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“to help ensure that those dedicating their lives to the pursuit of enhanced public knowledge, especially in the service of underrepresented peoples, have the means to do so to the best of their abilities”

The Trust in Public Knowledge


The Trust in Contributions to Public Knowledge was established to help ensure that those dedicating their careers and lives to the pursuit of enhanced public knowledge, especially in the service of often marginalized and underrepresented peoples, have the means to do so to the best of their abilities.

Conditions for Intellectual Work and Discussion

The Trust is acutely aware of the often difficult conditions for intellectual work and public discussion in Africa and much of its global diasporas, as well as the comparatively inadequate support for institutions that are essential to facilitating such activity.

Histories of Knowledge Production

These conditions are often as linked to global histories of knowledge production as they are to present economic, political and cultural impediments to the revealing study and discussion of Africa, its diasporas, the nature of global relationships between states and communities, and the detailed existence of the world’s most regularly marginalized and disenfranchised peoples.

Improving Shared Knowledge

The Trust is therefore especially attuned to the place, function, and status of studying certain regions, problems, and questions in service of the public interest, with a central mission to improve the range, rigor, depth, and quality of future contributions to local and global knowledge. Knowledge to be shared by and remain of benefit to the widest range of peoples and societies.

The Trust’s Finances


The Trust in Contributions to Public Knowledge 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

Child Looking Up Among Adult Celebrants
Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
Boy Smiling While Showing Hand String Game
Boy Playing Hand Game, 2017 (Alexander Radelich)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)
Tatooed Map on Outstretched Arm
Map on Arm, Dayton, US, 2017 (Don Ross III)
Woman with Arm on Head, Smiling
Woman in Joy, Kolkota, India, 2017 (Loren Joseph)
Boy Among Chidlren in Class, Looking at Camera
Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated by Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
Girl Kneeling in Busy Street
Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)

The Trust’s Works


Provided below is access to further information regarding good works conceived and funded 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 Virtual Dais for Academic and Intellectual Sessions (DAIS)

The Database on Public Knowledge

The Distribution in Public Knowledge

The Report on Public Knowledge

The Report on Public Knowledge

The Fellowship in Public Knowledge

The Fellowship in Public Knowledge

The Grant in Public Knowledge

The Grant in Public Knowledge

The Newsletter on Public Knowledge

The Newsletter on Public Knowledge

Communities at The Trusts

As introduced above, the inspiration for and conditions surrounding the establishment of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts result in a set of core emphases reflected in more than the stated charitable mission. They go on to inform each instance of work and effort to achieve benefit, impact and success in the communities served by The Ikoku Charitable Trusts. And they further produce three features evident in its activities, operations, structure and most importantly, people:


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.


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, dignity 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.


To Ensure a Just and Shared 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 disenfranchised, marginalized and underserved. . 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, Trusts 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, Documents

The policies provided on these Sites collectively constitute our Corporate Code of Conduct and User Agreement, which govern all activity and 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 Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations may be the perfect fit for you.

— Careers at the Trusts

Jobs, Volunteer, Research