10 Things You Should Know About the Trust’s New Strategic Plan

By October 14, 2015

This article was published on October 6th. TWI wanted to repost this article to highlight how many of the actions listed were spurred by listening to their community. Listening is a TWI principle and we love when it is used in practice. By: The Chicago Community Trust Staff     After 100 years, the Trust…

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Taking Convening To Scale

By August 25, 2015

For the past ten years, TWI has explored bringing people together in authentic, unconferencey ways.   In early October, we are bringing together over one hundred partners for a weekend of “trust in practice.” As we turned our attention toward this convening, I reviewed the feedback and lessons learned from last time. I came across…

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12 Awesome Things Funders Do

By August 19, 2015

We at TWI are in full agreement with Vu Le‘s recent post about 12 Things Funders Do right.  In fact, many of the 12 show up on TWI’s own compendium of 9 Practices of Trust-based Investment.  In a side by side comparison, it’s clear that respect, transparency, partnering in a true spirit of service, feedback…

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Cheers to the Rapoport Foundation’s Parting Glass

By July 28, 2015

In my last post I noted my intention to start searching out sunsetting stories of small to medium sized foundations. Consequently, I began exploring Grantcraft’s “Making Change by Spending Down” series produced in partnership with The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. Most of the posts feature thoughtful reflections about Bronfman’s spending out process, but it…

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Towards A Better Place: Trusting Relationships Will Move Us Forward

By July 26, 2015

“There needs to be a call to action in this field around relationships and trust.” – Jamie Allison, S. H. Cowell Foundation I was in the audience when Jamie (also a TWI trustee) made that compelling statement last September during the closing plenary of Towards a Better Place: A Conversation about Promising Practice in Place-Based…

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