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January Quarterly Membership Meeting: Trust-Based Philanthropy

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Join us for a conversation with Lisa Cowan, Vice President of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation about the principles of Trust-Based Philanthropy. The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project is a collaborative learning and advocacy initiative geared toward promoting more trust-based practices in the sector. This conversation will build on our October session with GEO.


  • Welcome & Introductions, Kari McCann Boutell, President – Iowa Council of Foundations
  • Review & Update on Foundation Openness Cohort Research Report, Stacy Van Gorp – See What I Mean
  • Q&A Dialogue with Grantees, Facilitated by Lisa Cowan – Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • Networking Lunch
  • Trust-Based Philanthropy 101 & Connecting the Dots, Lisa Cowan – Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • ICoF Updates & Wrap Up, Kari McCann Boutell – Iowa Council of Foundations

Learning Objectives:

  • Refocus on our research and learnings from the Foundation Openness Cohort and explore connections between that work and the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project.
  • Gain an understanding of the six principles of trust-based philanthropy and learn about what the principles look like in practice from both funders and grantee partners.
  • Hear from grantee partners how funders in Iowa are supporting them through trusting relationships.
  • Explore how diversity, equity, and inclusion are supported by trust-based philanthropy.

Who should attend?

  • Foundation executives who support organizational culture and operations
  • Grantmaking staff who support grant programs and programming
  • Program staff who coordinate nonprofit networks, nonprofit learning, nonprofit trainings, and support nonprofit peer-learning
  • Evaluation staff who track and monitor progress for the foundation and/or their community
  • Staff at new foundations that are establishing their grant programs and focus areas

Please join us – we think this session has something for everyone!

Our Speaker: Lisa Cowan is the Vice President of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. In this capacity, she helps with strategy, development, and oversight of foundation programs and grantmaking. Lisa has been working with community-based organizations for the last 25 years, first as a community health educator and program director at several youth-serving agencies, then as a Senior Consultant at Community Resource Exchange. Lisa was the Co-Founder of College Access: Research and Action, where she continues to act as an advisor. Most recently, Lisa was the Principal Consultant at Hummingbird Consulting from 2013-2016.

Lisa sits on the board of Brooklyn Workforce Innovations. She served as the Board President of the Red Hook Initiative from 2005-2013. Lisa is a third-generation New Yorker. She graduated from Wesleyan University and was a Coro Fellow in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

*Please note that each member is allowed one free registration, and the cost for additional registrants is $25.00.

Meeting Sponsor:

Our thanks to Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation for sponsoring this membership meeting.



January 30
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Goodwill of Central Iowa
5355 NW 86th Street
Johnston, IA 50131 United States
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Kari McCann Boutell


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