Measuring the unmeasurable

Measuring the unmeasurable:  A tool to assess the progress of social movements   Chris Allan, Naomi Foxwood, David Gordon February 22, 2022 The suffragette movement.  The anti-apartheid movement. Indian independence. The U.S. civil rights movement.  Powerful social movements have changed the arc of human history, seeking justice and achieving social change. But social movements are… Continue reading Measuring the unmeasurable

Movement Magic? How Movements Mobilize Material Resources

Social movements have few resources, and nearly no cash, yet many thrive and often succeed in achieving their goals. How do they mobilize resources to achieve their objectives? What sort of strategies do they use to generate material resources needed in their campaigns? Scott DuPree and I talked to three social movements in Northwest Mexico… Continue reading Movement Magic? How Movements Mobilize Material Resources

Our new publication in the Stanford Social Innovation Review Crackdown on Environmentalists

Stanford Social Innovation Review has just published our blog, Crackdown on Environmental Action: How Funders Can Respond. In the face of increasing restrictions from legal barriers to murder, environmental and conservation funders are finding new ways to support civil society organizations. The blog draws on our recent briefing on the issue for environmental funders, Closing… Continue reading Our new publication in the Stanford Social Innovation Review Crackdown on Environmentalists

Partnership and Grantmaking

The lines between “donors” and “grantees” in the NGO world have become blurred in recent years. Partnership often involves money, and money always affects relationships. For most international networks, Southern partners are limited in capacity by the lack of access to funding that Northern partners have. Many networks try to balance this asymmetry by channeling… Continue reading Partnership and Grantmaking

Resilient funders

It’s no secret it’s getting harder and harder for civil society organizations around the world to function, and for funders to support them. Dozens of countries are increasing restrictions on what civil society organizations can do, and from where they can get money. Funders and NGOs are pushing back, usually through public policy advocacy. But… Continue reading Resilient funders