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Participatory grantmaking is as much art as science. We’ve curated resources and best practices about how to shift power effectively, equitably and authentically

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Mechanics of Participatory Grantmaking

For practitioners starting out with participatory grantmaking or looking to refine their own participatory processes, understanding the minutia how other foundations approach this work can be invaluable.

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Model City Bringing Sports Power People

14 December 2020

Lee Parker

This article tells the story of the Model City program.

Categories: Stories. Tags: Sports. Format: Online Article. Geography: UK. Source: Emily Salley. Length: 1500 words.


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Giving Up Grant-Making Power: Lessons learned from 10 years of Shared Gifting Circles

12 December 2019

Kelley Buhles

This case story explores the approach of RSF Social Finance to implementing giving circles, where participants decide among themselves how to distribute funding among one another.

Categories: Stories. Tags: Power. Format: Online Article. Source: Medium. Length: 1500 words.


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Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking, GrantCraft

2 October 2018

Cynthia Gibson & Jen Bokoff, GrantCraft by Candid

This report shares lessons learned from participatory funders around the world.

Categories: Practical. Tags: featured. Format: PDF report. Source: Grantcraft. Length: 61 pages.


Shared Gifting Toolkit

11 October 2019

Kelley Buhles, Afsana Hye, Raquel Iglesias, & Ellie Lanphier

This brief report includes practical tips on implementing a shared gifting practice.

Categories: Practical. Format: PDF report. Length: 5 pages.


Change not Charity

15 March 2021

Theodora Lurie

This detailed report describes the history of the Funding Exchange, which played a leading role as a participatory funder until it closed in 2012.

Categories: Stories. Tags: Movements. Format: PDF report. Source: Funding Exchange. Length: 92 pages.


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Putting Participation in Participatory Grantmaking

9 February 2021

Khadra Aden

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.

Categories: Blog. Tags: featuredBlog.


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Participatory grantmaking: can we afford not to do it?

10 December 2019

Stellah Wairium Bosire, Rose Longhurst, Katy Love & Diana Samarasan

This interview-style article addresses some of the most common questions participatory grantmakers are asked to address.

Categories: Advocacy. Format: Online Article. Source: Alliance Magazine. Length: 1600 words.


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A word about language.

12 March 2021

Katy Love & Ruby Johnson

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 […]

Categories: Blog. Tags: featuredBlog.


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A Look Back at the Lankelly Chase Power Inquiry

11 October 2019

Joe Doran

Brief article that describes how participatory grantmaking fits into Lankelly Chase’s Power Inquiry.

Categories: Advocacy. Tags: Power. Format: Online Article. Source: Lankelly Chase. Length: 1300 words.


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Participatory Grantmaking 101

13 January 2021

Hannah Paterson

A video recording of the first in a series of webinars on participatory grantmaking, which addresses participatory grantmaking basics.

Categories: Practical. Tags: Basics. Format: Video. Source: YouTube (Hannah Paterson). Length: 58 minutes.



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