#21 A Conversation with John Esterle, Co-Founder, Trust-Based Philanthropy

Apr 19, 2021

Trust-based philanthropy is a peer-to-peer funder initiative created to address the inherent power imbalances between foundations and nonprofits.

In this episode, we’re going to unpack what trust-based philanthropy is all about and how you can use it in your giving practice, with the Co-Founder of Trust-Based philanthropy, John Esterle!

John is the Co-Executive Director at The Whitman Institute, an independent foundation in San Francisco with a mission to advance equity through funding dialogue, relationship-building and inclusive leadership.

Find out how trust-based philanthropy can redistribute power in service of a healthier and more equitable nonprofit sector as John shares his wisdom and expertise on it and how you can implement its principles in your charitable giving!


Episode Highlights:

  • John’s personal journey to philanthropy.
  • The evolution of trust-based philanthropy.
  • Best ways to leverage your funds.
  • The steps and key components of trust-based philanthropy.
  • How foundations can incorporate the concepts of trust-based philanthropy into their work.
  • Building an ecosystem of trust between trustees and staff.


Our Guest:

John Esterle, Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute



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