Participatory grantmaking encompasses a range of models, methods, challenges, and insights. At its core, this approach to funding cedes decision-making power about grants to the very communities impacted by funding decisions. This special collection gathers the experience and insights of funders who have shifted power and builds on the wisdom explored in the GrantCraft guide "Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources through Participatory Grantmaking".

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FLGBTQI + ADAM Queer Youth Initiative: Reflections from the First Foundation Cohort

March 19, 2012

In 2007, the ADAM funding collaborative and Funders for LGBTQ Issues launched a matching grants program designed to support and serve LGBTQ youth. Four years after the initiative's first grants were made, foundation staff reflect on what their participation revealed about engaging youth, the value (monetary and otherwise) of matching programs, and the power of small grants to do mighty things.