BMP Detroit Uniting Detroiters Project Wins Scholar-Activist Grant

We’re pleased to share that BMP’s Uniting Detroiters team has received a Scholar-Activist Award Grant from the Antipode Foundation.  They were one of five projects who were selected out of 105 applications.  The Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Awards are intended to support collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists (from NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or […]

Catalysts for Change Podcast with the San Francisco Foundation Center

Frances Kunreuther, director of the Building Movement Project, discusses how service organizations can take part in activities beyond delivering direct services to address the systemic causes of issues affecting their communities. The Building Movement Project recently released a two-part report, Catalysts for Change: How California Nonprofits can Deliver Direct Services and Transform Communities, which offers a […]

Current Movement Building Organizations

There are some groups we’d like to highlight that are currently building movements in their communities.  Head to their websites for more information about what they’re doing and how they’re achieving change.  For a more complete list of people who are doing great movement building work, head to our page on featured Movement Builders. Project SouthBased […]

Key Readings and Other Resources on Movement Building

While the purpose of this page is mainly to give you a brief outline of social movements in the United States and point you to groups currently dedicated to movement building, below you’ll find some important texts on social movements and movement building theory that we think will be useful for more in-depth study. Key […]

Building Movement Battle Creek

A few years ago, Building Movement Project traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan, where they helped nonprofit organizations in the community begin their transformation from standard service providers to agencies of social change.  Recently, the coalition put out a video that documents their group’s success. Watch as one man speaks to the benefits of community involvement, […]

Stories from the Field: Developing Board Readiness for Advocacy

If you’re familiar with our reports such as Making Social Change: Case Studies of Nonprofit Service Providers, you know that we here at the Building Movement Project love a good story – especially ones about how service providers are leveraging their relationships with constituents to make important systemic changes in their community.  Usually we’re the ones […]

Suggested Reading on the Commons: The Value of Nothing

The latest book in our suggested readings on the Commons is Raj Patel’s The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy. This short, timely and inspiring book reveals that our current crisis is not simply the result of too much of the wrong kind of economics. While we need to rethink our economic model, Patel […]

A Powerful Tool to Get Low-Income Voters to the Ballot Box

Despite our successes in broadening access to the franchise over the past 200 years, troubling disparities in participation—including a large gap based on income—remain. In a recent article for Yes! Magazine our friends at Demos, Lisa Danetz and Scott Novakowski, look at how to bring low-income citizens into the political process this fall. Their conclusion is surprisingly simple: […]

Mobilize.org Launches Target 2020

For the first time in the 21st century, the current generation of college-aged Americans will be less educated than our parents. Fewer than 46% of students at 4-year universities complete their degree within 6 years and only 3 out of 10 students attending community colleges complete their 2-year associate degree within 3 years. If the current student […]

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