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UPDATE: Offices Open & Sandy Relief

As many of you are aware, the East Coast was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy this past weekend and we are still in the midst of recovering. The BMP staff and team are all safe and sound in the wake of the storm, and as of Monday we are back in the office. However, our emails, phones and internet was down for the week following the storm. If you contacted anyone at Building Movement Project between Monday, 10/28 and Friday, 10/2, we have unfortunately been unable to receive those messages and would appreciate it if you could resend anything that still needs addressing. We apologize for the delay in getting back to anyone who has been in touch over the past week, and promise to respond as quickly as possible. Read more to find out about how community organizations are contributing to the relief effort. more

Is the charitable tax deduction really fair?

BMP Project Team member Kim Klein argues in the Nonprofit Quarterly that if we really want to incentivize charitable giving--and create a more just tax code--then it's time to eliminate the charitable tax deduction.

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Social Movements and Philanthropy: How Foundations Can Support Movement Building

In an excellent article published by The Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed journal, Barbara Masters and Torie Osborn identify how foundations can support movement-building. As they seek to catalyze broad-based social change, there is a need for greater understanding of what social movements are, how they evolve, and the unique challenges that movement building presents to foundations. Social Service and Social Change: A Process Guide is included in the article. more

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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Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!

As the year draws to a close, we wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. We also would like to remind you that when you support the Building Movement Project, you support our staff and team to work with groups that highlight and promote on a national level strategies for placing social justice at the forefront of all that we do.

Please consider an end-of-the-year gift to help us continue this work.

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Canadian Fundraising & Philanthropy Interviews Kim Klein

Project Team Member, Kim Klein, is interviewed on her valuable fundraising experiencing and strategy for the current economic climate. Klein's discussion highlights observations and trends in the nonprofit sector over the past decade, how organizations can build an individual donor program, and the value of intergenerational relationships in the workplace. more

ROPE Bakers Invited to Inauguration Day

The four-man baking team of Detroit-based organization ROPE, which stands for Reaching Our Potential Everyday, has been invited to attend President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2009. ROPE is a baking employment project of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, which has been a BMP partner for over 4 years. Also check out the reports from our Project Team around the country of the reactions in their communities on election night. more