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Tag: On The Commons

Happy Tax Day!

In celebration of tax day, we at Building Movement Project wanted to present two informative links to understanding tax policy. First, the latest blog post by Kim Klein and a link to Nonprofits Talking Taxes, a workshop focused on lifting common good principles and understanding the role of tax policy. ... 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

Sports: For the Greater Good?

I have a chalkboard in my apartment that counts down day-by-day until the next Olympics.  I love the Games.  I love the history, I love the pageantry, I love watching athletes who have trained their whole lives finally achieve Olympic Gold. Lately, It is hard for me to... 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 Most Unequal Place in America

In 1994, Time Magazine set out to identify the poorest place in America.  They settled on Lake Providence Parish, a small community in rural Louisiana where they note that, “the median annual household income in Block Numbering Area 9903, which covers the southern two-thirds of Lake Providence and three-quarters of... 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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