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Facilitation: The Secret Ingredient for Successful Participatory Decision-Making in Philanthropy

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a bad experience working with a group of people to make a decision. In our years of talking to staff, boards, and communities about participatory philanthropy, people often talk about their worst participatory decision-making experiences. New to Participatory Grantmaking?

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Participatory Grantmaking: I’m in! Now what?

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You’ve read about participatory grantmaking—and maybe even heard about other organizations using this model to distribute control of their funding strategy and grants decisions to the communities they serve. Not sure if participatory grantmaking is for you or maybe you need a refresher on what it is? Is this you?

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An Evolution of Evaluation in Grantmaking With a Participatory Lens

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A Shared and Flexible Understanding of Impact As practitioners of and advocates for participatory philanthropy, we believe there’s a better way. Like many other activities in participatory philanthropy, this approach considers the process to be as important as the outcomes. It promotes mutuality instead of extraction.

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Grantmaking: What’s Participation Got to Do with It?

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Lots of grantmakers are intrigued by participatory grantmaking. Participatory grantmaking invites to decision-making tables people who have historically been excluded. Why Would a Grantmaker Choose a Participatory Grantmaking Approach? So, what does participatory grantmaking look like in practice? Those at the top decide.

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Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are different ways to design a participatory workshop. It could be 100% in that participants provide the content by connecting with others and sharing experience and knowledge. A more participatory approach, and one that Allen Gunn uses, is to crowdsource provocative questions from participants. We chose the latter.

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Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I also had an opportunity to attend a couple of sessions that used participatory facilitation techniques. If you are new to participatory facilitation techniques, use the Spectagram as an opener and use it to better understand skill levels in the room. Here’s what I learned. Spectragram. Next, try provocative statements.

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Taking Local Currency Digital: A New Experiment Emerges

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The experiment proved successful. Of course, this is an experiment, and the proof of concept remains in the execution. The user experience of the BerkShares app will resemble those of mobile payment services such as Venmo. Given the lack of established models, there will undoubtedly be some unanticipated curves ahead.

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