Fleo: What would you describe as the bold things that United Way is doing here in Dallas?
Sampson: We’re committed to becoming a fully inclusive, multicultural, anti-racist organization. This is hard work that requires internal focus for us to make sure that we’re making external changes to our partnerships, investments and advocacy and all of our initiatives. We have a lot of work to do in continuation of our racial equity journey, but to that end, we’re making some changes in our grant-making process aligned with the practice of trust-based philanthropy. This approach seeks to address the inherent power imbalances between nonprofits and the communities they serve.
On a practical level, trust-based philanthropy is demonstrated by multi-year investments, unrestricted giving and flexibility of awarded grants, an open application process, a diversified network of partners, streamlined applications and reporting, and a commitment to building relationships based on transparency, dialogue and mutual learning.
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This article was published on: Dec 3, 2021