Trust-Based Philanthropy is rooted in values of advancing equity, shifting power, and building mutually accountable relationships. Applying these values at AMRF means that we: (1) prioritize deep understanding of the needs of our communities, as articulated by local leaders; (2) provide low-barrier sources of flexible funding; and (3) eliminate traditional reporting requirements.
Operating effectively using a trust-based philanthropy model takes time. Developing meaningful and long-lasting community relationships is much more labor intensive than reviewing grant applications. Similarly, we could save ourselves some work by requesting progress reports from grantees. But instead we choose to learn from our partners through informal conversations, and then create the records or paperwork we need for internal purposes.
…we choose to learn from our partners through informal conversations, and then create the records or paperwork we need for internal purposes.
AMRF’s staffing structure is a reflection of our commitment to trust-based principles. We ensure that each team member has the bandwidth and training they need to effectively engage with our grantees and communities in trust-based ways. We prioritize deep relationships and actively seek opportunities to provide non-monetary support.