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.

Persistent Poverty, New Roles for Service Providers and Advocates

This week, the Census Bureau released its annual data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the U.S. On the whole, little change occurred in 2013: the poverty rate declined slightly by half a percent; there was no significant change to the actual number of Americans living in poverty;...more

Just Bread

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen (CSK) used to be called The Charity Guild. It first opened its doors in Detroit in 1929 with a mission of feeding the poor.  After feeding people in poverty for the better part of a century, the CSK leadership wanted to do more, but weren&rsquo...more

The Next Generation of Leaders We Really Need in Detroit

In addition to being on the BMP Project Team, Linda Campbell is a CSI fellow and has been a convener of the People’s Platform in Detroit. This blog was originally posted by the Center for Social Inclusion. Earlier this month, Crain’s Detroit published its annual list...more

Announcing New Partnership with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management

The Building Movement Project and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management are excited to announce that we are joining forces to create the “Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement” project. NICE will work with organizational development experts, consultants and nonprofit staff to help service groups focus on client and community engagement...more

“5% Shifts” Series Featured in Working Strategies Magazine

We are excited to announce that a profile of our series, "5% Shifts to Social Change", was featured in this year's winter edition of Working Strategies magazine.   The profile, written by BMP Co-Directors Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, discusses how evaluating the success of our original Process Guide led...more

ACF Fellows Commit to Integrating Civic Engagement

Earlier this week, I facilitated a meeting for the Alliance for Children & Families’ 2014 New Voices Civic Engagement Fellows. This year’s fellows, who are sponsored by Alliance member organizations, were chosen for their demonstrated potential to use civic engagement strategies to strengthen families, communities, and nonprofit organizations. ...more

Featured Tool: Root Cause Analysis

One essential shift that organizations make as they embrace a social change perspective is to begin examining the underlying systemic and structural issues that are really behind the reasons that clients come to organizations for help and support. Our Root Cause Analysis Tool is designed to spark discussion and...more

New Tools, Seeking Users

Launching anything on the ‘interwebs’ is a little bit like the riddle of whether a falling tree makes any noise: you never know if the work put in to crafting the research, video, slideshow, or whatever, will get any views, much less go “viral.” So it...more

Praise for Service and Social Change Tools

The Building Movement Project relies on the feedback, guidance and encouragement of other practitioners in the nonprofit sector. We are so thankful for all of our friends who have supported and advised us in developing the resources on the new tools page. Here’s what some of our advisors...more

Bettering Services, Saving Money

What happens when a conservative state reforms an entire social service program, with the goal of making it more cost-effective? Usually, you’d probably end up with a program that did little to better the lives of the people it served – or you’d have a group...more

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