Our Mission

We work for more participatory and just public budgeting for all Oregonians by centering the expertise and leadership of underrepresented communities.

Vision and

We envision Oregon as a multicultural and multiracial participatory democracy that centers marginalized communities so that all of the state’s people know their power.

Equity and inclusion, with an emphasis on racial justice

Community-based and human-centered approaches

Stewardship of people and place

Transparency and accountability

Collaboration and learning together

Fun & play as a means for more inclusive and participatory democracy

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Our History

Participatory Budgeting Oregon formed in 2018 after cohosting a Community Forum to explore bringing participatory budgeting (PB) to the Portland-metro Region. Conversations with national PB experts and local community leaders led us to realize that statewide organization was needed to encourage and implement a PB process where there was support and interest.


Since our inception, we have prioritized building an organization and a team that values collaboration, participatory decision making, transparency, accountability and reflective practice centered on equity, justice and inclusion.


We operate with the methods of sociocracy, popular education, and participatory democracy. We combine our passion and knowledge of PB with our love of the land and connections to our communities. We see PB as a tool to create a vibrant democracy that represents the full diversity of the people, their priorities and our collective potential. 

PB Oregon is an Oregon incorporated non-profit that currently operates as a fiscally sponsored project of East Metro Arts Culture and Community an Oregon-incorporated tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.