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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.

Public funding allocated through PB
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Community-generated winning projects
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PB participants across the US & Canada
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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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PBP Spring 2024 Newsletter

Headlines and Highlights Vote in PB2! How should we spend $20,000 to advance democracy? You decide! We invite you to take a few minutes to...
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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...

People’s Budgets 101 Webinar: Radically Re-imagining Democracy

How can the growing movement for People's Budgets promote participatory democracy and social justice? Megan Castillo and Andrew Krinks joined us for a candid and...

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