Marla Cornelius
January 22, 2013

This became a refrain while in the midst of analyzing the data for our newly released report: UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising (a joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund). But this is not a report about recruiting and retaining development staff. At least not entirely. This is about a much deeper problem, what we describe as a vicious cycle that many organizations are caught in. 

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Marissa Tirona
December 9, 2012

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend Building Movement 2012 (#buildingmovement), a two-day convening put on by Move to End Violence (MEV), a program of the NoVo Foundation.  Every two years, MEV selects a group of individuals – Movement Makers – to participate in an intensive experience to grow their leadership and collaboration and develop bold strategies.

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Amy Benson
November 14, 2012

Vulnerability – eek!  I know I try to hide mine.

If I’m hurt that a friend cancels on me at the last minute, I might smile and say, “Oh, it’s no big deal, I have a lot of other things I need to do tonight too.”  If I’m worried that a colleague may not deliver the materials I need on time, I may send an email saying, “You MUST submit your materials by noon on Friday.” Whether I’m hiding my hurt feelings or my inability to control other people’s actions, I’m doing it to protect myself. 

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Anne Ryan
October 11, 2012

In our second case study about 501c3s and election engagement, CompassPoint interviewed Le Tim Ly, Program Director at Chinese Progressive Association (CPA). Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other communities and ensure we can all have better living and working conditions. This year, they are working with a community coalition to pass Proposition 30: the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act.

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October 9, 2012

In co-designing our joint conference, Generations of Change: A Multigenerational Leadership Conference, YNPN and CompassPoint were committed to moving the generational differences conversation forward to how the generations can and are working together for progressive social change. One of our panelists was especially provocative on the topic.

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October 2, 2012

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and CompassPoint share a deep commitment to nurturing a powerful and diverse leadership pipeline for the nonprofit sector. In our own ways, we have helped to shape the dialogue about who "next generation" leaders are; about what it takes to develop and sustain leaders in social equity work especially; and about what healthy leadership transitions entail as veteran leaders move from executive director seats into other sector leadership capacities.

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JR Yeager
September 18, 2012

Just last month I had the opportunity to travel back to 2002. While I was there, not only did I find myself 15 pounds lighter and my hairline fuller, I also met a board member who had never heard of interim executive directors!  “Why would we want to hire an interim ED?” he asked. “We’d just have to train two new people instead of one. Let’s just get the new person in here as soon as possible and not waste any time!”

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September 13, 2012

CompassPoint is publicly endorsing California Proposition 30: The Schools and Local Public Safety Act. We believe this initiative is vital to the health and sustainability of nonprofits in California. If Prop 30 fails, funding for elementary, high school and college education; programs that maintain public health and safety; and programs that support California’s more vulnerable populations, including children and the developmentally disabled, will be slashed by $6 billion.

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Michelle Gislason
August 22, 2012

Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee nation, has often shared her story of the buffalo on the Great Plains of the Midwest.  When a storm comes to the plains, cattle turn and run away from it.

The buffalo, however, turn to face the storm and run directly toward it.

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Annie Leonard
July 10, 2012

CompassPoint is pleased to share Annie Leonard's recent post from The Story of Stuff Project’s blog, in which she talks about the need to set our collective "GPS correctly – toward an economy that supports safe products, a healthy planet and happy people." View the original post here.

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