As you know, I just hosted throughout my ward seven “Neighborhood Assemblies” where neighbors gathered to brainstorm ideas on how to spend $1 million of the 49th Ward’s capital improvement budget. Many of those neighbors volunteered to serve as “Community Representatives,” who will take the best of those ideas and turn them into project proposals that the entire community will vote on next spring.
I couldn’t have done it without the help, support and guidance of the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP), a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading “PB” across North America. Since we launched our bold experiment in democracy in Chicago’s 49th Ward back in 2009, PBP has expanded participatory budgeting to 16 cities in every region of our nation. Over 100,000 ordinary people are deciding how to spend $100 million of their tax dollars.
I serve on the board of this amazing non-profit organization, and I’m writing to ask you to join me in supporting its work. I and my fellow board members have committed to matching the funds donated to PBP this week. Will you join me by donating now?
PBP works to fix the broken relationship between government and the people, by giving people real power over real money. We want to keep growing this work so that people everywhere can decide how public budgets are spent.
Here are three reasons why I would like you to donate today:
- Your donation today automatically doubles. Our Board is offering a matching challenge.
- Your donation inspires others. Share your donation on social media and ask your community to join you. Sign up as a PB Amplifier to spread the word even more.
- You decide how to spend your donations. After giving, you’ll get to vote in our own PB process. You’ll have the power to decide how your donations are spent.
PBP is the only organization in North America whose sole focus is to advance participatory budgeting. It’s a big job but we can do it together!
Thank you for making democracy work!
P.S. Please make a Giving Tuesday donation now by donating online or sending PBP a check dated December 2nd to:
Participatory Budgeting Project
3 Flatbush Avenue, Fourth Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217