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Engaging communities & deepening democracy in
cities and towns schools organizations policy-making decision-making

Engaging communities & deepening democracy in
cities and towns schools organizations policy-making decision-making

What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over real money.

What We Do

We are a nonprofit organization that works with communities to enable them to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support participatory democratic processes, such as participatory budgeting, that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective.

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PB participants across the US & Canada

Campaigns & Advocacy

Learn, Advocate + Win

We educate stakeholders and advocate for equitable, accessible and significant participatory democracy practices.
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Participation Lab

Innovative Resources + Tools

We support participatory democracy practices by developing and piloting resources and tools.
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Technical Assistance

Want support getting started?

We offer project planning and management, individually tailored training, coaching, materials, and other support.
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Want to dig deeper?

Looking for tools on how to implement PB in your school, community or organization? Check out the resource library!

Latest News

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Tools for Participatory Democracy: Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership

Two-minute public comment periods. Closed-door decisions. Community input workshops where your only way to participate is via sticky note suggestions on a draft plan. Community...
Seattle People's Fellows at an outreach event with collaborators First row second from the left: Aleyanna' Third from the left: Kalie

✨ Seattle People’s Fellows Spotlight: Hanna, Kalie, Aleyanna!

Seattle People's Fellows at an outreach event with collaborators First row second from the left: Aleyanna' Third from the left: Kalie The Seattle People’s Fellows...

Seattle People’s Budget Vote Phase Launches Oct 1st!

From October 1st-14th, public voting will open on Seattle's $27 million participatory budgeting process. 18 proposals will be on the ballot for community members to...

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