Trust Based Philanthropy – Why Now?


Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


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Co-sponsored by the Initiative for Responsible Investment

Join the Center for Public Leadership for a discussion with Pia Infante, trustee & executive director of The Whitman Institute, and chair of the Trust Based Philanthropy Project. In this event, we will explore the origins and architecture of trust based philanthropy, a philanthropy rooted in humility and accountability. How is Trust Based Philanthropy (TBP) relevant in increasingly complex times? We will situate TBP in the context of surging white nationalist movements, racial reckoning, the undermining of U.S. democracy, and the crisis of conscience that appears to be sweeping the philanthropic sector.
This conversation will be moderated by David Wood, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and the Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment.

Pia Infante is a Trustee and Co-Executive Director of The Whitman Institute (TWI), an independent foundation that leverages trust based philanthropy for social, political and economic equity.

Ms. Infante draws on decades of multi-sector experience as an educator, facilitator, organizational consultant, executive coach, non-profit manager, business owner, writer and speaker to steward TWI's mission and spend out, slated for 2022.

Pia believes we have the collective imagination and power to redesign philanthropy to center the people we serve. In particular, she advocates for deep, inclusive collaboration that listens to and follows the leadership of those who directly experience the pain points of inequities. Ms. Infante has spoken on trust based philanthropy and values based leadership at Yale University, Ashoka Future Forum, The Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA’s Luskin School, Skoll World Forum, Latino Community Foundation, Council on Foundations, and Northern California Grantmakers.

Ms. Infante serves on the boards of Vera List Center for Art & Politics and She is Visiting Faculty at The University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment. She holds a M.A. in Education from the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Follow her
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This event is open to HKS students, faculty, and staff. The session will be recorded, and may be posted to YouTube and/or CPL's social media channels. Attendees must register for this event using the registration link above. Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodation or who have questions about access, please contact in advance of the session.