The Whitman Institute’s approach to trust-based philanthropy is informed by decade of experience that funder-grantee relationships are stronger when they are built on the foundation of trust. The idea is simple: philanthropy can be more effective when funders approach their grantee relationships from a place of trust, rather than suspicion.
We believe efforts to create social, political, and economic equity will be more successful if philanthropy embeds trust, dialogue, and relationship-building in its practices with grantees. A trust-based approach relies on the following pillars:
9 Key Principles of Trust-Based Philanthropy