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Boards: A Historic Relic?

This entry by Kim Klein was first published on July 19th as part of her monthly advice column "Dear Kim" for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). BMP's Co-Director, Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, will moderate the debate on boards at GIFT's Money for our Movements conference. This issue of ... more

Talking Taxes

Today is commonly known as "Tax Day" in the United States. I am a partner in a consulting firm and we pay "estimated" taxes, so I have just returned from mailing them off. "Estimated tax" is the amount of tax we will owe this year if we earn the same... more

Connecting Taxes to the Common Good

This post originally appeared on the Bolder Advocacy Blog For at least the past 15 years, almost all nonprofits have experienced the effects of government funding cutbacks. Those organizations who were directly funded suffered immediately, but those who had no government funding found themselves competing with previously publicly supported institutions for... more

Can We All Do Better if We All Did Better?

"Set aside politics. Set aside competitiveness. Imagine what it would be like if there was enough money to go around. Imagine the powerful force nonprofits can be for the Common Good" – Renee McGiven, host of the Nonprofit Spark podcast In the nonprofit sector, we all care passionately about our... more

The Long and Short of It

News of a recent grant to fund an alternative bus service in Detroit raises many questions about what should take priority in a commons-based system- a long term vision or a short term solution.  Kim Klein argues that we need to recognize that while the people stepping in to provide these altnerative services are filling a need in the community, often they (and those supporting the programs) fail to realize that these alternatives are only short-term solutions to problems that need bigger fixes.

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Kim Klein and the Commons: Reflecting on Haiti

Just as religious reflection can lead people to a more commons-centered orientation, we saw people respond to the disaster in Haiti with the same outpouring of sharing and cooperation. The Commons was there in Haitians risking their health and safety to form impromptu rescue teams before relief started pouring in from across the globe. But even as the response to the suffering in Haiti inspires faith in the ideal of the commons, there’s been an interesting tension between the market and the commons at play here at home.

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Kim Klein and the Commons: Who owns my seeds?

Do you know who owns most of the seeds in the US? Hint: It's not the farmers... As of this year, here in the United States, Monsanto – through acquisitions and cut-throat business practices – has cornered 90% of the soy, 65% of the corn, and 70% of the cotton markets, and has a rapidly growing presence in the fruit and vegetable markets...

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Kim Klein and the Commons: Financial Literacy is a key to reform

According to a study commissioned by the National Council on Economic Education, only 7 of the 50 United States require high school students to received financial education in the schools. I bring this up because I am constantly puzzling about how to make taxes seem interesting to people and I think part of the problem is that most people understand very little about their own finances, and asking them to understand the various kinds of taxes attached to almost every financial transaction is just beyond the realm of possibility. Without robust, vibrant, knowledgeable debate about taxes and tax policy, we will stay a nation that claims to believe in equality, but in practice implements systems that on a daily basis make a minority of people richer and richer and the majority poorer and poorer. Financial literacy may be the needed first step for any real meaningful reform...

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The Indispensable Public Space

The Building Movement Project uses the shorthand “TIPS” (The Indispensable Public Space) to describe all our work related to exploring, enlarging, understanding, preserving and illuminating public space. This curriculum explores our complicated relationship to taxes, and thus, our very mixed feelings about how “public space” is to be financed.

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Talking About Taxes

A series of exercises to help understand the complexity of our relationship with taxes.

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