Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Service and Social Change

Here you’ll find tools for how to transform service organizations and their larger networks to include social change/justice activities.  The goal is to build communities where citizens are engaged, empowered, and assertive, and service organizations are more inclusive, transparent and responsive.

The Role of Nonprofits in Increasing Income Mobility

Last week, The New York Times released an interactive dataset comparing what income mobility looks like in different neighborhoods across the country. This dataset, which comes from years of research conducted by The Equality of Opportunity Project, is remarkable in a lot ways. But what struck me the most about...more

New Mexico Student Protests and the Common Good

Creating a safe space at a school contributes to the common good in ways that reverberate throughout a community. South Valley Academy, a public charter school in Albuquerque’s South Valley, is continually working to align values with action, and the reaction to the walkouts in protest of the...more

Strong Families New Mexico: Building the Common Good by Building Alliances

This entry continues our series highlighting the work of our allies in New Mexico and the common good in action. Click here to read the previous entry. In New Mexico we are not distant from the common good. We have a deep understanding of how we are connected,” says...more

Mapping an Emerging Network of Nonprofits in New Mexico

There is growing recognition among nonprofits and funders that networks can play a distinct role in advancing social change. As noted by Network Impact and Center for Evaluation Innovation in their recent co-authored paper, networks may be uniquely equipped to tackle challenges that are too complex for individual organizations to...more

Predatory Lenders Crush the Common Good

This entry continues our series highlighting the work of our allies in New Mexico and the common good in action. Click here to read the first entry. Politics before governing is an operating policy that has allowed a tiny minority to continue rigging the American Dream for their own...more

SouthWest Organizing Project: Lifting up the Common Good in New Mexico

Over the next few weeks, the Building Movement Project will highlight the work of our allies in New Mexico and how they are contributing to the common good. This is the first blog in our series focused on the common good in action. So often we hear about the struggles...more

A Snapshot of the State of Nonprofits in New Mexico

Today, we are releasing, “Working Towards the Common Good: A Preview of Findings from the 2014 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey.”  This brief provides a preview of data gathered from the 2014 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey, an effort that was led by BMP in partnership with many local nonprofits such...more

Common Good in New Mexico

This Halloween I was in New Mexico presenting at the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers conference with my colleagues Andrea Plaza executive director of Encuentro, Jenny Metzler head of Health Care for the Homeless and Alicia Maldonado (our Building Movement consultant). We were there to talk about the role that...more

Post-Election Wake-Up Call

In the wake of Tuesday’s elections, I was left wondering how many nonprofits had registered and turned out voters. This year’s midterms will probably be remembered for the apparent contradiction of progressive ballot measures winning alongside conservative legislators. But this election should be remembered for the...more

Help Us to Tell the Story of New Mexico Nonprofits

Today we are launching the 2014 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey. This survey effort is being led by BMP, in partnership with many New Mexico nonprofits such as Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Encuentro, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, New Mexico Voices for Children, and SouthWest Organizing Project. This short, confidential...more

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