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.

Voting ends June 2, 2017


Project 1 | 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 will show residents what their participation has accomplished, give ideas for projects they could consider, and help them hold agencies more accountable.

Project 2 | 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.
Project 2-Homeless

Project 3 | User-Friendly Delegate Materials


Hire a graphic designer to create a more accessible design of budget delegate materials, such as delegate and facilitator guides. This will enable us to redesign core materials, helping delegates structure meetings and work to accomplish goals, and making proposal development more accessible to diverse participants.
Project3 - Delegate Materials

Project 4 | Primer on Legal Issues for PB


Hire a legal researcher to develop a guide on legal issues facing PB processes, for issues such as legislation, accessibility, information management and sharing, and procurement. Compiling legal issues and solutions can help PB processes learn from experiences elsewhere, reduce risks, and avoid problems as they get started.

Project 4- Legal guide

Project 5 | Ballot Template and Guide


It is hard to make PB ballots accessible and easy to navigate and to balance the amount of information to include. We will research best practices, interview PB staff, and work with a designer to create a PB ballot template and guide, to make voting more informed, efficient, and accessible, including to non-English speakers.

Project 5 - Ballot design

Voting ends June 2, 2017

Project 6 | PB Research Library


Hire a part-time employee to compile research articles and findings on the impacts of PB into a searchable online archive that can be used by PB advocates, researchers, and implementers. By compiling and organizing research findings in an easy to navigate archive, we can better show why PB matters and help advocates launch and grow PB processes.

Project 6 -Research Library

Project 7 | PB Toolkit for Organizational Budgets


Develop a toolkit that organizations can use to implement PB for their own budgets. Helping organizations run their own PB processes will empower their staff and community, and build capacity and awareness for PB. This project will enable other organizations to adapt the PB2 model that PBP has already developed.

Project 7 -Network

Project 8 | Website Guide for PB Processes


What makes a good PB website? To make creating a quality web presence easier for local PB processes, we will create and distribute a guide for developing an effective public PB website. This will help local processes better share information, recruit and support participants, and communicate impacts.

Project 8 - website

Project 9 | Organizing Toolkit Upgrade

Contract with a writer and designer to upgrade our 2014 Organizing for PB Toolkit, to help people more effectively organize to win PB in their community. The writer would interview organizers and revise messaging, resources, and worksheets. A new webpage would walk visitors through the toolkit and related multimedia, to make it more understandable.
Project 9 - Organizing

Project 10 | 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.

Project 10 - video

Voting ends June 2, 2017

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

  • 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




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 Delegates web portal here.


PB in Schools Video  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 

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 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!



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.