When philanthropy holds the reins this tightly, it cannot create the conditions necessary to advance social change. Inevitably, nonprofits’ missions are undermined when they spend most of their time meeting funders’ demands. This produces the ultimate irony: Funder behaviors and norms inhibit nonprofits’ ability to achieve the impact they want to see.

For years, nonprofit leaders’ calls for change have gone largely unheeded, despite compelling arguments for shifting power dynamics and normalizing unrestricted funding. Studies have shown that philanthropic norms have inhibited nonprofit impact and exacerbated racial inequalities.

Read the full article about trust-based philanthropy by Shaady Salehi at Stanford Social Innovation Review.