Inspiration Week!

So we started the year with a giveaway, and the love is still coming!

This week, I’m sharing posts on topics and resources that I find inspiring, in the sincere hope that you will, too.

First, the third report in the Building Movement Project’s 5% shift series. I was honored, last fall, to be part of a national webinar for Grassroots Grantmakers, with BMP, to talk about the 5% shift project and how nonprofit, direct service organizations, can make changes within the footprint of their current operations that help them to move towards a social change orientation.

This third report highlights organizations whose transformations are a bit more fundamental, though, in my assessment, since both integrated a social change orientation into multiple parts of their organizations’ operations, albeit in steps that, individually, were not radical.

What I love most about this effort from Building Movement Project is that it practices what it preaches, in essence–by approaching the work from a nonjudgmental and affirming perspective, it encourages organizations to find a way–any way–to weave advocacy and addressing root causes into their operations, rather than expecting agencies to pivot dramatically.

And it connects the dots, so that revising staff job descriptions to include advocacy, for example, is seen not as a token effort or a disconnected process, but as part of a larger effort to align organizational resources with a pursuit of transformational change.

In this way, lots of 5%s can really add up.

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