Posts Tagged "Finance and Sustainability"

Shannon Ellis
December 11, 2019

In this blog, we explore how CompassPoint worked to create a more equitable approach to compensation by updating our systems to reflect new values, simplifying the career framework, making the pay gap smaller, and restructuring how compensation decisions are made.

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Shannon Ellis
July 7, 2016

As a follow-up to the blog “What is a Theory of Change and How Can You Use It?” CompassPoint Project Director Shannon Ellis draws on her experience as a consultant in this strategy area to share which situations are conducive to a successful theory of change process and which aren’t.

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April 13, 2016

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.

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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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Emilry Cohen Raskin
February 13, 2015

Emily Cohen Raskin is the executive director of O2 Initiatives, where she directs the O2 Sabbatical Award program. In addition to her role with O2 Initiatives, she also serves as Senior Associate at Hirsch & Associates, an advisory firm that works with families, foundations, and corporations to maximize the impact of their philanthropy. 

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Jeanne Bell
August 26, 2014

In this excerpt from our forthcoming book, The Sustainability Mindset by Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman (coming fall 2014 from Jossey-Bass), we explore the concept of “right” revenue as a way of analyzing and deepening your understanding of the connection between financial resources and mission impact. 

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Marissa Tirona
April 15, 2014

Last September, I wrote a blog about the connection between self-care, sustainability, and impact. Among other things, I discussed how unconscious habits could hinder our self-care and offered some ideas and thoughts on creating an individual practice of self-care. In this post, I want to reflect on what collective self-care practices need to be put into place within our own organizations to support sustainability and deepen impact.   

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Kim Klein
March 21, 2013

“I would love to give to the Film Festival, but I really have to devote all my giving to my children’s public school.” This sentence, said by a long-time donor in response to a request for funding renewal from a board member at a local Film Festival, helped to start a project called “Nonprofits Talking Taxes." 


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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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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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