“to foster conditions that best enable underrepresented communities throughout the world, and their full array of civic persons, to participate more equitably in their governance”
On the Trust
The Trust on the Ethics of Civic Participation and Governance was established to foster conditions that best enable underrepresented communities throughout the world, and their full array of civic persons, to participate more equitably in their governance. The primary focus of the Trust is less on specific party or policy outcomes from political participation, debate, and governance than on the sound fundamentals of such civic activities, and on the practices that have perennially diminished the ability of persons to engage equitably. As with all the Trusts, there is a substantive focus on Africa and its global diasporas, but precisely with wider impediments to ethical governance in mind, including those in other, often structurally related settings that have produced the most regularly underserved, disenfranchised, and marginalized of the world's communities.
The Trust’s Finances
The Trust on the Ethics of Civic Participation and Governance was established as part of the Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, and is subject to the general fiduciary responsibilities outlined in the Declaration.
These include stipulations that limit appropriated spending in any given year to no more than 5% of the three-year average market value of the Trust's current principal, with no less than half of such annual spending dedicated to work on continental Africa.
It is also expected that spending be overwhelmingly dedicated to directly benefiting low-income communities and individuals. Such stipulations are in line with best practices to ensure that the Trust continues to exist in perpetuity and that it continues to have assets to carry out its charitable purposes during that time.
The Trust’s Projects (Actual and Proposed)
The Database for Civic Participation and Governance
The Report on Funding in Civic Participation and Governance
The Fellowship in Civic Participation and Governance
The Grant in Civic Participation and Governance
The Newsletter on Civic Participation and Governance