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Making the Case for Trust-Based Philanthropy: An Equity Signature Series Workshop

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Monday, Jun 24, 2024
11 am - 2 pm EDT




This event is free for CMF members.


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About the Event

As trust-based philanthropy gains recognition across the sector, more funders, individual donors and grantmaking professionals are getting curious about this as an approach to alleviate power imbalances and advance community impact. While many leaders and practitioners have a base-level understanding of why trust-based philanthropy is the way to go, many are still grappling with how to make the case to their peers. This can be especially challenging given the range of misperceptions, critiques and questions that come up for those who are less familiar with trust-based philanthropy.

Being able to make the case is an important skill to cultivate as you seek to inspire organizational change. Join CMF and the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project for an interactive 3-hour workshop for a thorough discussion on making the case for trust-based philanthropy, including:

  • Talking points for getting the conversation started
  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions 
  • Ways to address tricky misperceptions
  • Opportunities to leverage insights and data from nonprofits to jumpstart change.

Please feel free to bring your lunch for the first hour of our session!

Who should attend
The workshop will be designed to support grantmakers across various roles who are curious about ways to use their positionality to be a part of this greater movement of change.

Workshop outline
Hour 1: Communicating (audience, the why, and the what)
Hour 2: Responding (to critique/ misperceptions/hurdles)
Hour 3: Practicing (change management best practices & coaching)

There will be interaction, reflection, activities and Q&A throughout the entire workshop. There will be a brief break around the halfway point.

Chantias Ford

Chantias Ford

Director of Programs and Strategic Learning
Trust-Based Philanthropy Project

Director of Programs and Strategic Learning Chantias Ford leads in the development, execution, and evaluation of Trust-Based Philanthropy Project’s educational programming, webinars, and cohorts. In this highly collaborative role, she delivers action-oriented, transformative learning opportunities to philanthropy professionals looking to uplift trust-based philanthropy values and practices. Chantias comes with a strong diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) background, and brings a wide array of philanthropic expertise, having worked as a practitioner in a philanthropy-serving organization, funder (program officer), consultant, evaluator, grantee, and grant writer. Chantias most recently came from PEAK Grantmaking, where she led educational programming, thought leadership, and peer engagement for PEAK’s diverse membership of grants managers and philanthropic professionals. Chantias is passionate about building community, using research and data for impact, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She earned her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.Ed in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies from Vanderbilt University. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama, and enjoys music, traveling, and spending time with her affectionate cat.

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Danielle LaJoie

Senior Manager of Partnerships & Programming
Trust-Based Philanthropy Project

Danielle joined the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project as Senior Manager of Partnerships and Programming in 2023. Prior to her role at the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, Danielle served as the Manager of Strategic Programs and Partnerships at Groundworks New Mexico, where she steered collaborative philanthropy initiatives, cultivated organizational partners, and provided programming for grantmaker members. She brings nearly a decade of experience working with grantmakers and philanthropy serving organizations to reimagine and reshape the sector. Earlier in her career, Danielle developed and implemented programs for regional and national philanthropic infrastructure organizations including the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Her career began by working with organizations to promote youth-led philanthropy. Danielle earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration degree in Nonprofit and Philanthropy Leadership from Grand Valley State University. On the weekends, you can find her reading, cooking, or searching for her next favorite podcast.

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