In Shutdown, Need to Remember Who Is Affected Most

Written by Caitlin Endyke As we enter the second week of the government shutdown, we’ve heard stories of its effect across the country – from the shuttering of national parks; to NASA’s website going dark; to certain congress people explaining why they still need to receive a regular paycheck, even when thousands of government employees remain furloughed.  Yet […]

Shutdown Ends, but Suffering Designed to Continue

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld The 16-day government shutdown came to an end early this morning. Apparently the warnings that the U.S. would run out of the money needed to pay its debts, causing a widespread bank collapse, were enough to get the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to break their rule against moving bipartisan bills without […]

Making it Real with 5% Shifts

A few weeks ago, Building Movement Project released our newest report, “Advancing Community Level Impact”.  The report was the fourth in our series on how service providers can make small “5% Shifts” that can lead to big impacts in the communities they serve.  The response to this series has been great.  We’ve heard from folks across […]

Shifting Strategies to Advance Community Level Impact

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld When service agencies embrace broader social change and community-level work, it requires a shift in organizational strategy. By strategy, I mean both the motivating vision for the impact the organization will have in the world and also the practices, tactics and choices around staffing that will make the vision a reality. Our […]

Obamacare: The Potential in Service to Social Change

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld This past week, the Building Movement Project Team had the privilege to hear from several leaders in Los Angeles about how the implementation of Obamacare is being leveraged by forward-looking organizations as an opportunity for movement building. We met at one of St. John’s Well Child & Family Center’s many clinics in South Los Angeles. […]

Big Money for Nonprofit Navigators

Written by Caitlin Endyke Despite our recent disappointment with Michigan governor Rick Snyder (you might have seen our discussions of the governor’s passage of the Emergency Manager Law against popular vote this Spring), we are happy to see that a motion to expand Medicaid benefits was passed in the legislature yesterday, partly due to the governor’s […]

Building Movement Begins Work in New Mexico!

Written by Alicia Maldonado Greetings from New Mexico! My name is Alicia Lueras Maldonado and I am happy to be working with the Building Movement Project to coordinate their work in the State to bring together organizers, advocates and service providers to work together for change. I am a native New Mexican and passionate about […]

Presenting at the Alliance Conference

Written by Frances Kunreuther Each year the people who provide you with technical assistance, organizational development, leadership training, transition management, and a host of other supports for nonprofits meet together at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management conference. This year it is practically in our back yard – in Newark, NJ – and Sean and I will be headed there […]

Breakfast in Detroit

Written by Caitlin EndykeSean Thomas-Breitfeld This piece originally appeared in Transformation, a new online publication from Michael Edwards and openDemocracy. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Detroit?” Government bailouts for the auto industry, perhaps? A ruined city that has largely been abandoned? Or maybe the “cheap suits” from Chevrolet who shot Kenny […]

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