Participatory Grantmaking: Power to the People

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Nothing about us without us – this declaration has become a rallying cry for the disability rights movement. It could just as well be a call to arms for participatory grantmaking — the practice of giving more power over philanthropic spending to the people that it is supposed to help. So it’s no accident that the Disability Rights Fund, which calls itself a “grantmaking collaborative” between donors and disability rights advocates, is a leading practitioner of participatory grantmaking. The Disability Rights Fund puts persons with disabilities on its governing and advisory boards to help shape its strategy as well as to decide on specific grants. The fund supports activists who reject a charity approach and assert their rights to steer their own lives, and so it makes sense to invite them to guide its work as well. Read more here.

Source: Nonprofit Chronicles

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