Consulting Services

Working at the intersection of philanthropy and community governance

Participatory Grantmaking

I work to design and root participatory practices into all aspects of grantmaking in order to transfer power to the communities receiving funding, creating collaboration and community in the process.  I have worked with funders of all kinds: individuals, foundations, non-profits, intermediaries, and collaborative groups. I have specific  expertise in the closed collective model of participatory grantmaking. I've been a practitioner of participatory grantmaking for over 12 years and have designed and led over 20 participatory grantmaking processes across many issue areas.  

Definition: Participatory grantmaking cedes decision-making power about funding decisions - including the strategy and criteria behind those decisions - to the communities that funders and foundations aim to serve.

Integrated Capital 

I am passionate about liberating charitable money to provide flexible, catalytic, and non-extractive capital to entrepreneurs creating a regenerative economy. I work with donors, foundations and non-profits to amend investment policies to allow for more creative investment structures, to evaluate investment opportunities to determine a structure that best serves the funding recipient, and to flow capital to people and groups who are traditionally excluded from the financial system.  

Definition: Integrated capital is the coordinate use of different forms of financial capital and non-financial resources to support an enterprise that's working to solve complex social and environmental problems. 


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