Letting the Movement Decide: FRIDA Grantmaking Report
Published by Lafayette Practice and FRIDA Young Feminist Fund
FRIDA and TLP launched a Grantmaking Model Evaluation of FRIDA’s work to assess, after three grant making cycles, FRIDA’s impact and effectiveness in supporting young feminist groups. The resulting report serves to document FRIDA’s practices, test FRIDA’s assumptions on the model’s impact, and offer recommendations for improvement. This report utilizes existing materials on FRIDA’s grantmaking model, including outreach and internal documentation, and a number of interviews with FRIDA staff, advisors, founders, grantees, and applicants. Many key learnings have already been used to adapt the model.
This report is a comparative review of the Wikimedia Foundation’s grantmaking practices, situating the work of the Foundation within a larger field of practice in philanthropy called Participatory Grantmaking. We provide a first ever, in-depth insight into the Foundation’s unique grantmaking practices in the context of this philanthropic strategy.
Participatory Grantmaking emerges from a practice of grassroots activism, with assumed belief that decision-making participation of people impacted by the fund’s programs will guarantee that grants are allocated to those most deserving. Participatory Grantmaking models have proliferated over the past several decades. Yet there has been little research or documentation to analyze the assumptions and outcomes of the methodology.