Yesterday, MacKenzie Scott announced a generous commitment of $2,739,000,000 in gifts to 286 organizations, and the Building Movement Project (BMP) was one of those groups. We are humbled by the recognition of our work, and gratified to be among so many long-standing partners who also benefited from Ms. Scott’s commitment to invest in organizations and communities that strengthen the infrastructure of the nonprofit, social service, and movement sectors.
Twenty years ago, following a meeting of social change leaders across the United States, BMP emerged with the mission to support – and push – nonprofits to address systemic inequities. From our research on the racial leadership gap to our tools and frameworks to help service organizations address the immediate needs of people while building power, BMP works to raise difficult issues and provide tools that help the nonprofit sector meet its highest aspirations. “We are enormously grateful for this funding that will make it possible for BMP to continue listening to – and learning from – organizations and nonprofit leaders on the ground, where innovation is common but too often overlooked,” said Frances Kunreuther, Co-Director of BMP.
Several of BMP’s core partners were among the social sector infrastructure organizations that also received gifts in this third round of funding from Ms. Scott. Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, BMP’s other Co-Director, said “We are honored to be part of an ecosystem that coaches nonprofit managers to lead with their values, builds the capacity of organizations to deliver real change for their communities, and pushes the sector as a whole to advance the struggle for justice.” BMP also recognizes that there are many other organizations, particularly at the local level, who would benefit from similar investments that are trust-based, flexible, and sufficiently generous to plan for an uncertain future. To strengthen the nonprofit sector and confront the challenges that communities are facing, Ms. Scott’s model of giving should become the norm, rather than the exception.