We center our partners by listening, learning from their expertise, and responding to their needs and feedback.
Leading with Trust
Trust-based philanthropy flips the script on traditional philanthropy. With values rooted in advancing equity, shifting power, and building mutually accountable relationships, trust-based philanthropy seeks to demonstrate humility and collaboration in our culture, structures, leadership and practices.
What trust-based philanthropy looks like in our grantmaking:
We’re not getting it right all the time, and we encourage feedback from partners to help us do better. We measure the Foundation’s success as a trust-based funder by regularly surveying our grantees to learn how they perceive our processes and partnership.
Headwaters Foundation is a founding member of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project – check them out to learn more about values and practices that help democratize philanthropy.