Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Tag: Social Services

Missed our call for organizers in social service organizations?  Here’s the low down.

Recently the Building Movement Project hosted the first of an ongoing series of "cohort calls" focused on the different roles/activities of service providers in social change work. The first call focused on the experience of organizers, advocates, and directors of civic engagement work within a service context. 25 participants joined the call with three guest speakers (organizers Maria Zavala and Amina Saleg from the Family Partnership in Minnesapolis, MN and Anna Dioguardi from Queens Community House in Queens, NY) to build connections and share information about strategies and challenges inherent in this work. more

Bringing Food Self-Reliance to Impacted Michigan Communities

Congratulations to BMP partner Our Kitchen Table, who recently received a large grant to expand their food reliance projects throughout several neighborhoods in Michigan. Our Kitchen Table works in low-income communities to address food scarcity and diet-related health problems, provide access to healthy food, and build the power of families and communities to meet their own needs. more

Service Delivery and Social Change

In June 2010, the Building Movement Project held a convening at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund entitled Service Delivery and Social Change. This report offers a summary of participants’ reflections on their own ongoing efforts as well as on the evolution that has taken place in the field towards greater incorporation of social change models since the Building Movement Project’s first meeting on this topic three years earlier. The report also lays out a set of recommendations for how we can be advancing this work throughout the sector. 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 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

Alliance for Children and Families Civic Engagement Survey

One of BMP’s partners, Alliance for Children and Families is looking to develop an evaluation tool to measure the impact of civic engagement and the first step in this process is asking nonprofit social service providers to complete this online survey in order to get a sense of knowledge and practices in civic engagement. If that applies to you, please take a few moments to respond to the survey and share with other groups in your network: www.surveymonkey.com/s/CivicEngagementI. 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

Materials available from BMP presentations at CompassPoint Nonprofit Day

Download materials from presentations by BMP Director Frances Kunreuther and Project Team member Kim Klein. more

Somos Mayfair Receives Over $1M to Fund Social Service and Social Change

It’s been a year since we published Making Social Change: Case Studies of Nonprofit Service Providers which featured five human service organizations. The recent announcement that one of our featured organizations, Somos Mayfair, has been awarded over $1 million in funding for both their service and their civic engagement work brings hope and encouragement to human service providers looking to incorporate a social change framework. more

Grand Opening Event for Water Station on Pajarito Mesa

Recently, the New York Times covered the SouthWest Organizing Project’s efforts to deliver water services to the Pajarito Mesa in Albuquerque, NM. The SouthWest Organizing Project is directed by Building Movement Project Team Member, Robby Rodriguez, and works primarily in low-income communities of color to gain community control of land and resources. See a stunning photo/audio slideshow of the grand opening event for the filling station on Pajarito Mesa on the Albuquerque Journal. more

SWOP’s Community Organizing Efforts Featured in NY Times

For over 10 years, the Southwest Organizing Project in Albuquerque, NM has worked hard to deliver water services to the Pajarito Mesa. A recent NY Times article takes a look at life on the Mesa, featuring SWOP organizer Sandra Montes who gave the Times a tour of the area and explained the organizing history, which has resulted in a water filling station, mobile health clinics and other services. SWOP is directed by Building Movement Project Team Member, Robby Rodriguez, and works primarily in low-income communities of color to gain community control of land and resources. more

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