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BMP Welcomes New Staff Member, Alvin Young

My name is Alvin Young and I am excited to be joining Building Movement Project as its new Program Assistant. I look forward to fulfilling the BMP’s administrative needs, external communication, and development and implementation of new and ongoing projects.  Prior to joining BMP, I had the...more

BMP Welcomes New Staff Member, Tina Law!

My name is Tina Law and I am excited to be joining the Building Movement Project as its new Research Associate. BMP has been an invaluable resource to social justice organizations and advocates for many years, and I look forward to helping to expand our research capacity so that we...more

Keeping an Eye Out for Detours, While Staying on Track

As we've mentioned before, we try to integrate a good amount of learning into our work here at BMP.  We use monthly calls and bi-annual meetings with our staff and project team to discuss what we've read recently and how it could impact the sector, or our work.  On our last call, we discussed the pros and cons of strategic planning, using a recent piece in Stanford Social Innovation Review, "The Strategic Plan is Dead", as a frame for our thinking. 

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Building Community from the Inside Out

This report, the first in a series about organizational "5% shifts", includes two case studies of community building efforts by nonprofit organizations in Detroit and New York City. St. Matthew’s & St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church’s hot breakfast program in Detroit offers a model of a small shift in engagement with community members seeking healthy meals in the midst of an urban food desert. Their decision to shift from using a soup line mode of serving individuals to serving groups with shared ‘family-style’ meals leveraged the power of ritual around meals, which are both nostalgic and deeply affirming, to transform dynamics between clients and volunteers. But more importantly the shared meal time became a way to model the kind of community the church envisions for Detroit—one of mutual aid, sharing and abundance. The other case—Queens Community House—provides an example of community building among staff. The organization took on the challenge of fostering relationships among staff; not to boost morale and retention, but to live its values and principles in all parts of the organization.

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Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Joins BMP as Co-Director

The Building Movement Project is happy to announce that Sean Thomas-Breitfeld will join the staff as Co-Director starting February 1, 2013. Sean, along with the current director Frances Kunreuther, will be charting the direction for the Project as it continues its work strengthening the role of US nonprofits to advance progressive social change. “I am thrilled that Sean is coming onto the staff to partner with me in running Building Movement,” remarked Frances, “He will be a wonderful contributor bringing new skills and a fresh look at the work ahead.”

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