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Driving Collective Action: Strategies for Community Engagement

Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  ET

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As nonprofits work to advocate for their clients and communities, many leaders are searching for new ways to involve these important  stakeholders in advocacy efforts. The Alliance for Nonprofit Management and The Building Movement Project have released a new publication, The Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement (NICE) Guide. The NICE Guide offers a wealth of resources - including background information, exercises, tools, case studies and more - that help nonprofits develop core competencies on constituent and community engagement. The NICE Guide is designed to help service groups leverage their unparalleled reach into low-income communities to address the larger problems faced by their constituents and surrounding community. This webinar will highlight the Guide but also touch on key strategies for community engagement as part of collective action efforts.



  • Connect communities to advocacy efforts
  • Frame advocacy efforts around constituents’ experiences
  • Develop strategies to engage clients and communities in advocacy efforts

Intended Audiences:   

  • CEOs/Executive Directors
  • Strategy Officers
  • External Affairs Officers


Leadership Bios and Organizational Profile

Frances K.

Frances Kunreuther co-directs the Building Movement Project (, which works to strengthen U.S. nonprofits as sites of civic engagement and social change. She is co-author of From the Ground Up: Grassroots Organizations Making Social Change (Cornell, 2006) and Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership (Jossey Bass, 2009).  Frances spent five years at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. She headed the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LBGT youth, and was awarded a year-long Annie E. Casey Foundation fellowship in 1997 for this and her previous work. Over the years, Frances has worked with homeless youth and families, undocumented immigrants, crime victims, battered women, and substance users. She writes and presents frequently on issues related to nonprofits, leadership and social change.


Sean Thomas

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld co-directs the Building Movement Project, with a special focus on BMP’s work on service and social change. Prior to joining the BMP staff, Sean spent a decade working in various roles at the Center for Community Change. At CCC, he developed training programs for grassroots leaders, worked in CCC’s communications and policy departments where he coordinated online and grassroots advocacy efforts, and lobbied on a range of issues, including immigration reform, transportation equity and anti-poverty programs. Before joining the Center, Sean worked as a Policy Analyst at the National Council of La Raza, where he focused on employment and income security issues. Sean holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.


In 1999, twenty people working in small social change nonprofits from across the United States came together to examine how they could better build their capacity for change. These discussions led to the birth of the Building Movement Project (BMP), a national nonprofit organization that develops research, tools, training materials and opportunities for partnership that bolster nonprofit organizations' ability to support the voice and power of the people they serve.

We help organizations to align their social justice principles with their operating practices. Our practical resources and creative solutions help organizations innovate to meet the needs of the communities they serve and face the challenges of the external environment while support equity, fairness and sustainability.

BMP concentrates on three main focus areas in order to accomplish these goals and further advance social change. These focus areas are:

1) Leadership: Analyzing how organizations can do their best work and encourage leaders at every level by promoting the most effective and inclusive practices

2) Nonprofits and Social Change: Developing the capacity of organizations to engage constituents in changing the systems that impact them

3) Movement Building: Acknowledging and building on the distinct role of nonprofit organizations in advancing movements for social change



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