For the past three years, The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered us in NYC and other cities across the United States and Canada to directly decide how their tax dollars are spent. This vibrant movement has grown and is now currently engaging 20,000 people in deciding how to spend almost $20 million dollars of capital funds in their own communities. And it’s growing – almost every week, an organization or official asks for PBP’s help to bring PB into their city. As exciting as the expansion of PB is, it is also expensive for PBP, who is just a small non-profit organization. This leads us to PB2 which is “PB for PB.”
PB2 is PBP’s first fundraising drive with a participatory budgeting twist. Half of the money that PBP raises will be set aside for you to decide and vote on what they should do with it. There are currently six priority projects that you can vote for (everyone gets two votes). At the end of 2012, PBP will tally the votes and the money donated. PBP will get to implement the projects with the most votes, just like the PB process in our community, until the money donated and allocated runs out. That means that the more we give, the more projects will be completed.
In honor of #GivingTuesday, any donations given today, Tuesday November 27th, will be doubled up to $2000 thanks to two of PBP’s donors. So today is the day to donate (all donations are tax-deductible) & here’s how:
- Send a check (US$, made out to “The Participatory Budgeting Project”), to: The Participatory Budgeting Project, 55 Washington St. Suite 724, Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA
- Donate online via PayPal, using a credit card of PayPal account here.
THE SIX PROJECTS TO VOTE ON FOR PB2:
- PB Intro Video
- New PB Brochures and Info Sheets
- Travel Funds for Conference Participants
- Hire Part-Time Development Person
- Launch Youth PB Campaign
- Office Furniture and Equipment
Find out all of the details on PBP’s website: participatorybudgeting.org/participate/donate/