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Tag: Caroline McAndrews

Tools for Reflecting on Leadership

With each new report BMP produces, we try to capture new and emerging data and share it with leaders in order to help spread learning and ideas for building strong organizations led in sustainable ways.  Sometimes, however, it’s not always easy to put those ideas into practice....more

Reflecting on Your Readiness to Leave

Since releasing The Leadership in Leaving, BMP has received many different responses, but one that we hear again and again is, “How do I know when it is the right time to leave?”  As the authors of the report point out, “Ending a long-term position can...more

Playing with Democracy

Tomorrow, the Detroit City Council will be voting on whether or not to allow the expansion of the Detroit Development Authority (DDA), a move that would grant over $300 million dollars in public funding to developers to build a new hockey arena in the city. We’ve been focusing on...more

So Long for Now

After nine years with the Building Movement Project, I will be leaving at the end of this month.  We’ve spent the last six months preparing for this as a staff and team and I couldn’t be more excited, although also sad to leave a place...more

Building Unlikely Partnerships to Create Change

Most communities have a wide range of groups aimed at addressing the needs of community members; however, due to both the complicated structure of government services and the tendency to focus on one issue area, it can often be challenging for organizations to work together to fill the gaps in...more

Report Back on “Making it Real with 5% Shifts”

On Tuesday, BMP Co-directors Frances and Sean led a webinar on 5% Shifts for Grassroots Grantmakers.  The webinar included what we’ve learned so far about how small shifts can create a ripple effect of change in organizations and throughout a community. Featured on the webinar was Melinda Lewis,...more

BMP at Independent Sector

This past week, staff at the Building Movement Project had the opportunity to present some of our recent work at the Independent Sector conference.  As is always the case, we learned so much from those who participated in the sessions and wanted to share a little bit of that...more

New Resources: Tools for Leadership

For the past several years, we have been researching and writing reports about how to work across generations and build leadership for social change in your organization and in the nonprofit sector.  Once we release each report, we spend months developing exercises and tools for people to use to...more

Independent Sector’s NGen Program

This past year, I’ve been a part of the advisory committee for Independent Sector’s NGen pre-conference.  I’ve also been an attendee for the past 5 years.  More and more I’ve seen associations such as Independent Sector try to increase programming for...more

Asking Powerful Questions

This report profiles two organizations that began asking new and powerful questions in their work with clients and volunteers. In the case of Crisis Assistance Ministry – an organization providing support to people and families experiencing financial emergencies in Charlotte, NC – the addition of a simple question about voter registration to their standard battery of questions to screen individuals’ eligibility for public benefits both increased the civic engagement of clients and launched an organization-wide shift towards greater advocacy. For reStart, Inc. in Kansas City, MO, the organization had always relied on volunteers to help serve homeless youth, families and adults, but when they began asking people to reflect on both their volunteer experience and perceptions of homelessness, it deepened volunteers’ motivation to support the organization and the people they help.

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