Help us decide how to make PB better with your donations!

To practice what we preach, PBP invites everyone who donates to our organization to decide how part of the donations are spent – it’s our own participatory budgeting process called PB2. Yep, we really believe in this democracy thing.


Why do we as an organization do PB with our supporters? To...

  • Build more engagement between PBP and our supporters
  • Build deeper understanding of what PBP does and how PB works
  • Generate new ideas for PBP’s work
  • Identify top priorities for PBP’s work
  • Generate more funding to move forward top priorities

Past Funded Projects



Data for Delegates (2016) This project is now complete! As a civic health innovator in the Healthy Public Project at Civic Hall Labs, we’ve partnered to curate a list of open data resources that will help you obtain the information you need to evaluate community needs and the impact that projects might have on particular communities. Check out our Data for Delegates web portal here.


PB in Schools Video (2016) This project is currently in its implementation stage with more updates to come soon. We will produce a 3-5 minute PB in Schools video, documenting a PB process in which students decide how to spend part of their school budget. The video will complement the new PB in Schools curriculum and help advocates win more school PB processes.


Toolkit: Organizing Marginalized Communities in PB (2015) This project is newly funded and in the planning stages. The toolkit will comprise resources and guidance on organizing and engaging traditionally underrepresented communities in PB processes. It will build on outreach materials developed in local PB processes, and will include sample rap sheets and talking points, publicity materials, instructions for phone-banking and door-knocking.

PB in Schools Curriculum (2015)

This project is newly funded and in the planning stages. We will work with a professional curriculum developer to create lesson plans that teachers can use to implement PB in schools, and draw on existing lesson plans drafted for various school PB processes to develop and refine easy to use template materials.

Online Tools for Asking Local Officials to Launch PB (2015*)

This project is newly funded and in the planning stages. We plan to develop or integrate a free online tool for pitching PB directly to local officials. We’ll work with partners and software developers to integrate “contact your local official” tools on our website, so that anyone can write, call, or tweet at their local officials. We’ll also develop sample messages, tweets, and phone raps to help focus organizing efforts. * = Thanks to an anonymous donor, we were able to fund this project for the 2015 PB2 cycle.

Conference Scholarships for Youth and Low-Income Participants (2014)

We were able to provide travel and lodging for several young people to attend the 3rd International Conference on PB in North America which resulted in the panel Youth Power Through PB featuring panelists from across the country including Vallejo, NYC, and Boston.

PBP Computer Upgrade (2014)

In addition to several new computers, we have also upgraded our software and services to improve billing by tracking hours more effectively and increase our capacity to produce materials in-house.

Develop Youth PB Campaign (2013)

We have worked with Californians for Justice to launch the biggest school PB process in the US in San Jose, CA and are continuing to build partnerships that will bring more young people into PB. We have developed an info sheet, a webinar, and are exploring partnerships with schools and funders interested in PB to amplify and empower student voices. Read more about our campaign here!

Organizing for PB Toolkit (2013)

The first iteration of the Organizing toolkit was launched at the 2014 International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America. It has been downloaded more than 250 times by organizers around the world.

Hire a part-time Development Associate. (2012)

The initial $4,000 from PB2 have enabled us to raise $60,000 more to provide support for local PB processes.

The fantastic new PB Intro Video (and an additional short teaser and extended cut). (2012)

With your $5,000 investment, the video went on to win a $15,000 award from the MacArthur Foundation. These additional funds covered additional video documentation of PBNYC.