What We Do

We are a nonprofit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money, primarily in the US and Canada. We create and support participatory budgeting processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective.

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING (PB) is a better way to manage public money. It is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. PB gives ordinary people real decision-making power over real money.

We have worked with partners to engage 100,000 peopleĀ in over 10 Cities to decide how to spend $98,000,000 on more than 440 community projects.

Our approach has been recognized by the White House as a model for civic engagement, and we have been awarded Penn State’s Brown Democracy Medal as the top innovation in advancing democracy around the world.

Our main program areas are:

  1. Technical Assistance and Training

We help governments, institutions, and organizations to implement participatory budgeting processes and campaigns.

  • Advise, design, and implement PB processes
  • Advise and support advocacy, organizing, and educational campaigns to launch and expand PB processes


  1. Participation Lab

We research and develop new tools and practices to make participatory budgeting and democracy work better.

  • Trainings
  • Tech tools
  • Materials
  • Videos
  • Games and exercises
  1. Network Building

We bring together policy practitioners and community organizers to help participatory budgeting grow.

  • Conferences
  • Building and supporting networks of practitioners, organizers, officials and researchers
  • Talks, articles and other public education that expands PB networks and interest