Trust-Based Philanthropy Cohort

Trust-Based Philanthropy Cohort

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Event details

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 to Tuesday, October 18, 2022
12:30pm to 3:30pm PDT

About this event

As grantmakers, there’s a responsibility to confront the ways the philanthropic sector has contributed to systemic inequities, both in the ways wealth is accumulated and the ways its dissemination is controlled. Philanthropy's history is entrenched in racism, patriarchy and other forms of oppression, which are at the root of every social issue nonprofits seek to address. As funders, we must recognize how these norms have shaped, informed and influenced our entire sector — including who is deemed trustworthy and who is not. 

Philanthropy Northwest is excited to partner with the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project again to offer a virtual Trust-Based Philanthropy Cohort in a new format designed to support you in taking the next steps to move your organization forward on your trust-based philanthropy journey.

This program is a four-part series designed for foundation leaders who are interested in advancing equity, shifting power and building mutually accountable relationships. Throughout the cohort, participants will focus on one of four dimensions of their organization’s work: culture, structures, leadership or practices. During each session, participants will deliberate, plan and take action on implementing trust-based philanthropy practices in that particular dimension. This will culminate in participants sharing the progress of their work during the final cohort session. 

Who Should Attend? 

We’re looking for:

  • Individuals with decision-making authority at their organization (those who manage the way the foundation operates or influence board decisions) 
  • Individuals who are familiar with trust-based philanthropy and who have been implementing the principles into their organizations 
  • Organizations with a commitment - or intention to commit - to policies or practices that build racial equity in their grantmaking while institutionalizing trust-based practices

Participants should come with a basic understanding of equity vs. equality, racial equity and the dimensions of racism. These workshops are not intended for those who are relatively new to racial equity work and trust-based philanthropy.


Interested individuals will need to complete an application to be part of the cohort. Please click on the "Register Here" button or on this link for more information and to apply. Applications are due May 24, 2022.


July 12

Session 1
Cohort members will explore the nuances of implementing trust-based principles into the dimensions of culture, structures, leadership and practices.

August 9

Session 2
Participants will report on the action steps they identified in session one and share their learning and lessons with the group.

September 13

Session 3
Participants will unpack their dilemmas with peers to gain more clarity on solutions to challenges they’re facing in their work and how they can leverage their role. 

October 18

Session 4
As we close out the cohort, participants will present the progress they’ve made on their work and gain feedback from their fellow cohort members.


We have rates for both individuals and teams who would like to be part of the cohort. We encourage organizations to have two of their staff members participate in the cohort to help your organization fully implement trust-based philanthropy learnings into your work. We offer a discounted price for staff teams of two.

For individuals:

  • Philanthropy Northwest Members: $800 per person
  • Non-Members: $1200 per person

For staff teams of two:

  • Philanthropy Northwest Members: $1200
  • Non-Members: $1800

We also have a limited number of scholarships available. If you have questions about cost or scholarships, please contact Mares Asfaha.

Offered in partnership with:

Trust-Based Philanthropy