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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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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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Participatory Grantmaking: Has Its Time Come?, Ford Foundation

12 October 2017

Cynthia Gibson

Detailed paper arguing for the importance of adopting participatory models in philanthropy.

Categories: Advocacy. Format: PDF report. Source: Ford Foundation. Length: 51 pages.

Breaking Barriers to Participation

3 November 2017

Jurre Anema

This article is a retrospective on the past five years of participatory grantmaking at Red Umbrella Fund, a global fund guided by and for sex workers.

Categories: Stories. Tags: Sex Workers. Format: Online Article. Source: Red Umbrella Fund. Length: 1700 words.

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Why Participatory Philanthropy Is Essential To Progress

26 May 2020

Emily Collins-Ellis

Brief article focused on participatory grantmaking from the perspective of donors and philanthropy advisors.

Categories: Advocacy. Tags: Fundraising. Format: Online Article. Source: Medium. Length: 1200 words.

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Governance Analysis for Participatory Grantmaking and Funder Collaboratives

14 March 2021

Heather Wooten, Samantha Graff & Christine Fry

This report offers 10 examples of how participatory grantmaking works within funder collaboratives, with a focus on governance.

Categories: Practical. Tags: Governance. Format: PDF report. Source: Oneside Partners. Length: 19 pages.

Hannah Paterson, Participatory Grant-Making at the National Lottery Community Fund

1 November 2020

Rachel Stephenson Sheff & Gaby Cervera

Discussion for fundraisers who are curious about how to navigate PG and for funders who are curious about how to implement it.

Categories: Stories. Tags: Fundraising. Format: Audio. Source: What Donors Want. Length: 53 minutes.

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Practical Ideas For Participatory Grantmaking

6 May 2021

Camden Giving, London's Giving & London Funders

This resource aims toaddress the practicalities of implementing participatory grantmaking (PGM) with place-based funders.

Categories: Practical. Tags: Operations. Format: PDF report. Source: London Funders. Length: 31 pages.

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The Story of the Clouds and the Forest

12 May 2021

Ben Roberts, Dojo 2021

There’s a story one often hears in conversations about systemic transformation that goes like this…

Categories: Blog. Tags: blog.

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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.

Participatory Grantmaking: A Success Story from Southern Africa

2 September 2014

Atlantic Philanthropies

“This report describes the participatory approach of the Other Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing human rights in southern Africa, with a
particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.”

Categories: Stories. Tags: LGBTQIA+. Format: PDF report. Geography: Africa. Source: Atlantic Philanthropies. Length: 23 pages.

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