Responding to the Moment: Participatory Approaches in Philanthropy

Thursday, June 20, 2024 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm EDT
Virtual Meeting - Register by 6/19
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Under pressure from civil society to transform the inequitable system of philanthropy, some foundations are embracing the participation of people with lived experience. One approach is participatory philanthropy, which involves people impacted by the funding in grantmaking and beyond. Funders can involve the people they serve in many areas of their work, from governance to grantmaking to strategy, and beyond. But what can that look like? What approaches work, and in which contexts? And what risks are there? What's the best way to think about it? What is necessary to have in place before starting? And, how does one even get started? 

This workshop will introduce the concept of participatory philanthropy and share the experience of Fund for Shared Insight’s participatory climate initiative. We will introduce important insights and recommendations for those considering participatory practices, and share our funder readiness assessment to see if the practice is a fit for your fund. This workshop is well suited for anyone in a staff or Board role at a foundation and eager to explore participatory practices – staff from programs, finance, communications, learning & evaluation, leadership, and more are warmly welcomed.

What will I learn?

  • Access real-life examples that highlight practices and policies that value lived expertise, improve grantmaking, advance equity, and shift power 
  • Access Fund for Shared Insight’s Participatory Philanthropy Toolkit that supports the ways in which philanthropy can shift and share power with the communities they serve through participatory practices  
  • Understand the tool in content, and identify how and where the tools are applicable to their vision and goals and identify next steps to listen, respond, and shift power 


Who should attend?

All interested funders, regardless of roles, including CEOs and Senior Leadership; Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning teams; Grantmaking team members; Program teams; and Strategy teams. What to expect: presentation followed by breakout discussions and practice.

How do I sign up?

Members: Please log in and click the Register Now link above (no fee).

Members of Co-Sponsors: Please log in to your member association's registration page to register (no fee).

Non-Members: Please email ($150 fee) 

Registration is required by June 19th. 

Please email with questions or for further information on this program or on eligibility.