Donate to the Participatory Budgeting Project Today & Your Donation Will Be Doubled in the Spirit of #GivingTuesday

For the past three years, The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered us in NYC and other cities across the United States and Canada to directly decide how their tax dollars are spent. This vibrant movement has grown and is now currently engaging 20,000 people in deciding how to spend almost $20 million dollars of capital funds in their own communities. And it’s growing – almost every week, an organization or official asks for PBP’s help to bring PB into their city. As exciting as the expansion of PB is, it is also expensive for PBP, who is just a small non-profit organization. This leads us to PB2 which is “PB for PB.”

PB2 is PBP’s first fundraising drive with a participatory budgeting twist. Half of the money that PBP raises will be set aside for you to decide and vote on what they should do with it. There are currently six priority projects that you can vote for (everyone gets two votes). At the end of 2012, PBP will tally the votes and the money donated. PBP will get to implement the projects with the most votes, just like the PB process in our community, until the money donated and allocated runs out. That means that the more we give, the more projects will be completed.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, any donations given today, Tuesday November 27th, will be doubled up to $2000 thanks to two of PBP’s donors. So today is the day to donate (all donations are tax-deductible) & here’s how:

  • Send a check (US$, made out to “The Participatory Budgeting Project”), to: The Participatory Budgeting Project,  55 Washington St. Suite 724,  Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA
  • Donate online via PayPal, using a credit card of PayPal account here.

THE SIX PROJECTS TO VOTE ON FOR PB2:

  • PB Intro Video
  • New PB Brochures and Info Sheets
  • Travel Funds for Conference Participants
  • Hire Part-Time Development Person
  • Launch Youth PB Campaign
  • Office Furniture and Equipment

Find out all of the details on PBP’s website: participatorybudgeting.org/participate/donate/

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Back to School Back Pack Drive: Helping Local Families in Need

Now through August 24, 2012, Bishop Joseph Harris, the Senior Pastor and founder of Life Changers Church and Ministries of Manhattan, is on a mission to collect as many book bags with school supplies for children ages 5 to 12 in East Harlem and Porte-Prince, Haiti.

In these hard times, there are many families in our community and in Haiti that cannot afford to provide their children with basic tools that they will need to succeed in school, such as back packs and school supplies. By simply just providing our youth with these tools to learn, we can help take this one burden off of these families’ backs whose burdens include worrying about where their next meal will come from or if they’ll have a roof over their head.

At the end of the Back to School Back Pack Drive, on August 25, 2012, Life Changers Church will throw a “Back 2 School Block Party” for all the young people of our East Harlem community. Stay tuned for more details on this event!

If you would like to contribute, Life Changers Church is suggesting you donate a book bag with school supplies inside such as: a 3-ring binder, erasers, folders, loose-leaf paper, crayons or markers, pens and pencils. Please contact Felipe Ayala to set up your donation: (914) 458-2096 or fayala@lifechangerschurch.org.