On the Trust

The Trust on Humanistic Inquiry and Expression was established to help ensure that a greater array of humanists, in craft and study, have access to conditions needed to best develop and deepen their contributions to our societies. The Trust arose out of a deeply informed understanding of the comparatively under-resourced and often perilous conditions for humanistic work in Africa and in much of its global diasporas, as well as perennially insufficient levels of support for institutions essential to facilitating such activity. These conditions are more often than not linked to global histories of artistic and cultural production and to the place, function, or status often allotted to the arts and cultures of Africa and its diasporas, as well as to communities that are intimately and structurally related, and regularly underrepresented or misrepresented in form, content, and value. The Trust therefore sees part of its work as addressing issues of representation and self-representation in future efforts in the humanities, with a central mission to improve their range, rigor, depth, quality, and contributions to shared societies.


The Trust’s Finances

The Trust on Humanistic Inquiry and Expression 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 of Centers for Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Report on Funding for Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Fellowship in Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Grant in Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Newsletter on Humanistic Inquiry and Expression