Somos Mayfair Receives Over $1M to Fund Social Service and Social Change

It’s been a year since we published Making Social Change: Case Studies of Nonprofit Service Providers which featured five human service organizations that are integrating social change activities into their work.  The stories highlighted the tremendous strides that these groups have made towards transforming their organizations and their communities but also noted the associated challenges of taking […]

USSF 2010: Another Detroit is Happening!

We’ve just returned from the US Social Forum in Detroit, where over 15,000 grassroots community organizers, activists, social service nonprofits, and individuals envisioned another US!  We will be sharing more pictures and report-backs from the Forum, and our two sessions (a workshop on Social Service and Social Change, as well as a People’s Movement Assembly on Reclaiming […]

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 […]

Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times

Join Demos, the Building Movement Project, and Common Cause/NY for a special forum on April 8 in New York with author and activist Paul Loeb on the new version of his book, Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times. The book has become a classic handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and […]

Fundraising for Food: New Demands in the New Decade

Are you an employee or board member of a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan providing “food” programs for your community? Looking for more ways to approach fundraising in 2010 and beyond?  Join Building Movement Project Team Member, Kim Klein, for an information packed workshop on April 21 in Detroit, MI.  Fundraising for Food: New Demands in the […]

Tools for Social Change

This online resource center is a space to share and highlight practical tools that organizations can use to integrate movement-building and social change strategies into their everyday work.  Here you’ll find a growing collection of exercises, tools and civic engagement models that allow organizations to enter into this work at whichever point reflects their stage of development.  […]

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 […]

Tools for Social Change: Examples and Stories of Social Change Work and Civic Engagement

Examples and Stories of Social Change Work and Civic Engagement * M.O.V.E. Coalition (Family & Children’s Service, Minneapolis, MN) * Community Leadership Development Program (Family & Children’s Service, Minneapolis, MN) * The Family Project (Family & Children’s Service, Minneapolis, MN) * Newcomer Connection – Capacity & Leadership Training Program (North York Community House, Toronto, ON) * Popular Theater (Somos Mayfair, San Jose, CA) * Community Action […]

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