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Trust-Based Philanthropy With A Racial Equity Lens

One of the core values of a trust-based approach is to work for systemic equity, which should include a focus on racial equity. And while trust-based philanthropy and racial equity work are not identical nor interchangeable, both work hand-in-hand to advance a vision for a more just and equitable nonprofit sector. In short, a racial equity lens is needed in order to fully embody trust-based philanthropy, and trust-based philanthropy is a helpful framework to actualize racial equity within philanthropy. To learn more about the distinctions and correlations, you can review the guide on The Intersection of Trust-Based Philanthropy & Racial Equity.

This multi-part series will explore the relationship between the two approaches, to understand why a racial equity lens is needed (the issue), what a racial equity lens is in a trust-based approach (the answer), and how to operationalize it (the implementation). This series will include comprehensive data-informed content, rich discussion and insights from sector thought leaders, as well as an opportunity to connect with a cohort of peers actively working to understand and operationalize these concepts within their grantmaking organizations.


This virtual program includes a total of six gatherings: three educational workshops (90 minutes) complemented by three corresponding cohort-based discussion groups (60 minutes).

  • Workshop Session 1: Nov. 29, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am PT / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
  • Cohort Discussion 1: Dec. 12, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am PT / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
  • Workshop Session 2: Jan. 18, 2024| 10:00 - 11:30 am PT / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
  • Cohort Discussion 2: Feb. 8, 2024| 10:00 am - 11:00 am PT / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
  • Workshop Session 3: Feb. 21, 2024| 10:00 am - 11:30 am PT / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
  • Cohort Discussion 3: Mar. 4, 2024| 10:00 am - 11:00 am PT / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Who should attend:

  • This series is intended for leadership and staff of grantmaking organizations with some level of influence in operationalizing organizational change.
  • Participants should come with a foundational understanding of the core concepts and values of trust-based philanthropy, and ideally have attended some trust-based philanthropy programming in the past. This program will not spend significant time explaining the foundational practices and tenets of a trust-based approach.
  • Participants should be familiar with preliminary definitions and concepts related to racial equity work. This program will not spend significant time reviewing general definitions and introductory equity principles.
  • Participants should have an explicitly identified organizational/grant-making goal towards operationalizing trust-based philanthropy and/or racial equity (ideally both).
  • This series is intended to be collaborative and interactive, particularly in the cohort discussion sessions. Participants should be prepared to engage and participate in discussion, reflection, and sharing.
  • Participants must be willing to commit to attending the majority of the sessions, including workshops and facilitated cohort discussions. We only recommend registering if you are able to attend all three cohort discussions, and ideally all content sessions.

Participant Fee:

As this is an intensive, skill-building cohort, we are charging a fee of $200 for participation in the full series. Members of participating philanthropy-serving organizations will receive a discounted fee of $150. (See full list of participating philanthropy serving organizations below)

Participating Philanthropy Serving Organizations Partners


To register as an NCG member and receive the member discount, navigate to the Eventbrite, and enter the code PARTNER.


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