Trust-based philanthropy is becoming a widely recognized approach in our sector, with more and more funders embracing trust-based practices such as multiyear unrestricted funding and streamlined paperwork. While these principles are essential components of a trust-based approach, a fully embodied practice of trust-based philanthropy requires a much deeper and persistent examination of how power shows up both interpersonally and systemically. This includes confronting the white supremacist norms that have shaped and influenced our sector, and how they have shaped our understanding of who is deemed trustworthy, and who is not.
Join Philanthropy Massachusetts and the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project as we unpack these ideas and explore a series of questions about how power shows up in our work. How are we subconsciously perpetuating power imbalances and white supremacy in our day-to-day work? How does this affect our grantee relationships, and how does that inhibit our ability to learn, grow, and advance impact? What steps can funders take to more intentionally address these deeply ingrained power imbalances? And how can foundation executives and boards proactively build a culture and practice that is equitable, power-aware, and trust-based?
Speakers will share their personal stories of how they have navigated these questions, along with the pitfalls and learnings along the way. Participants can expect to walk away with a deeper understanding of the intersection of power, race, and trust, as well as practical steps to shift the norm toward a more equitable, impactful, and trust-based sector.
This session is part of our Power & Equity series of programming.
About our Moderator and Speakers:
Kate Grundy, Executive Director, The Devonshire Foundation
Kate is the Executive Director of The Devonshire Foundation, which focuses on generating multi-year partnerships with grantees to foster growth and sustainability. She is also the Vice President of Foundation Services at Howland Capital Management, where she guides families and charitable foundation clients to address a range of philanthropic needs. Prior to joining The Devonshire Foundation in 2014, Kate served as a consultant with the Social Innovation Forum. She has also worked in fundraising and organizational management at Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women, as well as at the National Center on Family Homelessness. Her first role in the nonprofit sector was as a writer and editor for Women’s Policy, Inc. (now the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute), tracking federal legislation affecting women and families. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA in Strategy from the Yale School of Management.
Kate serves on the board of Philanthropy Massachusetts, where she also chairs the Program Committee. She lives in Newton, MA, with her husband and two sons.
Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute
Pia believes we have the collective imagination and power to redesign philanthropy to center the people we serve. Philippine-born, California-grown, and queer, oldest daughter in an immigrant family, Pia navigates difference to broker connection. Pia brings her chops as a former high school teacher, organizational development consultant, and nonprofit manager to her work. Pia is a nationally recognized advocate for trust-based philanthropy and radically embodied leadership. She chairs the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project steering committee and serves on the board of MediaJustice.org. Pia is visiting faculty at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment, and speaks and teaches in many settings. She holds a M.A. in Education from the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. in Rhetoric from The University of California at Berkeley. Pia is a proud long time resident of Oakland, CA.
Philip Li, President & CEO, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Prior to joining the foundation in 2016, Phil served as the Chief Operating Officer at The Century Foundation, a public policy think tank, and before that at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, where he helped the organization convert from a private foundation to a public charity. For four years he led the philanthropic practice at Changing Our World, a nonprofit consultancy and prior to that he worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation on two of its leadership development initiatives. Phil served as the Executive Director of the Coro New York Leadership Center, a nonprofit that trains and develops individuals interested in public affairs for four years. He was introduced to Coro as a participant in its Leadership New York program, which prompted him to jump to the nonprofit sector from Wall Street. He started his career at Merrill Lynch and finished it rating junk bonds at Moody’s Investors Service.
Phil is co-chair of the Leadership Funders Group and a member of the Steering Committee of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project. He currently serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, United Philanthropy Forum along with two family foundations, and is a past chair of Philanthropy New York, the regional association of grantmakers in New York City. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Phil has a BA in Economics and Biology and an MBA from The Wharton School in Finance and Strategic Planning.
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