When do Boards reach the “Tipping Point” from diversity to equity?

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld (Co-Executive Director) Over the past six years of our Race to Lead initiative, I’ve been curious about how we measure progress towards making nonprofits and our sector more equitable. Keeping in mind the many think-pieces on the differences between diversity and equity, focusing on measurement often feels inadequate because it defaults […]

Women of Color in Philanthropy: Centering Community and Advancing Equity in New Mexico

Join the Building Movement Project for a conversation with four women of color in philanthropy in New Mexico. We’ll hear about their experiences and pathways into the sector, how they build connections and center community needs, as well as their roles in challenging the status quo and advancing equity in New Mexico. The conversation will […]

Webinar Recap – Looking Back, Looking Forward: Nonprofit Leaders of Color on COVID-19, Equity, and Justice

In March, the Building Movement Project hosted a national webinar to explore the ongoing effects of the pandemic and structural racism on nonprofits. Jorge Gutierrez (Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement), Laura Harris (Americans for Indian Opportunity), Angela Lang (Black Leaders Organizing for Communities in Milwaukee), and Shaw San Liu (Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco) joined […]

Support, Invest, and Engage: A Resource List for Non-Black People in Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Written by Catherine Foley (Communications and Operations Associate) This Black History Month should be different. After enduring months of overlapping crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on communities of color to the uprisings against anti-Black racism and police brutality to the White supremacist insurrection just a few weeks ago, it’s beyond time […]

Learning, Collaborating, and Building Capacity for Equity

The Building Movement Project is part of a group of race equity practitioners and consultants convened by Equity in the Center at the end of 2019. Despite the challenging and unprecedented events of 2020, this community continued meeting together, learning from each other and defining our shared values as a growing field of practitioners committed […]

Three Takeaways from BMP’s Race to Lead Revisited Webinar

The Building Movement Project (BMP) recently hosted a webinar on the findings of the newly released report Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap. This webinar also featured a panel discussion with Margaret Mitchell (CEO & President of YWCA Greater Cleveland), Kerrien Suarez (Executive Director of Equity in […]

The Nonprofit Sector and the ‘Shake Shack Effect’

Written by Deepa Iyer and Frances Kunreuther This article is cross-listed on the Philantopic blog. These days, we’re hearing a lot about how federal legislation passed in response to the coronavirus public health emergency is bailing out big businesses at the expense of small restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and immigrant-owned stores. When big chains like Shake Shack and universities with […]

A Message from Building Movement Project: Sustaining Non-Profits in a Time of Crisis

Like all of you, here at Building Movement Project, we are grappling with the sudden changes affecting our workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. These are times of uncertainty and confusion. At Building Movement Project, we are centering ourselves in our communities, networks, and partnerships. For 20 years, BMP has been deepening our understanding of non-profit leadership, […]

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