Overview of Trust-Based Philanthropy

August 2017

by The Whitman Institute

Download TWI’s 2-page overview of Trust-Based Philanthropy, which includes the key pillars of the approach, examples of how it can be practiced, and a listing of how it benefits both funders and grantees. …  


Trusting What We Don’t Know: Lessons from an Experiment in Art, Environment and Philanthropy in California’s East Bay

June 2015

by Maribel L. Alvarez, Ph.D.

Without the promise of change, grantmaking would be nothing but an instrumental trade-off aimed to keep things in the order they should be (somewhere between unmet needs and surplus value). If this were the case, each actor in the transaction would be confined to the coldness of their predictable roles as giver and taker and nothing beyond that could be imagined. We believe this is not the whole story. …  


Born to Give: A Human Approach to Catalyzing Philanthropy

July, 2015

by Katie Greenman and Jonah Wittkamper

This new affluenza research together with an industry wide panic about next gen client retention has created a perfect storm to unite the finance industry and the youth philanthropy movement. Can we prevent affluenza through empathy education? Could such education inspire a new culture of giving and change philanthropy as we know it? Through this report we seek to explore these questions and many others. …  


A Bolder Form of Leadership

July 2015

by Cynthia Chaves and Rebecca Bauen

How do we equip community leaders to address these divisions and power imbalances that disparately impact marginalized communities in America? One potent avenue for change is to train community leaders in the skills needed to navigate and influence complex, deeply rooted power structures and institutions. Effective leadership development programs demonstrate what is possible when nonprofit executives gain the transformative tools they need to tip the balance in favor of greater equity in low-income communities. …  


21st Century Civic Infrastructure: Under Construction

April 2015

by Jill Blair and Malka Kopell

This paper proposes a set of keystones to underlie an intentional effort to build a civic infrastructure – an infrastructure strong enough to meet 21st century challenges and designed to serve all members of our 21st century society, especially those on the margins. …  

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