Responding to the Moment: Participatory Approaches in Philanthropy

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Responding to the Moment: Participatory Approaches in Philanthropy

June 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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The Program

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.

Who Should Attend

This is a members only event for staff and representatives of Philanthropy WV member organizations, regardless of roles, including CEOs and Senior Leadership; Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning teams; Grantmaking team members; Program teams; and Strategy teams. Learn More About Philanthropy WV Membership.

How To Attend

This is a virtual event, hosted on Zoom on Thursday, June 20 from 3 PM – 4 PM. Attendees will receive a Zoom link via email in May.

How do you sign up?

Click to ‘Going’ Button below and enter your contact information. No login required to RSVP, Registration is required by June 19th.

What Will I learn

Facilitators Jonathan Brack and Katy Love  from Fund for Shared Insight will lead the program:

  • 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
  • Breakout discussions and practice following the presentation

Questions? – contact our Director of Membership Engagement Nina Riivald at or call 304-517-1450

Program Co-Sponsors



June 20
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Governance, Grant Management
Community Foundation, Corporate, Family Foundation, Private Foundation, United Way

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Program Cancellation Policy

Philanthropy West Virginia reserves the right to cancel or reschedule our education programs. Programs may be canceled because of, but not limited to: speaker and or facilitator illness, inclement weather conditions, or less than 3 registered participants.

You will be notified of the cancellation within 24 hours of a virtual event and within 5 days of an in person event via email. Thank you for your understanding. See the full cancellation policy.