Do Participatory Grantmakers Have More Fun?

Last week Derek Bardowell asked me “how are your happiness levels?”. Then Hannah Paterson  tweeted #ParticipatoryGrantmakersHaveMoreFun. Yes, I am pretty happy. Yes, I do think participatory grantmakers have more fun.   […]

Feedback with Love

How do we use this space to make philanthropy and the work many of us are doing better? 

Paying Decision-Makers

Cameron Bray, Learning & Participation Manager at Barking & Dagenham Giving and Anne Shewring, Programme Director at Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving , reflect on their experiences with compensating people for their time spent on participatory processes.

A word about language.

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The phrase “Participatory Grantmaking” is not perfect. It’s both hard to say and difficult to spell. There are limitations, and there are numerous definitions and overlapping concepts. And yet, it […]

Putting Participation in Participatory Grantmaking

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If we are doing Participatory Grantmaking by just inviting people to engage in the work that we do, in the way that we do it, without any wrap-around support we are always just setting them up for failure. The most exciting and rewarding part of my role is working with community members to help them make funding decisions.

Questions for Funders to Reflect on

At the Participatory Grantmaking 101 session I did a reverse Q&A where I asked the attendees a number of questions to reflect and ponder on and I invite you to do the same.