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Working Towards the Common Good

For the third year, the Building Movement Project (BMP) and partner organizations in New Mexico surveyed the state’s nonprofit organizations. This report analyzes the responses of 267 nonprofit organizations that participated in the survey effort in the fall of 2015. As with the 2014 survey, the results from 2015 reconfirmed that organizations...more

The Land of the Common Good

Tourists fall in love with New Mexico because of the food, culture, and natural landscapes. But over the past three years of BMP working with a variety of nonprofit partners, I fell in love with the Land of Enchantment for a completely different reason: the collaborative spirit of the people...more

Mapping an Emerging Network of Nonprofits in New Mexico

There is growing recognition among nonprofits and funders that networks can play a distinct role in advancing social change. As noted by Network Impact and Center for Evaluation Innovation in their recent co-authored paper, networks may be uniquely equipped to tackle challenges that are too complex for individual organizations to...more

Working Towards the Common Good

In New Mexico, nonprofit organizations have long played an integral role in ensuring the well-being of the state by caring for its people, environment, and natural assets. Recognizing the important role of nonprofits in New Mexico, The Building Movement Project (BMP) and several nonprofit organizations in the state—such...more

Persistent Poverty, New Roles for Service Providers and Advocates

This week, the Census Bureau released its annual data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the U.S. On the whole, little change occurred in 2013: the poverty rate declined slightly by half a percent; there was no significant change to the actual number of Americans living in poverty;...more

Meeting Need, Making Change

New Mexico is a state rich with resources – both natural and human – and a history of community engagement and collaboration to support the common good. The state’s traditions are reflected in the diversity of the over 2,000 nonprofit organizations that work in communities to help people face...more

ACF Fellows Commit to Integrating Civic Engagement

Earlier this week, I facilitated a meeting for the Alliance for Children & Families’ 2014 New Voices Civic Engagement Fellows. This year’s fellows, who are sponsored by Alliance member organizations, were chosen for their demonstrated potential to use civic engagement strategies to strengthen families, communities, and nonprofit organizations. ...more

Bettering Services, Saving Money

What happens when a conservative state reforms an entire social service program, with the goal of making it more cost-effective? Usually, you’d probably end up with a program that did little to better the lives of the people it served – or you’d have a group...more

What Nonprofits Can Learn from Community Organizing

Last week, I participated in a great panel on the lessons that nonprofits can learn from community organizing. The other panelists were Julia Watt-Rosenfeld, the Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation in Brooklyn, Prerana Reddy, the Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum...more

Crossing Organizational Boundaries to Build New Partnerships

About This Series: Our research and experience shows that relatively small shifts in service provision can cause ripple effects; raising up constituent voice, fostering community cohesion and increasing engagement in advocacy efforts. This series highlights “5% shifts” - as we are calling them -...more

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