American Fields: reflections on Nonprofit America (part 1)

Over the course of two months in America I was privileged enough to visit and chat with about 27 nonprofits across three states, all doing great work in the human services field, all with strengths and challenges, and all with a view on what it means to be a nonprofit in America today. I want …

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American Fields: Fighting for reproductive rights – “there’s camaraderie in the hell.”

As regular readers will know, I’m a trustee of the Family Planning Association (FPA), a key advocate in the fight to decriminalize abortion in the UK, including in Northern Ireland. The fight for reproductive rights is a global one, so I had a particular interest in meeting with groups campaigning for the same thing in … Continue reading American Fields: Fighting for reproductive rights – “there’s camaraderie in the hell.”

Structuring, supporting and shaping the field: nonprofit infrastructure (part 1)

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon is a membership body like a council for voluntary service back home. The kind of services it delivers will be familiar to anyone who knows their local CVS; support to build and run your organisation, space to connect with a network of other organisations, some practical back-office support (insurance, conference … Continue reading Structuring, supporting and shaping the field: nonprofit infrastructure (part 1)

American Fields: Housing Radicals

Portland Tenants United (PTU) describes itself as a ‘democratic self-organized tenants’ union’, working to ‘establish tenants’ rights, including ending no-cause evictions and establishing rent control’. It is at the grassroots end of the organisations I’ve met so far; it is entirely volunteer-run, it engages in direct action, is explicitly anti-capitalist and is dogmatically committed to … Continue reading American Fields: Housing Radicals

Hope in dark days: canvassing with NARAL Pro Choice Oregon

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a national reproductive rights organisation with 1.2 million member activists and a network of state affiliates, such as NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon. This piece looks at how activists in Oregon are fighting at state and national level to protect and extend women’s right to choose. It’s been a hard week for women’s … Continue reading Hope in dark days: canvassing with NARAL Pro Choice Oregon