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Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

“to help ensure that a wider array of humanists, in craft and study, have access to conditions needed to best develop and deepen their contributions to our societies”

The Trust in Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Trust in 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.

Conditions for Humanistic Work

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.

Global Histories for Art and Culture

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.

Representation and Self-Representation

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 in Humanistic Inquiry and Expression was established as part of the Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts. It is therefore subject to the general fiduciary responsibilities outlined in the founding Declaration.

Annual Spending

These responsibilities 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.

Appropriated Spending I

The Declaration also stipulates that no less than half of such annual spending be dedicated to work on continental Africa.

Appropriated Spending II

It is also expected that such annual spending be overwhelmingly dedicated (greater than 75%) to being of direct benefit to low-income communities and individuals.

To Fund in Perpetuity

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.

Reports: In Charts and Numbers

Reports: In Charts and Numbers

The Trust’s Projects (Actual and Proposed)

We provide below access to a number of projects partly funded and conceived under the rubric of this Trust. Note that the operations of said projects are typically the purview of The Ikoku Foundations, and so the links will often guide you to their sites.

The Database of Centers for Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Database of Centers for Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Report on Funding for Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Report on Funding for Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Fellowship in Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Fellowship in Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Grant in Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Grant in Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Newsletter on Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Newsletter on Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

The Trusts Areas

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts hold and manage the donated assets of The Ikoku Foundations, with specified attention to areas of focus delineated in the founding Declaration of Trust. Below is access to further information in each of the Trusts Areas.

Agriculture and Sustenance

Contributions to Public Knowledge

Cultural and Technological Innovation

Energy and Infrastructure

Ethics of Research and Care

Human and Environmental Health

Humanistic Inquiry and Expression

Public Opinion and Civic Discourse

Rights and Covenants

01.

Governace Suited to Local and Global Philanthropy

We have designed the governing structure of the Ikoku Trusts and Foundations in order to be attentive to needs and operations at the local and global level, as well as across the complex states and societies where our communities reside, living shared, interdependent lives.

02.

With Respect Being Central to Our Ethics

At the core of our founding and governing Code of Ethics is a commitment to the most robust conceptions of respect and humanity, including and beyond what the law has protected and provided for, as we fulfill our twin mottos: to serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas; and to account for the past while ensuring a shared and just future.

03.

To Ensure a Shared and Just Future For Many

We are inspired by peoples who have contributed to the foundations and development of their societies, despite a history of systemic difficulties. Who maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them, and will enhance the futures of the regularly underserved, marginalized, disenfranchised. We draw from their example a vision of the public good and common community that is our hope and objective.

More About Us

The Ikoku Trusts

We are independent, private, non-profit organizations that serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic communities, and emerging institutions.

— About Us

Nature, Scope, Means

Our founding mission and ongoing emphases of support are for good works that help the public understand Africa's essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sound, and equitable, of deep benefit across communities in shared societies.

— Founding & Overview

Mission, Charitable Goals, Trust Areas

To this end, we are governed by a Board of Trustees and two differently dedicated Advisory Boards of Directors — a three-board system set out and defined in the original Declaration of Trust, where our founding and governing Code of Ethics is also delineated.

— Governance

Leadership, Boards, Corporate Documents

The policies provided above collectively constitute our Corporate Code of Conduct and User Agreement, which governs all work in and for, access to and use of, association with and reference to The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Please read them attentively.

— Policies

Terms of Use & Service, Code of Ethics

Take a look, and follow us, during media events we attend and the coverage that at times precedes them or ensues. You may also sign up for our newsletter, which will update you about news and events from the publics we serve.

— Press & Media

News, Events, Articles

Join us as a potential leader, staff, board or committee member, researcher or educator, contributor or volunteer. A career of doing good through the Ikoku Trusts and Foundations may be the perfect fit for you.

— Careers At Ikoku

Jobs, Volunteer, Research