Lessons from bell hooks: How I Use My Power and Privilege to Fight Domestic Violence

In this guest post, Paul Bancroft of Tahoe SAFE Alliance weaves together bell hooks’s power and privilege theory with his own standing as a white male in the domestic violence prevention field to explore how one can make a difference as an insider and outsider in a movement.

Introducing Our Fall 2013 Next Generation Leaders of Color Program Participants

Last week, CompassPoint launched the fifth cohort of our Next Generation Leaders of Color Program. At this two-day kickoff retreat, twenty emerging leaders of color from organizations across the Bay Area took an intense, deep dive into leadership through a multicultural framework and get-to-know-each-other activities. They will convene every month for the next 10 months to learn about coaching frameworks, management practices, finance, supervision, and much more.

Click here to read all 2013 fall participant bios.

 

How well are we treating people who work for social justice?

We know that the social justice sector is not funded as well as the overall nonprofit sector. Just 14% of grant dollars go to groups addressing the root causes of economic, social, and environmental injustice. We also know that many social justice groups suffered large budget cuts due to the recession and most are still facing reduced or stagnant income trends. How are these trends affecting compensation practices in the sector? How well are we treating the people who tackle our most pressing issues of poverty, discrimination, war, and climate change?

A national report called The Wages of Peace and Justice shows that staff in social justice groups are paid significantly less than in the overall nonprofit sector. The study also reports these groups often offer more generous leave and benefits, and try to reflect social justice values in creative ways in both compensation and benefits.

Introducing Our 2013 Spring Next Generation Leaders of Color Program Participants

Last week, CompassPoint launched the fourth cohort of our Next Generation Leaders of Color Program (NGLC). At this two-day kickoff retreat, twenty emerging leaders of color from organizations across the Bay Area took an intense, deep dive into leadership through a multicultural framework and get-to-know-each-other activities. They will convene every month for the next 10 months to learn about coaching frameworks, management practices, finance, supervision, and much more.

Click here to read all 2013 spring participant bios.

Guest Blogger Kim Klein: Building Resilience into the Nonprofit Sector

“Systemic change.” I heard this phrase for years, and probably even used it, without really feeling what it meant. Of course I knew that it referred to structures that had to be dismantled or re-thought or, in some cases, built in order to address various oppressions, but there is a difference between knowing something intellectually and really knowing it in your whole entire being. Then one time I was staying with a member of the board of a grassroots organization doing work in a very poor neighborhood of a large city. She was out and I was hungry so I set off to find something to eat .

In Honor of Cesar Chavez

Every year on March 31 we honor the life of Cesar Chavez. This year, 2012, it also kicks off the 50th anniversary celebration of United Farm Workers (UFW), the organization founded by Cesar Chavez with the help of other early movement activists like Dolores Huerta. 50 years fighting for justice! CompassPoint is proud to be working with both the UFW Foundation and the Dolores Huerta Foundation through our Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color initiative to help them with their fundraising efforts during this anniversary year. CompassPoint’s Multicultural Work Group, an internal staff committee that helps to build our organization’s and staff members’ multicultural awareness, also wanted to commemorate this occasion by sharing information on how Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union have touched people’s lives throughout the last 50 years. We are happy to share some of what we’ve learned with you in CompassPoints of View.

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