Presenter Pia Infante breaks down the framework and share ways that you can embody the practices towards building more trusting relationships with the organizations you interact with on a day to day basis.

Trust-based philanthropy is being embraced by a growing number of foundations as a way to mitigate power imbalances between funders and nonprofits. Driven by the central philosophy that funders should approach grantee relationships from a place of trust rather than distrust, the trust-based framework encourages multi-year unrestricted funding, streamlined reporting, and transparent and responsive communication. At first glance, it may seem that trust-based practices can only be instituted by foundation leadership and/or senior management; however, the reality is that every grantmaking professional – regardless of role – has the ability to embody aspects of this framework.

Viewers will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the 7 principles of trust-based philanthropy
  • Understand how to apply some of the principles in their day-to-day work
  • Receive tools and tips to engage in conversations about trust-based philanthropy with colleagues


Pia Infante

Co-Executive Director

The Whitman Institute

Pia draws on decades of multi-sector experience as an educator, facilitator, organizational development consultant, executive coach, non-profit manager, business owner, writer and speaker to advocate for trust-based practice. Pia proudly serves as the Board Chair for the Center for Media Justice. She is on Faculty for the M.A. in Leadership Sustainability at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources as well as Thousand Currents Academy. Pia is an I.C.F. certified executive leadership coach, holds a M.A. from the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability: Act with integrity and accountability.

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