Movement Networks

Photo by Elizabeth Stilwell / CC BY-SA

Photo by Elizabeth Stilwell / CC BY-SA

Many social change strategies and solutions no longer work in today's complex and dynamic political, social, and economic environment. Our clients are increasingly looking outside the walls of their own organizations and forming networks with other leaders and organizations to build power across multiple movements.

Like traditional coalitions, movement networks may work on a short-term goal such as impacting policy or winning a campaign. But unlike a coalition, they are also focused on building relationships and power to build movements over the long term. 

Through the Network Leadership Innovation Lab - a program of dialogue, co-creation, and active learning among people in movement networks - and our consulting engagements, MAG works with leaders and organizations operating in a movement network context and directly with the backbone organization or coordinating committee of the movement network itself. 

We have supported networks working within or at the intersection of a variety of issues including: reproductive justice, immigrants' rights, criminal justice and juvenile justice, economic justice, environmental justice, racial justice and civil rights, LGBTQ equality, and democracy. Many of our clients reach across sectors working with a range of allies in the nonprofit, government, and business sectors. 

Learn more about our work supporting movement networks to create change

Recent Clients

Movement networks we have worked with include: the Coalition for Abortion Access and Reproductive Equity (CAARE)CFED and the Assets & Opportunity Network, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rightsother consulting clients and the organizations and their networks who participate in the Network Leadership Innovation Lab.  

Click here for a full client list.

Are you a membership association or federated organization? 

To support and align actors and strategies across local, state, and national boundaries, many engage in membership associations, federations or formal affiliations. These structures face unique challenges around strategy, governance, decision-making, learning, and capacity building.

Over the years, we have supported a wide range of affiliated organizations including Jobs With Justice, National Juvenile Justice Network, State Voices, InterAction, and National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. We have also created unique capacity building programs for affiliated organizations, including the National Network of Abortion Funds and the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative, as well as foundation grantees such as various ACLU state affiliates through the Ford Foundation's Peace and Social Justice Program. Read more about our work with social justice organizations like you including how we can strengthen your network of affiliates


MAG supported the CAARE network in its formation and initial structuring and helps create the conditions for its ongoing functioning.

MAG supported the CAARE network in its formation and initial structuring and helps create the conditions for its ongoing functioning.

Through MAG’s facilitation, we could look beyond our organizational interests to find some commonality that brought us to the greater good.
— Debra Hauser, Advocates for Youth