Posts tagged: relationship

Trust As A Starting Point Reflections on Trust Based Grantmaking

What if we as funders started with trust, instead of making potential partners “earn” it?  Vu Le starts our sibling blog posts today by questioning the assumption that grant seekers need to prove their basic trustworthiness to funders. Indeed, up-ending this premise has been inherent in TWI’s approach since we started making grants.

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What Happens When Philanthropy and Empathy Meet? Voice of Witness Demonstrates the Unparalleled Power of Story to Catalyze Dialogue

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Most grants and reports happen on paper.

Here at the Whitman Institute (TWI), we like to do things a little differently.

Recently, we invited current and potential supporters for one of our core grantees, Voice of Witness (VOW), for lunch at the office.

Our relationship with VOW had come full-circle: Six years earlier, TWI Co-Executive Director John Esterle …   Read more

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Four Dating Tips to Sustain Strong Grantmaker-Grantee Relationship

The following was released in the Stanford Social Innovation Review today by Kierra Johnson of United for Reproductive and Gender Justice.  TWI heartily endorses these thoughtful practices, as they mirror tips we shared earlier this year!

As someone who’s been in the nonprofit sector for almost two decades, I have spent a lot of time working toward …   Read more

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Live Your Learning Like It’s Golden

We are pleased to share that The Whitman Institute’s Co-Executive Director, Pia Infante, is a featured session leader for the upcoming Golden State Learning Series, sponsored by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

The deadline is fast approaching.  Here’s the information.  Sign up soon!

The Golden State Learning series offers the opportunity to learn from colleagues within and outside …   Read more

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Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy

This is a repost of an article first published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

By Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, & Sridhar Prasad Summer 2016
A new grantmaking approach is needed – one that provides enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services. The first step toward achieving that is …   Read more

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