February Newsletter – PBP love letters: job opening, hot date, relationship advice & Sleepless in Seattle

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This February, we’re showing some LOVE for participatory budgeting! This is our love letter to all of you working with us to deepen democracy, build community, and empower people to make the decisions that affect their daily lives.

1. You’ve got a date… with PBP!

We hope you’ll save the date for a #PBParty on June 16th in NYC: PBP’s Annual Benefit!

Even if you can’t be there physically, you can still participate in the celebration! This will include voting in our PB2 process (where YOU decide the projects we should pursue), highlighting amazing honorees, and much MUCH more!

2. Searching for you…PBP job opening!

PB Help Wanted
A practical problem-solver who gets things done and is committed to democracy. You have an eye for executing and improving internal systems, a mind for managing budget numbers and equipment specs, and a heart for supporting a process-oriented and hard-working team.

Us: A young non-profit organization growing rapidly to support the expanding field of participatory budgeting, and looking for a new Operations Manager.

Want to see if we have the right chemistry? Take a look at the full job description and send us an application by March 6.

3. Sleepless (for PB) in Seattle

We’re pretty sure that PB has the same effect on Seattle as Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

When PB met Sally
Taken word for word from Sleepless in Seattle… well, almost.

Sparks flew as residents gathered at City Hall to hear PBP’s Ginny Browne speak about participatory budgeting last month at a public forum hosted by Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata.  

Councilmember Licata is thrilled to bring participatory budgeting to Seattle. PBP is assisting Licata to launch a new committee of neighborhood councils and community groups to develop a plan for PB in Seattle. PBP will be back soon for a second info session and committee meetings. “If that works well,” Licata says, “ultimately citywide is where we want it to go if we’re going to impact [large city] departments.”

Other city council members were also enthused by the prospect of participatory budgeting in Seattle. Council President Tim Burgess said he “love[s] the idea.” And we do too!

Seattle publication The Stranger swooned over last month’s event too, agreeing with Browne that PB “brings people to the table who don’t usually have a seat when budgets are being made.”

For more about the event, check out our blog post!

4. PB & public housing: a match made at City Council

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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito proudly announced a new match between the NYC Housing Authority and participatory budgeting at her recent State of the City address. This will be the first PB process for public housing in the U.S., building on years of organizing and planning by PBP and our partner Community Voices Heard.

“We’re proud to announce that the Council will provide new funding to start engaging residents at NYCHA developments in a robust expansion of the PB process,” Mark-Viverito told New Yorkers. This expansion will connect public housing residents with real power over how public money is spent at their developments.

Thank you to the Speaker for creating a bold new relationship!

5. We moved! New addresses for your PBP love letters

We moved!
If you ever need to find us, here are our new locations:

  • 33 Flatbush Ave, 4th Floor | Brooklyn, NY 11217

  • 1611 Telegraph Ave, Suite 1008 | Oakland, CA 94612

Come and visit us sometime!

6. Our blog misses you!

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Here are some posts you may have (dearly) missed in the flurry of the New Year:



A non-profit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money.

Let’s take this to the next level…

Join us! Here are some ways we can take this relationship to the next level. 

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Spend some quality time with us

We need volunteers with experience in outreach, facilitation, fundraising, communications, and/or design!

Spread the love!

Start participatory budgeting in your city, school or neighborhood!

But first, show us some LOVE…

You know how important PB is for transforming democracy. So support our work!

Our commitment to democracy means that everyone who donates will get to vote on how the donations are used.

Donate and Vote!

Can we get some introductions?


Introduce us to your parents, your family, and your community! Share our beautifully-made, award-winning “Real Money, Real Power” to learn about how PB works to empower local residents!


What do you say? Do you want to learn more about us? Have questions about PB? Want to get involved? Let us know what you think!

Thank so much for all your love and continued support!

Until next time,


Participatory Budgeting Project

p.s. Our work is a labor of love, only possible thanks to generous support from over 175 individuals last year, public funds, and our amazing foundation partners: