2013 PB2 Ballot

In late 2013 we invited PB organizers to help brainstorm project ideas for moving PB forward in North America. Then we asked everyone who donated to PBP last year to vote on which projects to fund in 2014. Here’s the final tally:

Project: Cost: Votes:
Organizing for PB Toolkit $6,000 54
Develop Youth PB Campaign $6,000 43
Translation of Materials $6,000 39
Speaking Tour $6,000 30
Design Upgrade of Materials $7,000 21
Celebration of 25th Anniversary of PB $4,000 11


We committed to use half the money raised in donations to fund the projects with the most votes. Thanks to the generous contributions of 193 supporters, we raised over $28,000 total, so $14,000 for PB2. This means that we can fund the top two projects above: an Organizing for PB Toolkit and a Youth PB Campaign!

We’ll also do our best to move forward on the other priorities, through in-kind support and other resources. And if you missed your chance to give and vote, please consider donating to PBP now, so that we can carry out more of your PB priorities.

1) Organizing for PB Toolkit

Produce a toolkit that will be made available free-of-cost to organizers who hope to bring PB to their communities. The kit would include print, visual, web and video materials that organizers can use in urging local officials and communities to “do PB”. Publicity materials, phone scripts, and social media strategies will help persuasively communicate PB’s ability to bring communities together, connect elected officials with their constituents, and transform budgeting in cities, housing authorities, school districts, and beyond!

Cost: $6,000

Booklet distributed by the PB Unit in the UK.

An advocacy resource prepared by the PB Unit in the UK

2) Celebration for 25th Anniversary of PB

2014 is the 25th anniversary of PB worldwide and the 5th anniversary of PB in the US, and we want to celebrate! Help us honor the hard work of the volunteers who make PB happen, while bringing high-profile attention to PB and raising funds to continue its expansion, through a celebration event in New York City. This project will provide funding to pay a part-time event organizer. We anticipate that these seed funds will enable us to raise at least $20,000 in new revenue to help PB expand.

Cost: $4,000

PB Around the World

3) Speaking Tour

Organize a speaking tour to at least four cities to raise awareness about PB. We’ll travel to key convenings (National League of Cities, National Assn. of Mayors, Federation of Canadian Municipalities and others) to educate elected officials, as well as key grassroots community organizing events (Allied Media Conference, US Social Forum, NetRoots, and others) to support groups who are pushing for PB in their cities.

Cost: $6,000

PB Speaking Tour

4) Design Upgrade of Materials

PB can be hard to explain without the use of strong, clear, visual materials. Building on the success of the PB intro video produced in 2013, we would hire a professional designer to improve the design of our guides, handouts, and other technical assistance materials, to make them more user-friendly, visually appealing, and accessible. This would also include infographics that explain how PB impacts public spending and civic engagement.

Cost: $7,000

PBP Technical Assistance Materials