Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Tag: Progressive Change

Theory and Definitions

At BMP, we generally use a 5-step process to outline the stages of movement building. more

Nonprofits and Social Change

If you are associated with a nonprofit or service provider that is interested in increasing its social change work, you’ve come to the right place. BMP works to help nonprofits extend their work beyond programs and direct service delivery to social change and advocacy on behalf of clients. Below are some of our resources that you will probably find most helpful. more

Key Themes from Catalysts for Change

In 2009, with the support of The California Endowment, the Building Movement Project launched an initiative to explore whether California-based health and human service providers engage in activities beyond direct services to address the causes of the problems facing their constituents. This summary of Catalysts for Change discusses findings from a survey of more than 450 California nonprofit service providers about the ways in which they are (or are not) integrating community involvement/social change into their work more

Part of the 99%

Here at BMP, we’re excited to be in New York at the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. We’ve been watching for two weeks now as protestors continue to camp in Zuccotti Park to demonstrate their frustration with the current American economic system. While some are critical about the lack of a specific set of demands, what’s most important is that within the multitude of voices coming from downtown, people are standing together and speaking out for social change. more

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

Building Movement Project in Detroit

While the Building Movement Project is a nationally-focused organization, we’ve always had a very special relationship with Detroit. Linda Campbell - long time Detroit resident and member of the Building Movement Project Team since its founding 10 years ago – has deep connections throughout this city and has always encouraged us to look to Detroit as a place where some of the best ideas for community-led social change are developed and implemented.

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Background and Media Coverage of Detroit

According to most of the articles and reports published about Detroit since the census, the city is a wasteland that people are flocking from, but if you visit Detroit or read articles written by local organizers and residents of the city, Detroit is alive with hope and ripe for change.

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Catalysts for Change

Catalysts for Change: How California Nonprofits Can Deliver Direct Services and Transform Communities offers a snapshot of how California-based health and human service providers engage in activities beyond services to address the causes of the problems facing their constituents. Part One of the report presents the findings from a survey of more than 450 California nonprofit service providers, describing the ways in which these groups are (or are not) integrating practices – ranging from client involvement to advocacy to internal capacity building – into their work. more

Social Movements and Philanthropy: How Foundations Can Support Movement Building

In an excellent article published by The Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed journal, Barbara Masters and Torie Osborn identify how foundations can support movement-building. As they seek to catalyze broad-based social change, there is a need for greater understanding of what social movements are, how they evolve, and the unique challenges that movement building presents to foundations. Social Service and Social Change: A Process Guide is included in the article. more

Catalysts for Change

Catalysts for Change: How California Nonprofits Can Deliver Direct Services and Transform Communities offers a snapshot of how California-based health and human service providers engage in activities beyond services to address the causes of the problems facing their constituents. Part Two of the report, offers five in-depth case studies of California-based health and social service providers that are engaging in non-service activities to address systemic issues – such as poverty, inequality, and health disparities – as well as building the voice and power of their constituents. more

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