Although the idea of participatory grantmaking is relatively new, community-driven giving practices have been around for a long time, including the mutual aid networks established by Black communities in the United States centuries ago. Authentic participation and aligning grantmaking with the needs and aspirations of communities are cornerstones of this approach to philanthropy. But what does this model look like in practice?

SSIR publisher Michael Gordon Voss speaks with Maria De La Cruz, president of Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Irene Wong, director of The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and Mary Jovanovich, senior manager for relationship management at Schwab Charitable about a participatory approach to grantmaking.

Read the full article about participatory grantmaking by Maria De La Cruz, Irene Wong, Mary Jovanovich and Michael Voss at Stanford Social Innovation Review.