Movement Building in Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are more powerful when they work together to tackle problems.

When nonprofit organizations use organizing principles to work together, their power multiplies. Building Movement Project observes and documents the unique and integral roles nonprofits play in building social movements, sharing their success stories and best practices, as well as pitfalls to avoid. Check out these resources on how nonprofits can build movements and create larger change.

The Respect ABQ Women Campaign: Winning through Vision Strategy and Relationships

The Respect ABQ Women campaign sent shock waves through the reproductive rights community with its resounding defeat of a ballot initiative banning late-term abortion in Albuquerque. When anti-abortion groups filed their petitions in early July 2013, polls indicated that the ban would easily pass. Yet by the vote in November, a local Coalition – with […]

Alliances for Change: Organizing for the 21st Century

The election of President Obama with his history and identification as a community organizer sent a message of hope and possibility to the community organizing world. For decades, community organizing groups in the U.S. grappled with the form and consequences of the state’s strike-back against hard won anti-poverty and civil rights gains of the 1960s. […]

Keeping Students First: Building Community Labor Partnerships for Strong Schools

This report explores what happened in two cities—St. Paul, Minnesota and Austin, Texas—where unions have established partnerships reminiscent of the alignment between labor and community groups in Chicago in 2012. Also, this report provides analysis and tools for labor and community groups nationwide that hope to overcome historical and systemic barriers in order to build […]

Framework of Cross Movement Approaches

This framework offers a means of categorizing various approaches to cross-movement work.


Despite racial and economic progress in the Unites States, Black communities continue to endure disproportionate levels of inequality and injustice. The status of Black workers and their ability to address the socio-economic issues faced in their communities reveals an America defaulting on its promise as the “land of opportunity.” In an effort to address the […]

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