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Spotlight On: Nonprofits Talking Taxes

How many times have you heard someone at your nonprofit say, "We just have to do more with less"? The recent financial downturn, cuts to government services and rising costs have led nonprofit organizations across the country into a state of crisis. How do you continue to provide your much needed services when funding streams seem to have run dry? Where do you turn? The answer, according to Project Team member and renowned fundraising trainer, Kim Klein, is taxes. She started the Nonprofits Talking Taxes program to encourage California nonprofits to become active in the debate surrounding CA budget and tax policy reform. Through monthly webinars, workshops, and free trainings, Kim educates nonprofit staffers on the particulars of taxes and how a reform in tax policy could help bring an end to the nonprofit budget crisis. Not located in California? Kim's trainings provide a base of information that's helpful to people across the country who want to become more active in the tax debate.

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BMP Spotted at NYC’s first Participatory Budgeting Vote

Building Movement Project served on the Steering Committee for New York City's first use of Participatory Budgeting. Four city council members each pledged at least $1,000,000 of their discretionary budgets to be used for specific projects that would be voted on directly by district residents. We sent three delegates from Detroit to the corresponding international conference that coincided with the final project vote at the end of March. One of them is spotted in a video that follows two budget delegates as they find out if their project won enough votes to get city funding.

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Really Talking About Taxes

Can we shed a positive light on Tax Day? Yes, says project team member Kim Klein in her most recent blog post from Kim Klein and the Commons. She argues that we should use Tax Day as an opportunity to discuss all the great things that our tax dollars pay for, as well as the common good they serve to protect. She highlights the work of many other organizations who are working towards highlighting the positive aspects of taxes, and discusses how the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to play a role in this conversation.

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Nonprofits Talking Taxes

On December 8th, Project Team member Kim Klein hosted this webinar about how Nonprofits need to see themselves as a "common good lobby" to advocate for the ideas that people are more important than profit, that some things are simply not for sale, and that our job is to create a society in which it is easy to be good.

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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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BMP Project Team member Kim Klein in Nonprofit Quarterly

Read Kim Klein's piece Talking about Taxes from the Fall 2010 edition of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Find out more about the nonprofit tax crisis, and why the nonprofit sector needs a unified identity and voice around these issues.

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Suggested Reading on the Commons: The Value of Nothing

Check out our latest Commons-related reading recommendation, Raj Patel's The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy.

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Become a facebook fan of “Show Me the Money!” - a tax workshop by BMP’s Kim Klein

BMP’s Kim Klein, one of the nation’s best known and loved fundraising trainers, is offering free Show Me the Money! workshops to nonprofits in the San Francisco bay area. Become a fan on facebook and find out about upcoming trainings near you!

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Project Team Member Kim Klein Interviewed in Real Change News!

Real Change is a Seattle-based newspaper that seeks to create opportunity and a voice for low-income people while taking action to end homelessness and poverty. In this interview with Real Change founder Timothy Harris, BMP Project Team Member Kim Klein talks about public funds, public responsibility, and reimagining the common good.

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Kim Klein and the Commons

Follow Project Team members Kim Klein and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld (along with guest bloggers) at Kim Klein and the Commons. Read their thoughts on immigration, taxes, nonprofits, and how to apply this frame to promote movement building and social change.

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