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Tag: Reform

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. more

Catalysts for Change Podcast with the San Francisco Foundation Center

Frances Kunreuther, director of the Building Movement Project, sits down with the Foundation Center of San Francisco to discuss how service organizations can take part in activities beyond delivering direct services to address the systemic causes of issues affecting their communities. more

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. more

Key Readings and Other Resources on Movement Building

Our Movement Building Portal is meant to give you a brief outline of social movements in the United States and point you to groups currently dedicated to movement building. On this page, you’ll find some important texts on social movements and movement building theory that we think will be useful for more in-depth study.


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, as he tells the story of how he went from client to board member in one organization. more

Stories from the Field: Developing Board Readiness for Advocacy

Service and Social Change: Stories from the Field offers you the opportunity to come to us with stories of how your service organization is working to make change in your community. Our first featured “story from the field” comes to us via our partners at the Colorado Civic Participation Project. Developing Board Readiness for Advocacy tells the story of how the staff of Habitat for Humanity of Colorado worked to build support for advocacy work amongst their board – a common struggle for service providers in this position. more

Is the charitable tax deduction really fair?

BMP Project Team member Kim Klein argues in the Nonprofit Quarterly that if we really want to incentivize charitable giving--and create a more just tax code--then it's time to eliminate the charitable tax deduction.


Suggested Reading on the Commons: The Value of Nothing

Check out our latest Commons-related reading recommendation, Raj Patel's The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy.


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

This recent Yes! Magazine article, written by our friends at Demos, describes how we can help bridge the gap in voter participation by enforcing an already existing law that links voter registration to public assistance programs. more

Mobilize.org Launches Target 2020

To offer Millennials the tools they need to achieve their personal educational goals and realize the impact it can have on their communities by the year 2020, Mobilize.org will convene three Democracy 2.0 Summits in North Carolina (October 22-24, 2010), California and Florida (dates TBD), titled “Target 2020: My Education. Our Future.” more

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