Have you ever wondered what a theory of change really is, but been afraid to ask? Well, wonder no more. In this blog, CompassPoint's Shannon Ellis provides a thorough rundown of what you need to know about this strategy tool and how it can be used in your organization.
What will it take to reset entrenched and ineffective development practices towards a fresher mindset and more effective approach? Our blog this week introduces Fundraising Bright Spots, CompassPoint and Klein & Roth Consulting's just-released report that delves into the experiences and approaches of 16 organizations of various size and type that have established successful and sustainable individual fundraising efforts. What can we learn from these organizations? Read on.
In this blog, we share our thinking behind our recent organizational shift to Holacracy, a new organizational operating system that features distributed decision-making and greater role clarity and accountability—and that we feel will help us more fully live out our Theory of Change.
In this blog, CompassPoint board expert Marla Cornelius shares 10 practical and practicable tips to elevate the impact of board chairs to better serve their organizations. Guaranteed you'll find at least one, if not a few, helpful pointers for your board.
In this post, we explore some of the ways in which we’ve seen coaching used as a powerful tool for fundraising leaders, especially development staff of color who are striving to build donor giving programs. Using fundraising coaching and peer coaching groups together can be a powerful resource for development staff as they think about reshaping their approach, breaking old habits, and starting new development practices.
In this guest blog, Emily Cohen Raskin, Executive Director of O2 Initiatives, shares lessons learned about the benefits of a sabbatical from last year's O2 Sabbatical Award recipients. CompassPoint is pleased to be providing coaching support on this initiative.
What can you do when diversity efforts fall short within your organization? In this fiery opinion piece, CompassPoint Project Director Lupe Poblano challenges readers—white and people of color—to confront white dominant culture within your nonprofit as the best way to move your organization toward equity. Lupe also provides practical, real suggestions on steps you can take to initiate change.
In this blog, Amy Benson talks about the importance of good instructional design in adult learning. As a project coordinator and trainer in CompassPoint's workshops program (and as someone who just learned to ride a bike after multiple attempts over the last thirty years), it's something she knows a lot about.