"to help ensure that those dedicating their lives to the pursuit of knowledge, in service of underserved communities, have the means to do so to the best of their abilities"
On the Trust
The Trust on Contributions to Knowledge was established to help ensure that those dedicating their lives to the pursuit of knowledge, in service of underserved communities, have the means to do so to the best of their abilities. The Trust is acutely aware of the often subpar conditions for intellectual work in Africa and in much of its global diasporas, as well as the comparatively inadequate support for institutions that are essential to facilitating such activity. These conditions are more often than not linked to global histories of knowledge production and to the place, function, or status often allotted to the study of Africa and its diasporas, as well as to the world's most regularly underserved, disenfranchised, and marginalized communities. The Trust is therefore especially attuned to issues of underrepresentation and self-representation in future contributions to local and global knowledge, with a central mission to improve their range, rigor, depth, and quality.
The Trust's Projects
Project to be posted here.
The Trust's Finances
The Trust on Contributions to Knowledge 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.