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Adopting & Practicing a Trust-Based Approach

October 7th, 2020
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
Event type:
Best practices
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Program Description:

Trust-Based Philanthropy is being embraced by a growing number of foundations as a way to reduce unnecessary burdens on nonprofit partners and alleviate power imbalances between funders and grantees. Driven by core values of power-sharing and working for systemic equity, a trust-based approach encourages multi-year unrestricted funding, streamlined reporting, and transparent and responsive communication.

In this session, moderated by Shaady Salehi of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, participants will hear from Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director of the General Service Foundation and Don Matteson, Chief Program Officer of the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation. Together, our speakers will discuss the fundamental values and behaviors that undergird a trust-based approach, what it looks like to make changes toward fully embodying the six principles of trust-based philanthropy, and the internal work required to build trust between the staff, leadership, and board.

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 jumpstart or deepen their own trust-based journeys.

This event is part of our Power and Equity series of programming at Philanthropy Massachusetts.

About our Speakers:

Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director, General Service Foundation

Dimple Abichandani joined General Service Foundation in late August 2015 as the Executive Director, bringing two decades of experience advancing social justice as a funder, advocate and educator. She was previously the ED of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law, and the founding program officer for the Security & Rights Collaborative at the Proteus Fund.  Earlier in her career she was a legal services attorney and represented low-wage workers and low-income immigrants. Dimple earned a JD at Northeastern University School of Law, and a BA in English with Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of work, she finds joy in time spent with family & friends, gardening, and yoga

Don Matteson, Chief Program Officer, Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation

Don Matteson joined the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation in 2006, and currently serves as its Chief Program Officer. Trained as an academic sociologist specializing in demography, research methods, and statistics, he has spent his entire professional career working with not-for-profit organizations in roles ranging from information technology specialist to operations director, or as a consultant.

Don completed his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, and earned his Master’s degree in Sociology from the University at Buffalo. In his spare time, he tinkers with technology, occasionally goes for a run, makes efforts to learn guitar and ukulele, and does what he can to keep up with his eight year old son.

Shaady Salehi, Director, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project

Shaady Salehi is a strategist, facilitator, and network builder who has dedicated nearly 20 years to advancing social impact across various sectors. She currently serves as the director of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, a 5-year learning and advocacy initiative to make trust-based practices the norm in the philanthropic sector. She also is Principal and Founder of Skyview Strategies, a social impact consultancy for nonprofits, foundations, and changemakers. Previously, Shaady was Managing Director of Distribution and Impact at ITVS, where she led a team to advance the reach and impact of documentaries on public television. Prior to ITVS, she was Executive Director of Active Voice, a pioneering organization that uses storytelling to catalyze social change. Shaady is a 2014 Aspen Institute Fellow and sits on the board of Let It Ripple, a nonprofit that experiments with collaborative filmmaking for the common good. She holds an M.S. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, and an M.A. in Anthropology from UC Davis. She is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and currently lives in San Francisco.

Zoom information will be sent via email in advance of the program.

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