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 …
Neighborhood House Seattle was founded as a Settlement House in 1906 by the National Council of Jewish Women, following in the tradition of the Settlement movement, pioneered by Canon Samuel Barnett’s Toynbee Hall in London and Jane Addams’ Hall House in Chicago (among many others – Settlement bingo is a fun [caveat] game to play). … Continue reading American Fields: the neighborhood approach
This is the second in my U.S. nonprofit infrastructure tour – you can find my interview with Jim White from the Nonprofit Association of Oregon a few posts back. I met with David Streeter, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for Washington Nonprofits back in October, who gave me a great introduction to the work … Continue reading Structuring, supporting and shaping the field: nonprofit infrastructure (part 2)
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)
I am 30 years old at the end of September. I’d like to ask all of you for a birthday present: please help me raise £300 for FPA (the Family Planning Association). Here’s why. For over half my life I have been a volunteer. A lot of my volunteering life has been in sexual health. … Continue reading Help me celebrate my 30th birthday by celebrating the amazing FPA!
This is one of the most common messages I hear when I’m out and about from local infrastructure organisations (LIOs), such as Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS): We’ve lost funding from the local authority already. We’re expecting to lose a lot more. Here’s why: This is the so-called local government Graph of Doom (a term … Continue reading The Local Authority: That’s all folks? A call for evidence