Nearly 150 PBP supporters voted to fund two AMAZING PB2 projects with $18,000 of their donations to enable more people to make more informed decisions about public money!

A BIG thank you to everyone who submitted ideas, helped us turn those ideas into 9 great projects, and voted.


The two winning PB2 projects are…

PB in Schools Videoblog16_pb2-2016-issues_0000_pb-in-schools-video


We will produce a 3-5 minute video documenting a PB process in which students decide how to spend part of their school budget.


Data for Delegates


We will develop an initial online hub of resources that budget delegates can use to make informed decisions about what PB projects to include on the ballot.

The full voting results are:

Project Description Votes Cost
PB in Schools Video With a cost of $10,000, 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 (link to curriculum) and help advocates win more school PB processes. 88 $10,000
Data for delegates With a cost of $8,000, we will develop an initial online hub of resources that delegates can use to make informed decisions about what projects to include on the ballot. Delegates often lack comprehensive data about community demographics and needs, making it hard to assess projects and lift up projects that address the greatest community needs. The data hub will provide delegates with fast and easy access to necessary data, and tools for how they can collect and visualize data. 72 $8,000
Digital Voting Tools Voting in PB is often one of the biggest logistical questions that PB planners need to address. We know that multiple ways to vote leads to more voters but when it comes to digital, there is a lot to consider. We will produce a guide for PB staff and Steering Committees on options for digital & online voting, including case studies, tools, and best practices. 51 $5,000
Text messaging tool Text messaging (SMS) tools assist organizers with engaging hard-to-reach communities, as cell phone ownership is especially high among youth, Latino and black communities. We will create an SMS engagement toolkit for PB coordinators and organizers, including planning templates, sample messages, and a how-to guide. Help us expand the potential of PB outreach efforts through mobile texting tools. 51 $4,000
PB on Tour Host educational community events and trainings in three cities, bringing together PB participants to learn and celebrate together. Each event will highlight top PB ideas and practices from around the world, to help participants deepen their knowledge and improve their work. We’ll also have fun, making new friends and coming together as a warm fuzzy revolutionary community! 41 $9,000
Picture PB Elected officials and funders are more likely to support PB when they can see its impacts. So let’s show them by lifting up photos of community projects funded through PB! We’ll use the funding to collect photos of completed projects and create an online photo archive, to tell a visual story about what PB can do. 39 $7,000
After the election Develop and deliver short memos for newly elected federal, state, and local elected officials on how they can support PB. For federal and state officials, include proposals for matching funds, staff support, and regulatory changes that support local PB processes. We will work with partners to deliver the recommendations to presidential and mayoral transition teams, and to other newly elected officials. 37 $8,000
Small Town PB Create new resource materials to support PB implementation in cities and towns with less than 50,000 residents. We will synthesize lessons learned from the initial PB processes in small cities, highlighting how roles and responsibilities, staffing, and engagement should be configured for smaller communities. The new materials will enable more small cities and towns to implement PB with less external assistance. 35 $6,000
Share this democracy Develop tips and templates for social media in each stage in the PB cycle. Launch the toolkit with a webinar, which can also serve as a new training tool for local PB processes. The toolkit will enable PB staff and participants to engage more people in more effective ways. 35 $5,000

For more info on our PB2 process and how you can participate, see our PB2 webpage.

Is there a project you were rooting for that didn’t win? You can help to fund it with additional donations!

Thank you to all of our supporters for their continued commitment in helping us deepen democracy and build stronger communities through PB. We can’t wait to kick-off the next PB2 cycle with YOU. Stay tuned!