Integrating Civic Engagement for Nonprofits

A Session with UndiosUS Affiliates Written by Noelia Mann On a snowy second-day of Spring, I facilitated a workshop with BMP Co-Director Sean Thomas-Breitfeld at the UnidosUS Leaders in Action Summit in Washington DC. UnidosUS, formerly NCLR, was established in 1968 to serve the Hispanic community through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as […]

Nonprofit Vote on Election Day

There’s less than 24 hours until Election Day kicks off tomorrow morning.  Since Building Movement Project believes that nonprofit organizations should serve as robust sites of democratic practice, we’re encouraging all our nonprofit friends to check out Nonprofit Vote for info on how you can help get members of your community to the polls tomorrow. […]

BMP Spotted at NYC’s first Participatory Budgeting Vote

Beginning in October of 2011 and culminating in a final vote a few weeks ago, New York City just completed its first round of participatory budgeting.  Four city council members, representing districts from all over the city, committed at least $1,000,000 of their discretionary budgets to be set aside for projects voted on directly by […]

Women of SNCC: Passing the Torch, Preserving the Flame

On Sunday, January 15th more than 60 Detroit area women and girl activists and advocates representing a variety of causes and racial ethnic groups, gathered to celebrate the historic role of women in the fight for peace and justice.  Hosted by the Building Movement Project Detroit and the M.L.K. Day 2012 Committee, the event honored […]

News from the Detroit Food Justice Taskforce

The Detroit Food Justice Task Force is a group of Black and People of Color led organizations and supporters that share a commitment to creating a food security plan for Detroit that is sustainable; that provides healthy, affordable foods for all of the city’s people; that is based on best-practices and programs that work; and […]

Webinar: Nonprofits Increase Voter Participation–New Research from the Field

Learn about exciting new evidence documenting the impact nonprofits have when they talk to their clients and constituents about voting. Professor Kelly LeRoux will discuss a new study that tracked the outcomes of nonprofit service providers that contacted their clients/constituents about voting. Conducted during the 2010 midterm election with assistance from Nonprofit VOTE and the […]

Engaging Community: A Toolkit for Building Healthy and Resilient Communities

BMP partner Neighborhood Centers, in partnership with the Berkana Institute, have combined a how-to guide on the use of Appreciative Inquiry as a method of engaging community with other materials in a boxed kit called Engaging Community: A Toolkit for Building Healthy and Resilient Communities.  The guide includes: * 12 Key Principles DVD – A presentation by Margaret Wheatley on […]

Alliance for Children and Families Civic Engagement Survey

One of BMP’s partners, Alliance for Children and Families is looking to develop an evaluation tool to measure the impact of civic engagement and the first step in this process is asking nonprofit social service providers to complete this online survey in order to get a sense of knowledge and practices in civic engagement.  If that applies […]

A Powerful Tool to Get Low-Income Voters to the Ballot Box

Despite our successes in broadening access to the franchise over the past 200 years, troubling disparities in participation—including a large gap based on income—remain. In a recent article for Yes! Magazine our friends at Demos, Lisa Danetz and Scott Novakowski, look at how to bring low-income citizens into the political process this fall. Their conclusion is surprisingly simple: […]

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