You decided 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.


Click here to see our 2018 PB2 winning projects that take PB to the next level of impact.

PBP Staff Members Voting




2018 Training and Public Talks Fund Create a fund to sponsor PB talks, briefings, and trainings for local advocates. PBP staff will manage the fund and use it to bring out PB experts to engage local groups and officials, and give them the start up inspiration and skills needed to win approval for a PB process.


2018 PB Awareness Campaign Launch a PB awareness campaign focused on Google AdWords, using an existing $10,000 in-kind grant from Google for free advertising. Target this campaign to communities currently operating or advocating for PB processes, to raise the public awareness and support necessary to grow PB.


Goals for PB2

  • 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

Who Can Participate

  • Who can propose ideas? Anyone!
  • Who will develop proposals? PBP Staff and PB Amplifiers.
  • Who can vote? Anyone who contributes to the funding pot, by making a donation to PBP in the year since the last PB2 vote

Project Eligibility

Projects have to meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding:

  • Be of benefit to local PB processes or campaigns in multiple locations, not just one city.
  • Be specific, measurable, and require funds to be implemented.
    Be feasible for PBP to implement in 2017-18.
  • Cost no more than $10,000.

How to Propose Projects

  • Anyone can submit ideas online.
  • In person at events.
  • We will also directly ask PB organizers across North America.

How to Vote

  • Voting takes place online and at PBP celebration events.
  • Each person may vote once, for up to three projects.
  • Everyone gets the same number of votes, no matter how much or how many times you give.
  • Once you donate, you will receive a link with information on how to vote.

Past Funded Projects




2017 Map of Funded PB Projects Build an initial pilot of a searchable online map to document proposed and funded PB projects by location, vote year, and category across cities in North America.

This visualization tool shows residents what their participation has accomplished, give ideas for projects they could consider, and help them hold agencies more accountable.

Take a look at the map we released for PB Chicago in July 2017 here, and the map we released for PBNYC in Nov 2017 here.


PB for Homeless Services Toolkit


Develop materials that cities and service providers can use to engage homeless people in deciding how public funds are spent on homeless services and programs. The toolkit will identify potential funding streams, implementation strategies, and engagement approaches for using PB to make homeless services more empowering, educational, and effective.

Video: PB Advocacy for Elected Officials

Create powerful video interviews of elected officials who champion PB to highlight the benefits from their point of view. Capture practical, inspiring testimony aimed at their peers to address fears of local elected officials who have not yet implemented PB, such as where the money will come from, how to implement PB, and what voting looks like.



2016 Data for Delegates

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 the People (formerly Data for Delegates) web portal here.



 2016  PB in Schools Video
We produced 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 complements the PB in Schools curriculum and help advocates win more school PB processes.

Watch the video here.


Toolkit: Organizing Marginalized Communities in PB 

This project is complete -- see the organizing toolkit here!

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.



 2015 PB in Schools Curriculum We all want young people to become civically engaged. This can start now, in school! PBP has developed a free Guide for you to give students a direct experience in civic engagement through Participatory Budgeting. Click here to learn more!



 2015 Online Tools for Asking Local Officials to Launch PB Successful campaigns to start PB require support from elected officials who control budgets. And the best way to get them on your side is to speak with them directly. Try to set up a meeting with your representative, and contact us if you need support!



Conference Scholarships for Youth and Low-Income Participants 

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 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

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 The first iteration of the Organizing toolkit was launched at the 2014 International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America. As of Spring 2017, it has been downloaded more than 1,400 times by organizers around the world.



Hire a part-time Development Associate. 



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)
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.