Mission Statement:

We advocate for the successful implementation of participatory budgeting in Oregon.  To this end we:
 

  • Advocate: Connect, build, support, and galvanize a community of effective PB advocates.

  • Educate: spread understanding and awareness of participatory budgeting among public officials, community leaders, and the general public through training and shared learning.

  • Evaluate: Support the effective implementation, evaluation, and improvement of participatory budgeting.

Values:

In advancing our mission we value:

  1. Equity and inclusion, with an emphasis on racial justice

  2. Community-based and human-centered approaches

  3. Stewardship of people and place

  4. Transparency and accountability

  5. Collaboration and learning together

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

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. 

Participatory Budgeting Oregon is fiscally sponsored by the Know Agenda Foundation, a tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit organization. Donate to support our work to bring participatory budgeting to Oregon. 

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