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.

Organizations and Leadership

Recently, we have been getting a lot of requests to talk about two of our reports that came out a few years ago, Structuring Leadership: Alternative Models for Distributing Power and Decision  and What Works: Developing Successful Multigenerational Leadership. Both reports focus on the way organizations operate and the...more

Sharing the Hard Decisions: How Co-Leaders Can Do More Together

This blog post is due to the courtesy of NCRP  NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership, is an important addition to the philanthropic sector, making the case for why social change funders should invest in leadership development. At the Building Movement Project, we have written about generational...more

Coming Home Again

Growing up, I was part of a number of youth programs designed to help me and other kids of color in our predominantly low-income neighborhood to strive for academic, career, and other life opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. While these programs were certainly successful in connecting me...more

The Scale of the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

I started my career working for organizations led by people of color. I never thought this was a remarkable thing, but lately I’ve become more aware of how rare people of color are at the top levels of leadership in the nonprofit sector. This spring, a few members...more

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

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