October 28, 2020
By Elaine Mui
Published in PEAK Grantmaking Journal, Fall 2020 Issue, Reimagining Grantmaking
At General Service Foundation, values guide our work and our practices. In 2016, we identified “justice” as our north star, and affirmed a set of values based in justice that we have been working to operationalize. Justice frames the ways in which we do our work and build the trust-based relationships that form the heart of our work.
As a grantmaker, we know that we earn trust when we convey that a partner is heard, honor their time, and center their expertise regarding the solutions that their communities need. Trust means valuing grantees’ energy and honoring our shared goals in advancing equality and justice. Importantly, trust also shifts the power dynamics between funders and grantees, and moves us towards a partnership centered on love and respect.
Trust shows up across our foundation, in each of our roles. Grants managers have a vital role in creating and managing systems that can either build trust or build barriers to trust. Here are a few of the ways that we have worked to center trust in our grants process:
We encourage our philanthropic colleagues to lean into your values, and support your partners with love and trust.
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Artwork by Celeste Byers for amplifier.org.