Trust-Based Philanthropy Learning and Action Lab Application

Host Organization: National Center for Family Philanthropy, The Philanthropy Workshop, and the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project


The National Center for Family Philanthropy, The Philanthropy Workshop, and the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project are pleased to announce a six-part Learning and Action Lab for family foundations and individual donors interested in leveraging their philanthropy toward a more just and equitable nonprofit sector. At its core, trust-based philanthropy is about addressing power imbalances and shifting our culture and practices so that nonprofits have the time, space, and support they need in order to advance their work. This Learning and Action Lab is specifically designed for executives and trustees of family foundations who are ready to embrace and/or deepen their commitment to trust-based practices and operationalize a more equity-aware, trust-based culture within their organizations.

Trust-based philanthropy is a holistic approach that requires the alignment of your organization’s culture, values, leadership, and practices in service of a healthier and more equitable nonprofit ecosystem. As such, the curriculum for this cohort will include an exploration of trust-based culture, values, leadership, and governance; opportunities to cultivate power-consciousness and humility in leadership practices; case studies from organizations that have fully operationalized the six trust-based grantmaking practices; peer coaching and peer learning with others on the trust-based journey; and a chance to identify and implement action steps to bring about practical, positive, and timely changes within your family’s philanthropy.

The curriculum will be broken out into six virtual sessions from February through May.  Sessions will be 90 minutes to 2 hours long, including time for small cohort breakouts.

Submit Your Application Here

This program has limited availability, so interested participants are encouraged to apply early. Applications open on October 1, 2021, and close January 7, 2022. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to NCFP Friends and members of The Philanthropy Workshop; we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

You may apply as an individual or with additional family member(s), advisors or senior staff members. Please complete one separate application form for each applicant, and indicate on the form that you are applying as part of a family group.

Learning Session Dates and Descriptions: February through June 2022

This program has been designed in partnership with Carrie AveryDimple Abichandani, and Shaady Salehi. The curriculum design and facilitation will be led by Carrie Avery and Dimple Abichandani.

All sessions are currently scheduled to take place from 12 to 2 pm, Eastern.

  • Tuesday, February 8: The Purpose, Values, and Culture of Trust-Based Philanthropy
  • Tuesday, March 22: Trust-Based Leadership & Governance
  • Tuesday, April 19: Understanding Impact in a Trust-Based Context
  • Tuesday, May 24: Operationalizing Multiyear Unrestricted Funding
  • Tuesday, June 14: Operationalizing Doing the Homework and Streamlined Paperwork
  • Tuesday, June 28: Operationalizing Transparency, Feedback, Support Beyond the Check


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