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When Community and Labor Join Forces

On March 31st, I sat down for a fast-paced webinar with two veteran organizers, and I knew our conversation couldn’t come at a more crucial time. With labor regulations under attack at the national level and community groups increasingly under-resourced, people’s movements face new challenges to... more

The "Common Good" in Action

Last week, a cohort of organizations addressing homelessness in Albuquerque came together for a peer learning session on client engagement. Among the participants were two individuals that had experienced homelessness and now sit in leadership positions at a local homeless services clinic, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH). CEOs... more

Permanently Affordable: The Community Land Trust Model

As anyone who has ever lived (or tried to live) in New York City knows, rent price tags are no joke. In NYC, chronic disinvestment in communities of color, and rampant gentrification are just a few of the issues that keep driving prices sky high and forcing long-term residents... more

Reflecting on the Women’s March on Washington

The day after Trump’s inauguration, I was one of the 500,000 or 1.2 million who marched in Washington, D.C.  I was glad to be there, even with the flaws. There was a feeling of optimism reflected in the pussy hats, homemade signs, different issues that were represented, throngs... more

Detroiters Changed the Narrative to Push for Community (not just corporate) Development

Detroit, Michigan, recently became the first city in the nation to pass an ordinance designed to give community members a voice in negotiations with big developers. Large-scale developers often receive financial support from taxpayers in the form of grants, tax abatements, and land transfers. In exchange, they sometimes promise community... more

Job Announcement- Research Associate

About the Building Movement Project For over a decade, the Building Movement Project has been advancing the potential for nonprofit organizations to have an impact on building movements for progressive social change. We learn by listening to groups and leaders about what it takes for organizations to align their social... more

2016 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey Launch

We are excited to let you know that the 2016 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey is online, and your input is more critical than ever. This survey will provide valuable information on the key issues that nonprofits are working on, the opportunities and challenges we face, and how we can continue to... more

Building the CBO Movement in Detroit

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld with artwork by Sean Bieri, courtesy of www.metrotimes.com Detroit and many cities across the country that experienced disinvestment, white flight and redlining a generation ago, are now grappling with economic “redevelopment” efforts that notoriously and blatantly bypass communities of color. Since redevelopment... more

Embracing a Diverse Sector by Pushing Past Diversity

This blog post  was written for Independent Sector's blog for their New Frontiers Conference to be held in Washington, DC from Nov 16-18. To read the full post, click here.  Over the past few years, racism has been a major topic in the news and on social... more

Ask Questions, First to Learn but Then to Act

This article was written for the Stanford Social Innovation Review as a part of their “Putting Grantees at the Center of Philanthropy" series, produced in partnership with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. To read the full article, click here. “When grantmakers go looking for feedback from their grantees, they... more

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