Funding Free Knowledge The Wiki Way : Wikimedia Foundation's Participatory Grantmaking

by Ezra Berkley Nepon; Matthew Hart

Jan 1, 2015
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. As authors of "Who Decides?: How Participatory Grantmaking Benefits Donors, Communities, and Movements," The Lafayette Practice (TLP) found that Participatory Grantmaking is an effective and impactful strategy for resource distribution. Simultaneously -- and perhaps more importantly -- they found that Participatory Grantmaking is a powerful movement building strategy, increasing movement resources of not only money but also knowledge and self-determination. In 2014, The Lafayette Practice conducted new research on the Wikimedia Foundation to provide a first ever, in-depth insight into the Foundation's unique grantmaking practices in the context of this philanthropic strategy.
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