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The Allocations Committee is crucial in our commitment to community-led, participatory grantmaking — We do not believe in doing this work alone.


As an Allocations Committee member, your assignment, both difficult and rewarding, determines who will receive these grant funds.


The Allocations Committee is comprised of individuals diverse in age and identity, from inside and outside of philanthropy. No prior grantmaking experience is required! Together, the committee facilitates conversations with nominated organizations and their community members, conducts research and drafts proposals, and uses a consensus model to select up to three organizations to receive Movement Building grants from BWF. This approach decentralizes power by shifting it from foundations to the community — democratizing philanthropy through transparency, equity, and inclusion. 

BWF strongly encourages people from the communities we work with to join, especially: past grantee partners; Black and Brown people; Indigenous people; people of color; neurodiverse and disabled people; LGBTQIA+ people; immigrants and refugees; and women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals. 

Responsibilities of 2023 Allocations Committee Members Include:

  • Attend a mandatory, evening, in-person orientation on February 8, 2023 from 4:00-8:00pm.

  • Research assigned organizations; interview community members who have been impacted by the work; prepare, write and present grant proposals; and recommend organizations to the Allocations Committee, BWF staff, and board for funding.

  • Participate in a mandatory, evening, in-person Consensus Session on April 6, 2023 from 4:00-8:00pm.

  • A total time commitment of 20-25 hours.

Allocations Committee members will receive a one-time stipend of $200.


Applications for the 2023 Allocations Committee are now closed.

If this sounds like a challenge and an opportunity you would like to be part of, please join our email list below to stay up to date for next year's open call.

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