Understanding Movements for Social Change:

An Interview with Sean Thomas-Breitfeld This interview was conducted by Nell Edgington and reposted from Social Velocity. To read the full interview, click here. Nell: What is the role of leadership in movement and network building? How do you balance the need for organic and distributed power with the need for someone (or multiple someones) to provide […]

Stay Just a Little Bit Longer

Written by Frances Kunreuther This weekend I will be on a panel with three amazing women – Katherine Acey, Trishala Deb, and Krystal Portalatin at the Barnard’s Scholar & Feminist 41 conference. We will “share strategies for building meaningful multi-generational relationships that sustain individuals, communities, and political movements for transformative social change.” In a call to prepare for the conference, […]

What Race is Your Organization?

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Race is often a hard thing to talk about, especially in increasingly multicultural nonprofit organizations where there may not be an obvious numeric majority; and it can be especially difficult to figure out what interventions to make. So I was lucky to have a conversation recently with three other nonprofit directors […]

A New Report (with Tools) For Deciding on Extended Executive Transitions

Written by Stephanie Clohesy Download your copy of the report and its tools here. I have a friend who has a hard time leaving any gathering…a meeting, a party, the restaurant, the office. She stalls, complements the host, promises to reconnect, pulls a thread for a new conversation, sets up the next gathering…anything that averts what […]

Feeling Triggered Over “Diversity”

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld A recent article in the Harvard Business Review by a trio of social psychologists raised fresh doubts about whether corporate diversity initiatives really work. To be sure, this isn’t a new concern. Various advocates for civil rights and greater workplace diversity have critiqued many diversity programs as really just “window dressing.” Moreover, legal […]

BMP Hits The Road: Alliance for Nonprofit Management Conference

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Earlier this month, Frances and I went to the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s annual conference, held at Portland State University. We’re partnering with the Alliance on the Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement project, which focuses on helping organizational development consultants work with nonprofits – especially social service organizations – to integrate the voice of community members […]

Organizations and Leadership

Written by Frances Kunreuther Recently, we have been getting a lot of requests to talk about two of our reports that came out a few years ago, Structuring Leadership: Alternative Models for Distributing Power and Decision  and What Works: Developing Successful Multigenerational Leadership. Both reports focus on the way organizations operate and the role leadership plays in the […]

Sharing the Hard Decisions: How Co-Leaders Can Do More Together

Written by Frances Kunreuther This blog post is due to the courtesy of NCRP  NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership, is an important addition to the philanthropic sector, making the case for why social change funders should invest in leadership development. At the Building Movement Project, we have written about generational shifts, what makes a good workplace across generations and […]

Coming Home Again

Written by Tina Law Growing up, I was part of a number of youth programs designed to help me and other kids of color in our predominantly low-income neighborhood to strive for academic, career, and other life opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. While these programs were certainly successful in connecting me to […]

The Scale of the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld I started my career working for organizations led by people of color. I never thought this was a remarkable thing, but lately I’ve become more aware of how rare people of color are at the top levels of leadership in the nonprofit sector. This spring, a few members of our project […]

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