Demystifying Trust-Based Philanthropy Part 5 of 6 - What Does Evaluation Look Like in a Trust-Based Context?

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT
Virtual meeting - Register by July 11
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The Program

Trust-based philanthropy is a philosophy and approach rooted in values of relationship-building, mutual learning, and systemic equity – with a vision of advancing a healthier and more impactful nonprofit sector. In partnership with the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, we are offering a six-part webinar series to help address common questions, clarify misconceptions, and explore ways to overcome obstacles in implementing trust-based philanthropy.

While this approach is generally associated with six core grantmaking practices such as multi-year unrestricted funding and streamlined paperwork, the day-to-day work of trust-based philanthropy is very nuanced and dynamic. In fact, funders who have embraced this approach are finding that it requires ongoing self-reflection and rigor with regards to how they think about – and evolve – many of the deeply embedded practices and assumptions of traditional philanthropy.

Given these nuances, it is not surprising that there are many questions and occasional misperceptions about what it actually means to embody trust-based philanthropy in practice. In this 6-part webinar series, the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project will explore some of the most commonly asked questions and the underlying misperceptions that may be roadblocks to understanding and operationalizing trust-based philanthropy.

What will you learn?

At the end of Session 5 of 6, participants will be able to:

  • Clarify the misperception that trust-based philanthropy is at odds with rigorous impact evaluation because of its focus on relationships over project-specific metrics
  • Identify strategies that prioritizes a learning stance over a proving stance, as it relates to impact evaluation
  • Discuss examples of how grantmakers are relying on rigor and continuous learning to understand impact
  • Describe trust-based philanthropy's three-pronged approach to learning and evaluation,
  • Identify concrete tools for implementing the three-pronged approach to one's work


  • List of Trust-Based Philanthropy Project guest speakers in formation
  • PNY Representative, Breakout Facilitator

Who should attend?

All interested funders in grantmaking roles. What to expect: presentation followed by breakout discussions.

How do you sign up?

Members: Please click the Register Now link above (no fee).

On registration page, please select Philanthropy New York as your PSO so that you can be sorted in to PNY-facilitated breakout rooms.

Registration for Session 5 is required by July 11.

Registrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to each session. 

Please email with questions or for further information on this program.

What else should you know?

This is a six-session webinar series. Each session in the series will focus on a frequently asked question from the field, and will feature perspectives from foundation leaders and others who have grappled with similar or related questions. At the end of each session, participants will walk away with: 1) a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the underlying cultural philosophy of trust-based philanthropy; 2) tips for how to think about and approach these nuances in their own work; and 3) talking points for how to answer these FAQs when they come up from colleagues or peers.

If you are interested in this session, you might also be interested in one or more of the following sessions:

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