Report Back on “Making it Real with 5% Shifts”

Written by Caroline McAndrews On Tuesday, BMP Co-directors Frances and Sean led a webinar on 5% Shifts for Grassroots Grantmakers.  The webinar included what we’ve learned so far about how small shifts can create a ripple effect of change in organizations and throughout a community. Featured on the webinar was Melinda Lewis, Policy Director for the Assets […]

In Shutdown, Need to Remember Who Is Affected Most

Written by Caitlin Endyke As we enter the second week of the government shutdown, we’ve heard stories of its effect across the country – from the shuttering of national parks; to NASA’s website going dark; to certain congress people explaining why they still need to receive a regular paycheck, even when thousands of government employees remain furloughed.  Yet […]

Shutdown Ends, but Suffering Designed to Continue

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld The 16-day government shutdown came to an end early this morning. Apparently the warnings that the U.S. would run out of the money needed to pay its debts, causing a widespread bank collapse, were enough to get the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to break their rule against moving bipartisan bills without […]

Making it Real with 5% Shifts

A few weeks ago, Building Movement Project released our newest report, “Advancing Community Level Impact”.  The report was the fourth in our series on how service providers can make small “5% Shifts” that can lead to big impacts in the communities they serve.  The response to this series has been great.  We’ve heard from folks across […]

Shifting Strategies to Advance Community Level Impact

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld When service agencies embrace broader social change and community-level work, it requires a shift in organizational strategy. By strategy, I mean both the motivating vision for the impact the organization will have in the world and also the practices, tactics and choices around staffing that will make the vision a reality. Our […]

Happy Poverty Day!

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld You didn’t know Poverty Day was a thing? I kid, it’s not really something worth celebrating, but this is the one time a year when we can count on the media to focus on the economy as it is experienced by the millions who are struggling to make ends meet. Most […]

Big Money for Nonprofit Navigators

Written by Caitlin Endyke Despite our recent disappointment with Michigan governor Rick Snyder (you might have seen our discussions of the governor’s passage of the Emergency Manager Law against popular vote this Spring), we are happy to see that a motion to expand Medicaid benefits was passed in the legislature yesterday, partly due to the governor’s […]

Building Movement Begins Work in New Mexico!

Written by Alicia Maldonado Greetings from New Mexico! My name is Alicia Lueras Maldonado and I am happy to be working with the Building Movement Project to coordinate their work in the State to bring together organizers, advocates and service providers to work together for change. I am a native New Mexican and passionate about […]

Presenting at the Alliance Conference

Written by Frances Kunreuther Each year the people who provide you with technical assistance, organizational development, leadership training, transition management, and a host of other supports for nonprofits meet together at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management conference. This year it is practically in our back yard – in Newark, NJ – and Sean and I will be headed there […]

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