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Join me today in supporting the Participatory Budgeting Project

PBP-logoAs a member the Participatory Budgeting Project’s advisory board, I wanted to invite you to join me today, on Giving Tuesday, in supporting a group that is doing amazing work bringing Participatory Budgeting (PB) to the U.S. PB is a process that empowers people to decide how tax dollars are spent in their communities. People come together to brainstorm ideas for how to improve their community, work with experts to turn these ideas into concrete proposals, and then vote to decide which proposals get funded. This revolutionary process has been used all over the world to decide how to spend over a billion dollars.

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) makes this happen across North America, and I’m proud to serve on their Advisory Board. Since 2010, PBP has worked with partners in places like New York, Chicago, and California to engage 30,000 people in deciding on how to spend nearly $30 million in their communities. They’ve got a great video if you want to learn more. Or you can read about those who are experiencing the excitement of PB, such as Jenny Aguiar, one of the youth participants in the citywide process in Vallejo, CA: 

“I came in for the free pizza … but I stayed because I saw an opportunity to make a change. Before this, I had little to no experience in working with my community, but I had always been interested….

There was a stronger sense of unity that has emerged from PB. Personally, it just opened my eyes to what it was like to actually do something that means something to people… I now know I have the ability to help not just this community, but many more.”

Real Power. Stronger Communities. Better Decisions. These are the results of participatory budgeting, but PBP needs your help to continue this work. Over 20 cities have recently approached them to set up participatory budgeting. There’s a big opportunity to take this movement to the next level and really transform government. Can you make a donation to them today?

By giving today, December 3rd, you can help make your contribution count even more. PBP’s Board and major donors have pledged to match all donations today up to $7,000, meaning that every dollar you give is doubled – give $10 and they receive $20, give $25 and they receive $50, or give $250 and they receive $500.

And when you give you’ll have the opportunity to truly get another taste of participatory budgeting – you’ll receive an email invitation to vote in the group’s own internal PB process, to help them decide how to spend the donations they receive in 2013.

So please, give generously today if you can!

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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