USSF 2010: BMP Reports on our Sessions from the Forum

Over 15,000 organizers, activists, and social service nonprofits gathered in Detroit, MI at the second United States Social Forum to build unity around common goals of social justice, strengthen ties between organizations, and help build a broader social justice movement.  It was not a conference, but rather an open space for people and groups to blend their […]

The Color of Change: Inter-ethnic Organizing and Leadership for the 21st Century

Building Movement Project Director, Frances Kunreuther and Project Team member Robby Rodriguezwere among the 50 participants at the The Color of Change: Inter-ethnic Organizing and Leadership for the 21st Century, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The meeting was organized by Professor Manuel Pastor to discuss his paper on youth organizing among communities of color as a […]

Get Ready for USSF 2010!

At the upcoming US Social Forum (USSF) Building Movement Project will join an expected 15,000 people, including grassroots community organizers, activists, and social service nonprofits in Detroit, MI on June 22-26. The goal of the gathering, which is a follow-up to a 2007 USSF in Atlanta, is to build unity around common goals of social […]

Tools for Social Change: Learning and Awareness Tools & Exercises

* Theory of Social Change: Many service agencies use some sort of theory of change to articulate their service provision goals.  This exercise uses this familiar framework to help organizations develop an analysis and clear goals around their approach to social change. (Adapted from Theory of Social Change exercise from the Power Tools Manual developed by SCOPE).  * Community Problems […]

Tools for Social Change: Getting Started

* Why Nonprofits and Social Change Work? This excerpt from Social Service & Social Change: A Process Guide, makes the case for why nonprofits are well positioned to do social change work.  It also offers an overview of the process of incorporating social change values and practices into your work, and a useful classification of groups doing social […]

Alliances for Change Featured in Jesse Smith Noyes Newsletter

Workers’ centers, youth-based action groups, and urban justice organizations are among those changing the face of traditional community organizing. Many of these groups engage a range of approaches beyond targeted campaign work—from service delivery to media ownership to voter engagement. Jesse Smith Noyes featured a piece about their grantees whose work was cited as examples of organizing […]

Nonprofit Governance Models: Problems and Prospects

This article by Pat Bradshaw explores existing and alternative non-profit board structures. The authors present four possible models and the possibilities of developing hybrid models based on the needs on individual organizations.  Drawing on their experiences in developing a new governance model for the Canadian Health Network, they argue that there is currently no agreement […]

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