Happy Tax Day!

Written by Alvin Young In celebration of tax day, we at Building Movement Project wanted to present two informative links to understanding tax policy. First, the latest blog post by Kim Klein and a link to Nonprofits Talking Taxes, a workshop focused on lifting common good principles and understanding the role of tax policy. In her latest commons blog […]

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Talking Taxes

Written by Kim Klein Today is commonly known as “Tax Day” in the United States. I am a partner in a consulting firm and we pay “estimated” taxes, so I have just returned from mailing them off. “Estimated tax” is the amount of tax we will owe this year if we earn the same amount as last […]

Connecting Taxes to the Common Good

Written by Kim Klein This post originally appeared on the Bolder Advocacy Blog For at least the past 15 years, almost all nonprofits have experienced the effects of government funding cutbacks. Those organizations who were directly funded suffered immediately, but those who had no government funding found themselves competing with previously publicly supported institutions for the […]

Sports: For the Greater Good?

Written by Caitlin Endyke I have a chalkboard in my apartment that counts down day-by-day until the next Olympics.  I love the Games.  I love the history, I love the pageantry, I love watching athletes who have trained their whole lives finally achieve Olympic Gold. Lately, It is hard for me to reconcile my love […]

Can We All Do Better if We All Did Better?

A Toolkit for the Common Good Written by Kim Klein “Set aside politics. Set aside competitiveness. Imagine what it would be like if there was enough money to go around. Imagine the powerful force nonprofits can be for the Common Good” – Renee McGiven, host of the Nonprofit Spark podcast In the nonprofit sector, we […]

The Most Unequal Place in America

Written by Caitlin Endyke In 1994, Time Magazine set out to identify the poorest place in America.  They settled on Lake Providence Parish, a small community in rural Louisiana where they note that, “the median annual household income in Block Numbering Area 9903, which covers the southern two-thirds of Lake Providence and three-quarters of its population, […]

The Long and Short of It

from Kim Klein and the Commons Written by Kim Klein This post originally appeared on Kim Klein and the Commons.  Last week, the Nonprofit Quarterly featured a piece announcing a large grant that the Skillman Foundation had awarded the Detroit Bus Company, an independent transit provider in the Michigan city.  The grant was for $100,000 and will support […]

Spotlight On: Nonprofits Talking Taxes

How many times have you heard someone at your nonprofit say, “We just have to do more with less”?  The recent financial downturn, cuts to government services and rising costs have led nonprofit organizations across the country into a state of crisis.  How do you continue to provide your much needed services when funding streams […]

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 […]

Really Talking About Taxes

Yesterday I participated in a workshop on Active Listening.  This is a way of listening that actually involves LISTENING instead of just waiting for your turn to talk.  One person talks for 3 minutes and the other person asks open ended, non-leading questions and repeats back what she or he has heard.  The topic we […]

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