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A Snapshot of the State of Nonprofits in New Mexico

Today, we are releasing, “Working Towards the Common Good: A Preview of Findings from the 2014 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey.”  This brief provides a preview of data gathered from the 2014 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey, an effort that was led by BMP in partnership with many local nonprofits such...more

Working Towards the Common Good 2014

In New Mexico, nonprofit organizations have long played an integral role in ensuring the well-being of the state by caring for its people, environment, and natural assets. Recognizing the important role of nonprofits in New Mexico, The Building Movement Project (BMP) and several nonprofit organizations in the state—such...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

Common Good in New Mexico

This Halloween I was in New Mexico presenting at the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers conference with my colleagues Andrea Plaza executive director of Encuentro, Jenny Metzler head of Health Care for the Homeless and Alicia Maldonado (our Building Movement consultant). We were there to talk about the role that...more

Help Us to Tell the Story of New Mexico Nonprofits

Today we are launching the 2014 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey. This survey effort is being led by BMP, in partnership with many New Mexico nonprofits such as Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Encuentro, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, New Mexico Voices for Children, and SouthWest Organizing Project. This short, confidential...more

Talking Taxes

Today is commonly known as "Tax Day" in the United States. I am a partner in a consulting firm and we pay "estimated" taxes, so I have just returned from mailing them off. "Estimated tax" is the amount of tax we will owe this year if we earn the same...more

What Nonprofits Can Learn from Community Organizing

Last week, I participated in a great panel on the lessons that nonprofits can learn from community organizing. The other panelists were Julia Watt-Rosenfeld, the Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation in Brooklyn, Prerana Reddy, the Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum...more

Movements, Funders, and Making Change

Last week, Sean and I participated in the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conference on supporting movements. We did an introductory session for funders on the basics of movement building, and were joined by Laura McCargar from the Perrin Family Foundation and Peter Bloch Garcia from the Marguerite Casey Foundation who...more

Can We All Do Better if We All Did Better?

"Set aside politics. Set aside competitiveness. Imagine what it would be like if there was enough money to go around. Imagine the powerful force nonprofits can be for the Common Good" – Renee McGiven, host of the Nonprofit Spark podcast In the nonprofit sector, we all care passionately about our...more

Scaling and Ecology

Every couple of years, new phrases suddenly permeate the air. In the nonprofit sector right now there is “scale”, “collective impact”, “network”, “movement”, “evidence-based”, “transformation” and of course ”innovation.” These terms can be deeply meaningful or...more

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