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2020: Are We Ready for Trust (-Based Philanthropy)?

Monday, February 10, 2020 -
11:00am to 1:00pm PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Imagine how philanthropy could change in this decade if we approached all of our grantmaking with one common, underlying approach: TRUST. How might our relationships change? How might our grantmaking be more impactful? Who might feel more welcome to join us? Where might we experience more joy in the work? A growing community of funders are increasingly animated by these questions as they reimagine grantmaking with a trust-based approach. 

Trust-based philanthropy, offers a corrective to power imbalances and new ways to support nonprofit leaders to do their best work. But what does trust-based philanthropy look like in practice? And how does it manifest among trustees, foundation staff, nonprofit leaders, and communities? 

In this session, four leaders will explore these questions and the practice of trust-based philanthropy, together. We'll begin with an overview of the six principles of trust-based philanthropy. We’ll then hear personal stories about the challenges and opportunities our speakers have experienced as they work to embrace a trust-based approach from various vantage points. Finally, we’ll hear about the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project and opportunities to engage more. 

As we reimagine our personal lives in this new decade, let’s do the same for philanthropy, and dream big. 

(Lunch will be provided at this program.)

Join us to:

  • Learn about the six principles of trust based philanthropy
  • Hear stories of what trust-based philanthropy looks like in practice
  • Learn about the Trust Based Philanthropy Project’s aspirations and activities in the coming years
  • Imagine how trust-based philanthropy can bring greater ease, authenticity, and joy to your work


Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director, General Service Foundation

Dimple Abichandani joined GSF 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.

Carrie Avery, President, The Durfee Foundation

Carrie Avery is President of the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles, California, which focuses on leadership by providing fellowships, grants to new organizations and sabbaticals to long-time nonprofit leaders.

Prior to working for the Durfee Foundation, Carrie practiced law, first with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., and later with a private firm in San Francisco.

Carrie received her B.A. from Stanford University, her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and was a Georgetown University Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow. She serves on the boards and executive committees of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, where she is governance chair, and the Berkeley Repertory Theater, where she is vice chair. She has also served as board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and Northern California Grantmakers, where she founded and for several years chaired the Family Philanthropy Exchange, co-chair of St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, California, and co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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 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. 

David Inocencio, The Beat Within
David is the director and co-founder of the Beat Within, a weekly publication of writing and art by young people in the Bay Area's juvenile justice system. He is a grantee partner with The Whitman Institute. David has been working on criminal justice issues since the 90s, using writing as a means to make an impact. "The Beat Within publishes 100 issues a year. Fifty writing workshops a week are held in juvenile halls throughout the Bay Area and in Arizona's Maricopa County. Inocencio and his staff also work with youths in schools and group homes, and they promote the workshops and the magazine to juvenile-justice workers across the country interested in starting similar programs. The Beat Within staff, many of whom have been in the juvenile justice system, transcribe and edit submissions and design each issue. Most of the content comes from youths in the writing workshops, but a section of each magazine is dedicated to the "beat without" for submissions from adults and youths who have left the juvenile-justice system." To read more about David and the Beat Within, visit this SF Gate article.

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This event is open to NCG members and non-member funders only. 

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