Remaking the Economy: Black Food Sovereignty, Community Stories
Nonprofit Quarterly
by Steve Dubb
22h ago
  What does the struggle for Black food sovereignty look like at the local level? In this webinar conversation, five Black food justice leaders share their experiences. In this Remaking the Economy webinar, participants discussed the many interconnections between food sovereignty, racial and economic justice, health justice, climate justice, and community building. All five panelists were all article authors of NPQ’s fall 2022 series on Black Food Sovereignty: Stories from the Field. On this panel, the authors expand on their arguments and engage in active conversations with each other ..read more
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Imagining New Worlds: Using Science Fiction to Build a Solidarity Economy
Nonprofit Quarterly
by Aine Creedon
2d ago
Image Credit: Adam Jícha The cultural sector is seeking alternatives to business-as-usual. This article is the second in the series, “Remember the Future: Culture and Systems Change,” co-produced by Art.coop and NPQ. In this series, queer, trans, and BIPOC artists and cultural bearers reflect upon the unique role that culture has played and can play in activating and enacting structural change—and in building a solidarity economy. March 13, 2020. As the pandemic spreads, the world is poised on the brink of unforeseeable transformations. Hope is nested in fear, like a Russian tea doll. Facing t ..read more
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How to Align Assets with Mission: Small Steps That Nonprofits Can Take
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by Aine Creedon
2d ago
Image Credit: Christopher Sardegna on unsplash.com Have you reviewed your balance sheet lately? Many in the nonprofit sector look at their income statements (also known as the “profit and loss” report), but unless you’re a chief financial officer or perform a similar role, you may spend far less time looking at your organization’s overall financial position. Yet, hidden in those balance sheets, more often than you may think, are cash and other investable assets. These assets help nonprofits deliver on their missions by generating income. Developing a sound approach to managing these assets is ..read more
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The Best Elections Money Can Buy
Nonprofit Quarterly
by Steve Dubb
2d ago
Earlier this month, the US House of Representatives gripped the nation as the new narrow Republican majority struggled on multiple ballots to elect a speaker to lead it. Of course, ultimately Kevin McCarthy prevailed on the 15th ballot. What broke the logjam? Media accounts focused on rules concessions, and those were important. But part of the story took place far from the halls of Congress. As the Center for Responsive Politics—the nonprofit that operates the Open Secrets database—details, two political action committees played a key role. One was the Congressional Leadership Fund, the so ..read more
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Building Trust: How to Put Bottom-Up Organizing Principles to Work
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by Aine Creedon
2d ago
The following is a transcript of the video above, from our November 16, 2022, roundtable, “Building a Movement for the Common Good.” Ramón Cruz: For Sierra Club, it was very transformative, if you will, when we adopted some years ago, what is called the Jemez principles for democratic organizing as our methodology for organizing. There was often criticism on how environmental organizations would parachute into a place whenever there was any issue and sort of take over the stage and call the shots. And communities, especially environmental justice organizations, resented that for many years, b ..read more
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Making Mothers Out Front a Liberatory Space
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by Aine Creedon
1w ago
This article is part of Climate Justice Organizing for Belonging, a series co-produced with NPQ and Mothers Out Front.The key question guiding this organizational shift—and this series—is: what does successful organizing look like for the most impacted when resources fully support them? Since its inception in 2013, the organization I have the honor of leading—Mothers Out Front—has harnessed the power of intergenerational members and leaders to enact targeted, measurable climate-focused wins that have real impact in members’ and leaders’ neighborhoods and communities. Mothers Out Front wa ..read more
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How Hawaiʻi Is Ending Youth Incarceration After More Than a Century of Colonization
Nonprofit Quarterly
by Aine Creedon
1w ago
Image Credit: Julian Armstrong A young Native Hawaiian farmer shows up to work every day to cultivate indigenous crops using traditional and contemporary methods to feed his island home community. The best part of going to work, he says, is the view. Each day, he farms within the embrace of the Olomana mountain peak’s undulating, lush ridge. Sitting between the farm where he works and the view that he loves is the Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility. Machijah Perez-Fonseca is one of hundreds of young people who set foot on the 500-acre property known as the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness C ..read more
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What the US’ Mass Incarceration Regime Costs Black Women
Nonprofit Quarterly
by Aine Creedon
1w ago
Editor’s note: In Stolen Wealth, Hidden Power: The Case for Reparations for Mass Incarceration (2022), sociologist Tasseli McKay offers a “cradle-to-grave accounting” of mass incarceration’s harms by tallying its social and economic costs. McKay finds that “the damages that can be reasonably estimated from current evidence total a staggering $13.19 trillion”—a figure comparable to the total value of the US’ Black-White racial wealth gap. The following excerpt focuses on the ways the carceral system harms poor and working-class women of color—especially Black women—caring for incarcerated love ..read more
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Ending Child Poverty: Lessons from a One-Year Expansion of the Child Tax Credit
Nonprofit Quarterly
by Aine Creedon
1w ago
Image Credit: Michael Mims on unsplash.com In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States engaged in an innovative policy experiment: for one year, the federal government expanded the existing child tax credit—making it available to families with little or no earnings, increasing the credit amount, and providing monthly payments instead of an annual payment at tax time. This expanded child tax credit was incredibly effective: child poverty went down by a record-breaking amount, lifting an estimated 2.9 million children out of poverty, reducing food hardship, decreasing parent financia ..read more
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Lessons from Lynn: Leveraging Savings Circles, the “Cuchubal Initiative”
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by Aine Creedon
1w ago
Image Credit: Armand Khoury on unsplash.com How can nonprofits help immigrants build community wealth? There are many answers to this question, but in Lynn, MA, our two organizations decided last year to try an experiment. Instead of creating an expensive, new staff-driven program, might it be possible, at very low cost, to expand an existing immigrant self-help mechanism—namely, the savings circle? Nonprofit and public sector programs to promote savings are common. One of the more common forms is the matched savings account, often referred to as the individual development account, or IDA. In ..read more
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