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Tag: Budget

“Neoliberalism & Marketization” Revisited

Last month, the Building Movement staff and project team discussed two articles on the connections between neoliberalism, marketization and the current realities of the nonprofit sector. Co-Director Sean Thomas-Bretifeld reflects on what came out of that discussion, how these issues have impacted the nonprofit sector as a whole, and where we can go from here.


Sequestration and the Need for Movement Building

Reflections from Sean Thomas-Breitfeld In my first few weeks at the Building Movement Project, I’ve been doing a lot of travel to get up to speed on the work that BMP’s nonprofit partners are doing around the country. Just last week, I was in Washington and spoke with many of our sector’s advocates about the “sequestration” – the mandatory across-the-board federal budget cuts that went into effect on March 1st. For months, advocacy groups and nonprofit associations have been warning nonprofit groups about the impact these harsh cuts will have on low-income people and organizations they go to for support. It’s true that the sign-on letters, human-interest stories, and op-eds were not enough to change the sequester policy and avoid the budget cuts and maybe it is unreasonable to expect the nonprofit sector can suddenly wield enough power to overcome the austerity framework that is limiting the policy discussion in the halls of Congress. The power imbalance that stacks the deck in favor of policies benefiting the rich is hard to overcome. But that is why social movements are so important, and why I believe in our sector’s potential as an engine for social change.


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.


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.


Budget 101 and other great resources from the Coalition on Human Needs

While congress may have reached a debt deal, many questions still remain about the federal budget and the impact that it will have on the social services that many of us either provide or rely on. The Coalition for Human Needs has a host of resources to help service providers understand the federal budget and facilitate staff and community conversations around budget impact and advocacy. more

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.


Show Me the Money! BMP’s Kim Klein offers free tax policy training for nonprofits

BMP's Kim Klein, one of the nation's best known and loved fundraising trainers, is offering Show Me the Money! workshops at no cost to nonprofits in the San Francisco bay area. Tired of delivering bad news about “doing more with less?” This two hour workshop will help energize your staff about revenue solutions instead of local and state budget cuts.


Why Should Nonprofits Care About Tax Policy and Reform?

Building Movement Project Team Member, Kim Klein, has recently been featured as a guest blogger on the Women's Foundation of California blog. The piece focuses primarily on the critical role that the non-profit sector can play in creating and maintaining a democratic society, and that a progressive tax structure, including accountability for the use of tax funding, is fundamental to building healthy communities.


Kim Klein on Fundraising, NAMAC Podcast

Project Team Member, Kim Klein, is featured on a recent podcast provided by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. The podcast, titled All Weather Fundraising: How Good Causes Raise Money in Bad Times, is a discussion on the state of fundraising in the current economic climate.


An Interesting Article in the NY Times on Financial Health of Nonprofits

“The financial health of the nation’s nonprofit groups is rapidly deteriorating, according to a survey of some 900 nonprofit leaders around the country. Only 12 percent of those organizations expect to end the year with an operating surplus, compared with 40 percent who ended their most recent fiscal years with money on... more