Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Service and Social Change

Here you’ll find resources, case studies, and tools to help nonprofits engage and empower constituents, in order to build organizations that are more inclusive, transparent and responsive.

Webinar Recap: Engaging Constituents, Addressing Root Causes: Food Banks and Beyond

Recently, the Building Movement Project (BMP) hosted a 60-minute webinar featuring Randi Quackenbush and Lyndsey Lyman of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (FBST) and Alicia Swords, Associate Professor at Ithaca College. Alicia shared some history and insights from her experience working with the University of the Poor... more

How Social Change Happens, the View from Detroit: Webinar Re-Cap

On Feb 26 the Building Movement Project (BMP) hosted a webinar designed to help listeners explore how service providers and organizing groups work together to shift power. During the 60-minute webinar, we heard from partners working in the context of a food pantry in Detroit about how they challenge narratives... more

The “How” of Social Change

In the late 90s and early 2000s, one of the Building Movement Project’s founding members, Linda Campbell, was working with service providers struggling with shrinking budgets and increased need in her own hometown of Detroit. Linda watched as public funding for services to people living in poverty was... more

What’s in a Name: Shifting Language and Mindsets about Public Assistance

Illustration: Rob Dobi It’s been about a month since Jazmine Headley’s son Damone was ripped from her arms in the Human Resources Administration building in Boerum Hill, where she had gone to try to get her child-care benefits reinstated.  You may have seen the disturbing... more

Racial Wealth Learning Simulation: Webinar Re-Cap

This piece is a follow-up to a recent Tools to Engage webinar hosted by the Building Movement Project. The Building Movement Project (BMP) recently hosted a webinar designed to help listeners gain a deeper understanding of the root causes of hunger and the connections between racial equity,... more

A Deeper Dive into Advocacy: Webinar Re-Cap

This piece is a follow-up to a recent Tools to Engage webinar hosted by the Building Movement Project. Now, more than ever, direct service organizations are being called upon to advocate for individuals as well as for policy change. By integrating service and social change, organizations can continue... more

A Better Match: Nonprofit Boards and Community Representation

Image: This graph depicts responses to the CGAP survey question regarding Board member-community match. Nonprofit boards exist to ensure organizational viability.  Board members help guide organizations in fundraising, financial management, program strategy, and more.   But does the composition of the Board matter?  That answer is &ldquo... more

Think Integrating Clients Onto Your Board is Impossible? Think Again!

Service providers know the value of integrating client voices more actively, but often face a variety of barriers in doing so. The idea of including current or former clients on the Board of Directors might seem like an out-of-reach gold standard, but join our webinar on April 17th to hear... more

Integrating Civic Engagement for Nonprofits

On a snowy second-day of Spring, I facilitated a workshop with BMP Co-Director Sean Thomas-Breitfeld at the UnidosUS Leaders in Action Summit in Washington DC. UnidosUS, formerly NCLR, was established in 1968 to serve the Hispanic community through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in... more

UPCOMING WEBINAR on Tools to Engage: Resources for Nonprofits

Our new website, Tools to Engage: Resources for Nonprofits is up and running! Based on the structure of the popular NICE Guide, Tools to Engage helps organizations learn how they can meaningfully engage their constituents and community. Go to www.tools2engage.org, where an interactive, multi-level search portal... more

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