A Case Study in Participatory Grantmaking: RSF Shared Gifting
Session materials from PEAK2019.
For eight years, staff members at RSF Social Finance have employed a participatory grantmaking method called “shared gifting.” Shared gifting invites community members to provide wisdom or exercise full decision-making authority in almost every aspect of grantmaking. RSF has applied shared gifting to its own grant funds and has used variations of shared gifting in partnerships with individual donors and with a family foundation. Other groups have tried shared gifting on their own, using the RSF Shared Gifting toolkit. With almost a decade of experience under their belts, RSF grant managers share the benefits and challenges of using a participatory grantmaking framework.
Participants will learn about:
Various ways to infuse participatory options into the grantmaking process
Benefits and challenges of using participatory models
Partnering with donors, grantmakers, and community entities with alternative models
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.