Winter 2015 Program Guide
What management, leadership, and strategy programs do we have in store for you this winter? Strengthen your organization and become the leader you want to be.
Is Your Organization a Fundraising Bright Spot?
Do you know a social change organization that has built a strong individual donor program? If so, we want to know who they are. Following up on the widely discussed findings of UnderDeveloped: A National Study of the Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, we're looking for the "bright spots" – organizations that are achieving truly compelling results with individual donor fundraising and are sustaining those results over time. CompassPoint and Klein & Roth Consulting, with the support of the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, are conducting a national search for potential case studies to serve as the basis for an in-depth exploration of how some groups do achieve breakthrough results in individual giving. Do you know of a group that intentionally and very successfully grew its individual donor program and can demonstrate those results to our research team? Are you such a group? Nominate potential candidates for this national research study by emailing: email@example.com by March 27. Include the organization's name, its web address, and the email of your contact there.
Is Your Board as Inclusive as It Should Be?
More than ever, nonprofits are making an effort to be intentional about board diversity and creating inclusive practices, yet diversity data around race, ethnicity, and age continue to be flat-out appalling (see the recent report Leading with Intent for more on this). CompassPoint governance consultant and trainer Marla Cornelius analyzes this disconnect between intention and results and proposes some radical steps boards can take to close the gap. Read the blog here.
Attend these upcoming governance workshops and get your board set up for success:
- Building Successful Boards Part 2: Board Composition, Structures and Practices (April 6)
- JUST FOR BOARD MEMBERS: What's Our Role in Financial Sustainability? (April 22)
- Recruit the Board Your Organization Needs (May 14)
- Building Successful Boards Part 1: Governance, Roles and Responsibilities and Powerful Partnerships (June 23)
How to Make Your Office Move Awesome: Surveys, Models, and Checklists
Moving your organization can feel like a crisis, but it doesn't have to be that way. CompassPoint left San Francisco for Oakland in late 2012, and since then many people have reached out to us with questions and requests for advice on how to handle their relocation. In our blog this week, director of operations Sarah Gort shares tools, templates, and strategies that she used to reframe and reshape this critical point for our organization into an opportunity to create a space that reflects our culture, values, and vibrancy. Read her tips and make your next office move awesome. Read the blog here.
Support CompassPoint's Work in the Community
We're lucky to partner with remarkable leaders who are working to become the change their communities need the most. Leaders like Nicholas Hatten, who took his grief after AIDS devastated his circle of friends and transformed it to create the San Joaquin Pride Center; Cecilia Moreno, who says her favorite thing about her work at Dolores Street Community Services is "seeing people's faces change from despair to having hope"; and NaTisha Hutson who says what inspires her work in restorative justice is the responsibility to "lift as I climb." Read more about these leaders in our annual report.
With your help, we can support many more stories like these. As you make end-of-year gifts, please consider a contribution to CompassPoint so that we can continue to walk with leaders as they answer the call to be the change their communities need. Donate now.