Ask Questions, First to Learn but Then to Act

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld This article was written for the Stanford Social Innovation Review as a part of their “Putting Grantees at the Center of Philanthropy” series, produced in partnership with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. To read the full article, click here. “When grantmakers go looking for feedback from their grantees, they can ask a lot of questions. But […]

Webinar Recap: Feedback Loops vs Constituent Engagement

Thank you to all of those who registered for and participated in BMP’s recent interactive webinar: “Feedback Loops vs Constituent Engagement.” It was a resounding success full of conversation and insights by BMP’s Co-Directors – Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfield – independent consultants Judi Sherman and Leah Steimel, as well as Ana LaDou, Executive Director […]

The Difference Between Feedback and Power

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Recently, the nonprofit sector has been buzzing about the idea of feedback loops. Nonprofits are adapting customer feedback models from the private sector in their desire to listen to constituents and beneficiaries. There are initiatives by foundations looking to listen and learn from grantees. But while some claim that we’re in the midst of a “feedback movement” it […]

Call for Submissions: Uniting Detroiters People’s Atlas Project

The Uniting Detroiters Project is seeking submissions from current and former Detroit residents, activists, students, scholars, visual artists, poets, and cartographers for Detroit: A People’s Atlas. They are interested in critical essays, oral histories, timelines, neighborhood maps, poetry, photographs, and other forms of artwork that speak to social justice in Detroit, particularly in relationship to […]

The Real Deal with Detroit Transit

Our Partners at Progress Michigan recently released this video where they interviewed every day commuters in Detroit about their experiences with the severe bus cuts that recently ravaged the city’s transit system.  Check out the video below to see what Detroiters have to say about what their daily commutes are like, now that bus service […]

Key Themes from Catalysts for Change

In 2009, with the support of The California Endowment, the Building Movement Project launched an initiative to explore whether California-based health and human service providers engage in activities beyond direct services to address the causes of the problems facing their constituents.  Often focused on fixing individual problems, nonprofit services have been critiqued as an industry […]

New Report from YNPN

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network recently surveyed over 1,100 emerging nonprofit leaders across the country. Conducted in Spring 2011, YNPN’s National Voice Survey tested several interventions targeting leadership development in the nonprofit sector.  The full report was launched in the Fall of 2011 at Independent Sector’s NGEN conference. Head over to YNPN’s website to download the full report.

Census Release: Hard-to-Count Populations Counted at Higher Rates than Expected

The most recent newsletter from Nonprofit VOTE (formerly the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network (NVEN) reports that the recently released 2010 Census figures show that members of the population deemed “hard-to-count” were included in this year’s census at significantly higher rates than expected.  The newsletter also points to the important role that nonprofits played last year in helping […]

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 […]

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