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Participatory Grantmaking and Trust Based Philanthropy

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm BST


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Participatory grantmaking and trust-based philanthropy have gained sector-wide recognition over the last several years as more and more funders explore ways to alleviate power imbalances by centering the expertise of non-profit and community leaders. While the two approaches are neither identical nor mutually exclusive, they are grounded in many shared values: equity, relationship-building, power-sharing, and collaboration. As a result, many trust-based funders are exploring participatory grantmaking as a strategy to redistribute power; and on the flipside, many participatory grantmakers are exploring ways to embed trust-based grantmaking practices such as multi-year unrestricted funding and streamlined paperwork.

So what does it look like to do this well? And what are the unique considerations that come up when attempting to build and extend trust within a participatory framework? Does the role of participatory grant committees look different in a trust-based context? And are there instances when an integrated approach may not be the best idea?

Join the Participatory Grantmaking Community & Trust Based Philanthropy Project for a joint webinar exploring the intersections of these two approaches, as well as the opportunities and challenges of taking an integrated approach. We’ll hear from three practitioners that are intentionally working at the intersection of these two approaches, as they discuss their lessons, questions, and visions for integrating community expertise and trust-building into their grantmaking strategies.


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April 19
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm BST