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Trust-Based Family Philanthropy

Trust-Based Family Philanthropy

Partner Event

Event details

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
9:00am to 10:15am PDT

About this event

Philanthropy Northwest members get access to all National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) programs through our reciprocal membership. If you aren't sure whether you have an active membership to NCFP, contact Elyse Gordon to confirm.

Trust-based philanthropy is being embraced by a growing number of family foundations as a way to alleviate power imbalances between funders and grantees while fostering more productive and informative relationships. Driven by the central philosophy that funders should approach grantee relationships as learning partnerships, a trust-based approach encourages multi-year unrestricted funding, streamlined reporting, and transparent and responsive communication. In this session, participants will hear from leaders of family foundations that have embraced trust-based approaches, how these practices align with each family’s legacy and values, and what it looks like when foundation CEOs and family trustees collaborate to build a culture of trust. Participants will learn about how foundations and grantees both benefit from a trust-based approach, and will have a chance to consider some practical next steps to build more productive and balanced funder-grantee relationships.


  • Ellen Friedman, Compton Foundation 
  • Hanh Le, Weissberg Foundation
  • Shaady Salehi, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project
  • Sarah Walczyk, Satterberg Foundation