Equipping nonprofits to advance social change

Tag: Social Services

Current Movement Building Organizations

There are some groups we’d like to highlight that are currently building movements in their communities. Head to their websites for more information about what they’re doing and how they’re achieving change. more

Nonprofits and Social Change

If you are associated with a nonprofit or service provider that is interested in increasing its social change work, you’ve come to the right place. BMP works to help nonprofits extend their work beyond programs and direct service delivery to social change and advocacy on behalf of clients. Below are some of our resources that you will probably find most helpful. more

Stories from the Field: Successes at St. Stephen’s

In this next installment of Stories From the Field, we bring you news from St. Stephen’s Community House in Toronto. We first heard about the work at St. Stephen’s house 5 years ago, when they joined us for a training full of innovative service providers in Toronto looking to solve the systemic issues their clients were facing. This year, in the face of budget cuts that would drastically limit funds for the city’s homeless shelters and public housing units, program participants at St. Stephen’s Community House rallied together to ensure that the city did not cut off these vital resources. more

Key Themes from Catalysts for Change

In 2009, with the support of The California Endowment, the Building Movement Project launched an initiative to explore whether California-based health and human service providers engage in activities beyond direct services to address the causes of the problems facing their constituents. This summary of Catalysts for Change discusses findings from a survey of more than 450 California nonprofit service providers about the ways in which they are (or are not) integrating community involvement/social change into their workmore

News from the Detroit Food Justice Taskforce

The Building Movement Project recently partnered with the Detroit Food Justice Task Force to help them bring “healthy, affordable foods to all of the city’s people”. Check out this update from the Task Force, where they talk about the successes of their “Cook, Eat, Talk” program, which seeks to facilitate discussion and provide resources for access to healthy, local food for all Detroiters. more

Building Movement Battle Creek

A few years ago, Building Movement Project traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan, where they helped nonprofit organizations in the community begin their transformation from standard service providers to agencies of social change. Recently, the coalition put out a video that documents their group’s success. Watch as one man speaks to the benefits of community involvement, as he tells the story of how he went from client to board member in one organization. more

Stories from the Field: Building Solidarity Across Silos

Two months ago we launched our Stories from the Field series with a case study about developing board readiness for advocacy. This month’s submission, Whatever it Takes: Building Solidarity Across Silos, takes us to Illinois where a newly formed state-wide coalition, Illinois Partners for Human Service, took a savvy approach to building voice, power, and relationships among service providers and associations. more

Budget 101 and other great resources from the Coalition on Human Needs

While congress may have reached a debt deal, many questions still remain about the federal budget and the impact that it will have on the social services that many of us either provide or rely on. The Coalition for Human Needs has a host of resources to help service providers understand the federal budget and facilitate staff and community conversations around budget impact and advocacy.more

Stories from the Field: Developing Board Readiness for Advocacy

Service and Social Change: Stories from the Field offers you the opportunity to come to us with stories of how your service organization is working to make change in your community. Our first featured “story from the field” comes to us via our partners at the Colorado Civic Participation Project. Developing Board Readiness for Advocacy tells the story of how the staff of Habitat for Humanity of Colorado worked to build support for advocacy work amongst their board – a common struggle for service providers in this position.more

Couldn’t make our call for EDs and Senior Staff?  You can download the audio here!

On Wednesday, May 18th, the Building Movement Project hosted the second of our ongoing series of “cohort calls” that concentrate on the different roles/activities of service providers involved in social change work. The purpose of the calls is to build connections and share information among staffers across the country working in service delivery groups that are also looking to address larger issues affecting their clients. This call focused on the experience of Executive Directors/Senior Staff and was led by Jim Mangia, President & CEO of St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles, CA.more

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