How can philanthropic foundations foster deeper relationships with their recipients and truly “walk the walk” on community-led grantmaking? One strategy is participatory grantmaking. Ciciley “CC” Moore, a senior program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, recently participated in the Fund for Shared Insight’s Participatory Climate Initiative. In contrast to her usual work as program officer, her role with FSI was “to sit, listen, and be guided by those closest to the work.”
Participatory grantmaking is a revolution in philanthropy, placing those keenly affected at the center and giving them the power to decide which programs to be funded and how. In traditional grantmaking, a foundation and its officers control the available funds, and affected communities present their work for approval and fiscal support. In participatory grantmaking, individuals and communities with lived experience set the strategy and priorities, as well as evaluating grant applicants and designating grant sizes.
CC reflected: “Getting funds into the hands of the community is the start, not the end.”
Read the full interview with CC by Grantmaking Group members Jayeesha Dutta and Miwa Tamanaha.
- “A Primer for Participatory Grantmaking,” Kelley Buhles, Nonprofit Quarterly, Nov. 2, 2021.
- “Content Collection: Participatory Grantmaking,” Jason Born, National Center for Family Philanthropy, Aug. 8, 2022.
- “Participatory Grantmaking: A Shared Approach to Effective Change,” on the Giving With Impact Podcast featuring Maria De La Cruz, Irene Wong, Mary Jovanovich & Michael Voss, Stanford Social Innovation Review, June 22, 2022.