How would YOU spend a million dollars of a foundation's money?

The Mott Foundation asks Flint, MI residents to vote on how they should spend $1 million

When we partnered with the Mott Foundation to build a digital version of their Focus on Flint publication, we were excited to learn their vision for the project included asking the residents of Flint, MI how the foundation should spend a million dollars in new grant funding. We created an idea submission feature on the Focus on Flint site, and more than 440 people submitted 625 ideas. Mott staff reviewed all ideas submitted, consolidated similar ones, and created a list of 70 potential projects.

We then built a voting tool into the site to allow residents to explore the different projects, and try their hand at distributing the Foundation's million dollars.


Results of the vote
Nearly 1,000 residents took their turn distributing the $1 millon, and after crunching the data, the Foundation determined the grant money covered the top seven projects, with a partial grant to the eighth. We applaud the Mott Foundation for putting members of the community in charge of awarding these grants. 


The Focus On Flint website is much more than an online version of the PDF report. In addition to learning about the findings in the report, visitors can connect with the Foundation and take actions including

  • Offer feedback about which issues they feel are most pressing
  • Apply to be on the Community Panel
  • Find upcoming meetings in their neighborhood, and be notified by email when new meetings are scheduled
  • Propose a project or idea for the Foundation to fund
  • Vote on which finalists should receive funding

How much more effective would your publications be if they created a true two-way dialog with your audience? 

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