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Trust-Based Philanthropy Practice: Be Transparent & Responsive

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am PDT
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Philanthropy California and the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project invite you to join us for a monthly webinar series for funders. Each month, we’ll explore each of the six trust-based principles that, when practiced together, help alleviate power imbalance in the sector. Each webinar will explore the nuts and bolts of putting the principles to practice, while offering opportunities for peer learning and reflection.

In the fourth of our seven-part series, we’ll explore being transparent & responsive, which is a fundamental principle of a trust-based approach because open, honest, and transparent communication minimizes power imbalances and helps move the work forward. Ultimately, this principle is all about creating the conditions for more honest funder-grantee relationships. For example, how can funders be more transparent with prospective grantees about what you do and don’t fund? How can we strive for transparency with current grantees, especially if it has to do with making changes to your funding strategies? And how can we remain responsive to our grantee partners amidst our very busy schedules and crowded inboxes? And what might be some of our blind spots even when we think we’re being transparent and responsive?

In this webinar, we’ll hear from foundation leaders as they share their own journeys to be more transparent and responsive, their “faceplant” moments, and some tips you can put immediately into practice in your day-to-day work. 



  • Lisa Cowan, Vice President, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • Liz Dozier, Founder & CEO, Chicago Beyond
  • Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute
  • Philip Li, President & CEO, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • Shaady Salehi, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project


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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
This program is open to everyone.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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