Many Hands members are invited to join the DMV Collective Giving Network for a free presentation on participatory grantmaking by Rubie Coles, program director of the Diverse City Fund.

Participatory grantmaking is an approach to philanthropy that shifts decisionmaking power to the communities most affected by funding decisions. Since 2011, the Diverse City Fund has used this model to make more than $1 million in grants. See below for resources on participatory grantmaking.

About Rubie Coles: Before joining the Diverse City Fund, Rubie Coles served as Deputy Director of the Moriah Fund, where she directed and managed the foundation’s economic justice and reproductive justice grantmaking for 20 years. She is a founding member of the Black Philanthropic Alliance and Black Benefactors. She has served on the boards of the Diverse City Fund and the African Continuum Theatre Company, which she chaired for seven years. She received her MPA from American University and her BA from Oberlin College.

When: Tuesday, April 27, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Where: Zoom link will be provided to registrants a few days before the event.

To register to receive the Zoom link, click here.

Please contact Membership co-chairs Lynne Battle and Anna Gunnarsson Pfeiffer at


Resources on Participatory Grantmaking

“Insight on Participatory Grantmaking: Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy, Brooklyn Community Foundation,” 3:36 video.

Hannah Paterson, “Models of Participatory Grant Making,” June 11, 2019.

Cynthia M. Gibson, “Moving Beyond Feedback: The Promise of Participatory Grantmaking,” Nonprofit Quarterly, August 28, 2019.

Grantcraft library of resources on participatory grantmaking