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January 15, 2016

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.
 

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Emilry Cohen Raskin
November 20, 2015

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.
 

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Lupe Poblano
November 5, 2015

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.
 

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Amy Benson
October 19, 2015

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.
 

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Amy Benson
August 28, 2015

In this blog, CompassPoint staffer Amy Benson shares a personal story on the power of conflict resolution and pays tribute to the mediator whose expertise led her to pursue teaching interpersonal communications and conflict resolution.
 

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Cristina Chan
August 11, 2015

In this blog, we present five strategies CompassPoint has adopted to shift our organizational approach to hiring and help us better reach the applicants we seek. They're strategies focused not on fanning out to more job sites and more contacts, but, rather, focusing inward and honing our outreach, communications, and internal processes to ensure we're reaching the right people with the right information.
 

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AshaMehta
August 7, 2015

In our blog this week, CompassPoint's newest staff member, Asha Mehta, shares how positive or negative feelings about a task influenced her perception of the time she allocated to it. It was a wakeup call to understanding how something as mundane as time tracking could serve as a powerful mirror of our own values and judgments – and a starting place for personal understanding and transformation. Welcome, Asha!
 

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July 30, 2015

Our office has been buzzing over the last few weeks with recommendations for great reads, which lets us know it’s time to share some new reading recommendations with you. Here’s another helping of our Summer Reading Guide, a peek into the authors and ideas that have entertained and inspired the CompassPoint staff and might do the same for you.
 

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June 23, 2015

Like you, we've been watching with anger, fear, frustration, and deep sadness at the events that unfolded in Charleston this past week. In a year where the trauma of violence against black lives and bodies has been acutely present in our communities, this act of racist terrorism cuts deeply into fresh wounds. Where do we go from here and how do we come together to take on the systems of racism and oppression that lay the groundwork for this kind of violence? 
 

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Hez Norton
June 17, 2015

Third Sector New England's newly released report Leadership New England: Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector, based on responses from more than 1,200 executive directors and board members from the six New England states, issues a wake-up call for the sector—and for funders. Based on the methodology developed by CompassPoint in the Daring to Lead surveys over the past decade, the study assesses the unique challenges nonprofits in the region are facing.
 

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