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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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Insight on Participatory Grantmaking: Mutisya Leonard, UHAI EASHRI

20 September 2018

Mutisya Leonard

This short video is about why participatory grantmaking is important in the context of UHAI’s work.

Categories: Stories. Tags: LGBTQIA+. Format: Video. Source: Grantcraft. Length: 3 minutes.

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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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Five reasons to support participatory grantmaking, Rose Longhurst, Edge Fund

7 August 2017

Rose Longhurst

This consice aritcle describes five benefits of participatory grantmaking.

Categories: Advocacy. Format: Online Article. Source: Alliance Magazine. Length: 800 words.

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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Staff, Skills and Operationalisation — Putting Participatory Grant Making (PGM) into Practice

9 February 2020

Hannah Paterson

Article about the resources (budget and staff skills) needed to implement participatory grantmaking.

Categories: Practical. Tags: Operations. Format: Online Article. Source: Medium. Length: 1500 words.

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Participatory Grantmaking During COVID-19

1 July 2020

Camden Giving

This is detailed report on Camden Giving’s approach to participatory grantmaking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Categories: Stories. Tags: COVID-19. Format: PDF report. Geography: UK. Source: Camden Giving. Length: 12 pages.

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Exploring Participatory Grantmaking with Grants Managers

11 February 2020

Tierney Smith & Katy Love

This interview-style article features tips from Janice Tud and Arlene Wilson-Grant for administering grants in a participatory grantmaking context.

Categories: Practical. Tags: Operations. Format: Online Article. Source: GrantBook. Length: 2000 words.

Participatory Philanthropy with Rose Longhurst

1 October 2019

Rhodri Davies & Rose Longhurst

Rose Longhurst discusses participation in philanthropy and her experience of radical approaches to grantmaking with Edge Fund (and others).

Categories: Stories. Tags: Movements. Format: Audio. Source: Giving Thought. Length: 60 minutes.

Mechanics of Participatory Grantmaking: Durfee

15 March 2021

GrantCraft by Candid

This is part of a series of brief stories that feature the work of participatory grantmakers from Grantcraft.

Categories: Stories. Source: Grantcraft.

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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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