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.

Free Webinar: Feedback Loops vs Constituent Engagement

June 30, 2016 at 9am - 10:00 PT / 12:00pm - 1:00 ET Register for this webinar to hear BMP's Co-Directors - Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld - and other skilled and passionate capacity builders, including Dahnesh Medora, Building Community Portfolio Director of Meyer Memorial Trust, as well as Judi Sherman and Leah Steimel,...more

The Land of the Common Good

Tourists fall in love with New Mexico because of the food, culture, and natural landscapes. But over the past three years of BMP working with a variety of nonprofit partners, I fell in love with the Land of Enchantment for a completely different reason: the collaborative spirit of the people...more

Getting Out of Poverty Takes More Than Grit

Jesse is a recent graduate of Brown University and a 2014 Fulbright recipient. Earlier this month, Aisha Sultan wrote an article for the Atlantic titled “The Limitations of Teaching ‘Grit’ in the Classroom.” In it, Sultan critiqued the idea that if low-income children just transform their mindsets...more

The Difference Between Feedback and Power

Recently, the nonprofit sector has been buzzing about the idea of feedback loops. Nonprofits are adapting customer feedback models from the private sector in their desire to listen to constituents and beneficiaries. There are initiatives by foundations looking to listen and learn from grantees. But while some claim that we...more

BMP Hits The Road: Alliance for Nonprofit Management Conference

Earlier this month, Frances and I went to the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s annual conference, held at Portland State University. We’re partnering with the Alliance on the Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement project, which focuses on helping organizational development consultants work with nonprofits – especially...more

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

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