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Participatory Grantmaking 101: Funder Peer Learning

September 20, 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:15 am PDT

Co-hosted by SAFSF and HEFN.

The Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) invite you to join an informal conversation to learn from funder peers who are practicing participatory grantmaking (PG). We’ll begin with a brief overview of PG, and how this practice can be used to center equity and justice as we shift away from extractive grantmaking practices. We’ll then hear from a few HEFN and SAFSF members who are implementing different models of PG in their grantmaking. 

If you’re new to the concept of participatory grantmaking, this webinar is a great opportunity to see examples of it in action. If you’re familiar with participatory grantmaking (or working to implement these practices in your own world), this is a chance to dive deeper into others’ practices for learnings and insight. Time will be reserved in the agenda for discussions in smaller groups and, as you might expect, the call will be participatory! 

This call is open to all funders and registration is required.


Shavaun Evans, Director of Programs and Movement Support at the Food and Farm Communications Fund, is a participatory grantmaker rooted in collaboration and community power. She manages the fund’s participatory decision-making process and organizes movement-based trainings and capacity building support for grantee partners. Shavaun has spent most of her career organizing coalitions on food systems and solidarity economy issues, and is committed to working collaboratively to find solutions. Shavaun lives in her hometown of Louisville, KY, where she teaches yoga and is active with a Black-led childcare and family collective, Play Cousins Collective.

Mark Muller, executive director at the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation, came to RAF in March 2020 after spending over 20 years working on related issues including agricultural conservation, Midwest water quality, racial equity in the food system, and effective federal food and agricultural policy. Mark served as director of the Mississippi River program at the McKnight Foundation, and prior to that he directed the Food & Community Fellows program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. He also spent two years teaching high school in New York City and 18 months volunteering in Honduras and Guatemala. He and his spouse and three children live in south Minneapolis.

Amanda Tello (she/her), Esselen/Rumsen + Mixtec. Aligned in her truth, power and wisdom Amanda brings a transformative experience to the spaces she enters. Her work is expansive, creative, and rooted in a collaborative experience. Amanda is an agent of change, with a bachelor’s in social work and master’s in theology. She is dedicated to healing and to raising free children as an intentional parent. As Senior Program Manager for the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, Amanda helped to develop a community driven, participatory giving process. Amanda has over a decade of experience working in the community, fighting for social and environmental justice. She is currently the Treasurer of Mama Scraps Inc, a healer with the Inpower Institute collective, and a doula with Akoko Nacio empowering birth justice for indigenous and black birthing people.

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