Centering Community Voice: A Blueprint for Incorporating Lived Experience into the Grantmaking Process

June 4, 2021

Jointly authored by Detroit Future City and United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Centering Community Voice: A Blueprint for Incorporating Lived Experience into the Grantmaking Process provides readers with a basic framework and toolkit to guide organizations at all levels on ways to integrate lived experience into every level of decision making.

This in-depth report is intended for philanthropic organizations but includes guiding principles and exercises that may be useful for community-based organizations. Developing this report involved a national study of literature and toolkits centered on equity, justice, and inclusion, along with conversations among practitioners, community-based organizations, and southeastern Michigan residents with lived experience.