On the Trust

The Trust on Rights and Covenants was established to help ensure that a greater number of under-represented communities throughout the world, and their full civic membership, know, enjoy, and are able to determine the rights afforded them by governing laws and international covenants. The Trust draws its primary inspiration from the successes of civil rights and independence movements during the twentieth century and from the ongoing, urgent need to have resulting societies protect and fulfill the civic promises of such movements. The Trust understands this work to include essential support for efforts that help extend developing rights and principles to those within societies who remain underserved, disenfranchised, and marginalized. The primary substantive focus here is on Africa and its global diasporas, but with historically and structurally related communities firmly in mind. In this way, the Trust’s work shall continue to confirm a belief variously re-articulated in the twentieth century and beyond — that the securement and protection of civic rights for the marginalized of a given society is of enduring civic and ethical benefit to that society as a whole.


The Trust’s Finances

The Trust on Rights and Covenants 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 Distribution of Rights and Covenants

The Report on Rights and Covenants

The Fellowship in Rights and Covenants

The Grant in Rights and Covenants

The Newsletter on Rights and Covenants