About Us


CompassPoint Group Picture 2023

CompassPoint helps leaders, nonprofit organizations, and movements
committed to social justice
realize their full power. 

We are a 50-year-old nonprofit leadership development practice based in Oakland, CA. We believe that nonprofits are powerful vehicles for positive social change and that creating a world free of oppression means practicing liberation inside and out.

Our communities demand and deserve an approach to leadership development that centers liberation. 

Drawing on popular education principles, we create participatory, democratic learning spaces for leaders to learn new skills, build community, connect with resources, and examine how their leadership can better embody values of social justice.

We strive to bring BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voices and experiences from the margin to the center.

What we teach and how we teach lives at the intersection of the technical and transformational: meeting the everyday, practical needs of nonprofit leaders while deepening their understanding of how their approach to leadership can help dismantle oppression inside and outside their organizations.

Our Current Body of Work

We offer leadership trainings that cover a wide range of topics relevant to leadership in the nonprofit and social justice space, including supervision, fundraising, coaching skills, time management, and conflict resolution.

Our peer networks connect hundreds of human resources and finance leaders so they can exchange questions, advice, challenges, and wisdom as a form of mutual support. These leaders are building peer power and exploring how to interrupt and dismantle oppressive practices instead of building on inequities of the past. 

We also design and deliver cohort programs to work at depth with different groups of leaders. Our current slate of cohort leadership programs includes Self-Care for Black Women in Leadership (a cohort program for Black women in leadership that centers self-care as a necessary, radical, and political act), the HIVE Leadership Development Program (a leadership program for reproductive justice leaders in Louisiana), and the B.L.A.C.K. Equity Intensive (a team-based cohort program for Black leaders, that focuses on Pro-Blackness (the brilliance, gifts, ideas, and wisdom of Black leaders) so that they can come together to plant the seeds for organizational structures and cultures that support them).

Our Vision and Values

We strive to keep our values of racial justice, solidarity, radical imagination, place + community, accountability, learning + rigor, collaboration, and humor + joy at the center of everything we do. 

Explore our Vision and Values here. > 


Questions about partnering with us?

Contact us at info@compasspoint.org.




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Governance Documents

CompassPoint is pleased to share our Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and key governance documents below. We are grateful for the extensive pro bono advice and counsel with regard to those documents provided by Tom Silk of Silk Nonprofit Law.

We invite you to download and adapt any and all of these documents for your own use. Please note that these materials are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. You should not rely upon this information for any purpose without seeking the advice of an attorney in your state taking into account applicable state and local laws as well as the facts of your specific situation. CompassPoint thus expressly disclaims all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all the contents of the documents posted on this website.

IRS Form 990

Audited Financial Statements