Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Leadership

Here you’ll find recommendations for how to ease the transition from older to younger generations and how we can work together to define the future of nonprofit leadership. We report on key issues facing Generation X and Boomer leaders, as well as how to deepen our approaches to addressing those issues.

Surprise! Boomers are Aging

Even though we’re not going back to school, we at the Building Movement Project have entered the fall thinking about the year ahead. We are meeting on leadership, service and social change, and movement building; and like everyone else, our plate stays full and we only wish we...more

Reflection on Movement Leadership

Most of the time, we talk here about the leadership of organizations related to age, race, gender, style, outcomes, and social change. We think about leadership pipelines and transitions, and what structures help people lead with the most impact. But in the midst of the funeral for Michael Brown in...more

The Debate About Boards

I recently attended the biennial conference of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). This year, GIFT held the Money for our Movements conference in Baltimore, and more than 500 social justice fundraisers and organizers came together to learn, connect and take action. One of the highlights of this conference is...more

Boards: A Historic Relic?

This entry by Kim Klein was first published on July 19th as part of her monthly advice column "Dear Kim" for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). BMP's Co-Director, Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, will moderate the debate on boards at GIFT's Money for our Movements conference. This issue of ...more

Tools for Reflecting on Leadership

With each new report BMP produces, we try to capture new and emerging data and share it with leaders in order to help spread learning and ideas for building strong organizations led in sustainable ways.  Sometimes, however, it’s not always easy to put those ideas into practice....more

Wise Fools

I went with trepidation. It was the second convening of Wise Fools – convened by Ginny McGinn at the Center for Whole Communities and Akaya Windwood from the Rockwood Leadership Institute.  The first time we met was last summer in Vermont. I hadn’t hesitated to accept the...more

Planning for New Roles but Few Rules

It IS happening!  The older Boomers are starting to leave top roles in nonprofit organizations, and many more are thinking about what is next. Our latest report in the Life After Leadership Series, New Roles, Few Rules: Planning for Purpose Beyond Position is a much needed look at how...more

Reflecting on Your Readiness to Leave

Since releasing The Leadership in Leaving, BMP has received many different responses, but one that we hear again and again is, “How do I know when it is the right time to leave?”  As the authors of the report point out, “Ending a long-term position can...more

Three Emergent Themes

Every six months, we spend four packed days with our Project Team to discuss the Building Movement Project work and direction, and to hear what our team members are seeing and thinking about in their everyday work. We always work hard in these meetings, but we also make time to...more

Feminist Answers to Nonprofit Questions

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, it seems like a good time to reflect on the debt that the not-for-profit sector owes to the leadership and courage of feminists. Sure, women make up nearly 75% of the nonprofit workforce, but that is not the reason that feminism...more

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