Trust-Based Philanthropy Definitions

Trust-Based Philanthropy:

A process to address long-standing power imbalances and increase equity in philanthropy. This approach requires funders to build relationships with grantee organizations through trust-based practices and behaviors. More information available on our resources page.

Transformative Change:

Transformative change means addressing the root causes of issues and inequities as opposed to the symptoms. We want to support organizations that work in partnership with others toward collective impact and those that build power among those who may lack it. Transformative change can be harder to measure and can take longer to achieve. Here is an example: many direct-service organizations provide counseling to teens that have been incarnated helping them as individuals, but not necessarily addressing the root causes of their troubles. Community Passageways, one of the Impact 100 Seattle 2020 grant recipients is addressing the root cause of youth incarceration by working with the whole community to prevent youth from entering the ‘school to prison pipeline.' They educate and advocate within their community and the systems (schools, law enforcement, social services) to reduce the amount of time youth spend in prisons.

Under-Served Populations:

Populations that historically have been denied benefits due to social status, race, language, geography, ability to pay or other reasons.


A possession of control, authority or influence over others.


Equity is achieved when you can no longer predict an advantage or disadvantage based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability. An equity framework is a proactive, strategic approach to improving outcomes that accounts for structural differences in opportunities, burdens and needs in order to advance targeted solutions that fulfill the promise of true equality for all.