Leading with Transparency in Grantmaking


Open, honest, and transparent communication with grantee partners can help minimize power imbalances and help foster a sense of mutual transparency and accountability that is critical to our success as grantmakers.

Hear from Shaady Salehi, executive director, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, Lisa Maloney-Vinz, director of global community relations, Ecolab Foundation, Drexel Owusu, chief impact officer, The Dallas Foundation, and Lauren Scott, executive director, Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund about how their organizations are embracing transparency in this excerpt of a recent Blackbaud webinar. Click on the webinar link below to learn more about their transparent grantmaking journeys and learnings.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • What is trust-based philanthropy
  • Why it’s important for grantmakers to be transparent with nonprofit partners and potential partners
  • How to cultivate honest funder-grantee relationships
  • Where to start in increasing transparency within your grantmaking organization

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