Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Movement Building

There have been significant resources dedicated to the development of nonprofits’ organizational capacity. However, far less attention has been paid to the capacity of groups to support movement for social change. Here you’ll find resources on how to develop the movement capacity of nonprofit organizations.

Are We All Intersectional Now?

Frances wrote earlier this year about our struggles to tease out “intersectionality” the buzzword from intersectionality as an analytic approach that moves beyond single-issue organizing and advocacy. The release of our latest report The New Now  is based on interviews with organizers and activists in New Mexico...more

Collaborating for Social Change: 5 Lessons from a Collective Effort to End Homelessness in CT

According to its most recent study in 2013, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness estimates that more than 600,000 individuals experience homelessness across the country. In Connecticut, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and community providers are coming together in a campaign to end homelessness in their state. In our latest report, Coordinating...more

Black Love in Cleveland

This past weekend, I had the honor to attend the Movement for Black Lives convening in Cleveland. It was a historic gathering of more than a thousand black organizers, activists and families from around the country. Given the justified outrage over people being pepper sprayed by cops after the conference...more

Winning: Rights and Respect

In reproductive justice circles, the victory of the Respect ABQ Women campaign received a flurry of attention in the fall of 2013  when Albuquerque voters defeated a ban on late-term abortions. The Building Movement Project  went back to talk to five leaders in that Campaign to understand why they...more

Beyond the Wedding Cake: The Fight Continues

In its monumental decision this past Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex marriage is a legal right protected by the Constitution. The Obergefell v. Hodges ruling effectively reverses bans on same-sex marriages in states where these laws have been enacted while...more

Detroit: The Inequality Landscape

I experience inequality when my 40 year plus near perfect driving record causes my insurance rates to be 3x that of my suburban peers. I experience inequality when the police respond to an accidentally tripped house alarm in less than 5 minutes at my daughter’s midtown condo. I experience inequality...more

Reflections from the 3rd Detroit People’s Platform Annual Meeting

“We have worked out a system to deal with the system.” These words, spoken by Detroit People’s Platform member Jocelyn Harris at our annual meeting, stand as a testament to the growing enthusiasm behind our method for social change in Detroit. Since its very first meeting...more

Funding Needed for Black Organizing

Around the country funders are coming together to support community organizing in black communities. Earlier this month, I moderated a panel discussion at the North Star Fund’s “Let Us Breathe” forum, which served “as a call to community members, donors, grantmakers, activists, organizers, and all...more

Public Protest Molds Public Opinion

Earlier this month, a new poll revealed that there was a “deep divide” between blacks and whites on race and the criminal justice system. I’m not sure that this news was all that surprising since, as Alvin noted in his blog about the unique brand of...more

Millennials and Racism

Three weeks ago my friends and I, all men of color in our twenties, took a trip to Davenport Park in New Rochelle, NY. We pulled into the empty parking lot and noticed a white van parked across from us. I remember getting out of the car, looking over to...more

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