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 …

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Structuring, supporting and shaping the field: nonprofit infrastructure (part 2)

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)

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)

The Local Authority: That’s all folks? A call for evidence

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