The Joy of Connection
May 31, 2022

In service of our commitment to practice liberation inside and out, and in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we want to share how a few of our Asian staff members at CompassPoint have benefited from convening as a racial affinity space (or as they were called back in 2016 when they were first established at our organization, racial caucuses), in hopes that more social justice organizations can devote time, space, and resources to provide such spaces for their own staff.

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Buffalo and the Rising Tide of White Supremacy
May 25, 2022

We shouldn’t have to live and grieve like this, but here we are again. Here we are all too often, our heads in our hands, mourning the loss of lives cut short by a racist killer and witnessing a community rocked to its core. What we saw in Buffalo was a clear and direct attack on Black people. Every person who had their life violently taken away from them on May 15, 2022 was Black; the target of a white man carrying out a white supremacist agenda.

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April 28, 2022

Working in organizations and teams means we’ll inevitably have challenging moments where we have to navigate conflict together. Many of us are well versed in naming what parts of conflict we’re “bad” at , but what’s possible when we start from a place of naming our gifts and wisdom instead?

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Tags: Leadership
CompassPoint team members spring opara and Simone Thelemaque in captured mid-conversation, with a background of colorful flower behind them
March 9, 2022

When we manage our time and energy solely through the capitalist value of “productivity over people”, we often are unable to tend to our whole selves and practice the self-care habits that may sustain us for the long haul. We're inviting you into a deeper conversation and practice to reclaim time and manage energy.

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August 24, 2021

"Grappling with feedback as a practice and a process is hard, messy work that requires humility, vulnerability, and honesty. And I believe it is the kind of work that is worth every ounce of effort we put into it." 

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From left to right, an image of Liz Derias and Shannon Ellis. Liz is a Black woman, smiling at the camera with black curly hair. Shannon is white and blonde woman, also smiling
July 28, 2021

It’s been a few months since we shared an update about executive leadership transitions at CompassPoint, and now, we’re excited to share that Liz Derias and Shannon Ellis are formally CompassPoint’s Co-Executive Directors! 

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Five powerful, closed fists rising up from the ground into the sky.
July 16, 2021

How do you know it's time to re-energize and rethink your approach to fundraising? We're inviting fundraisers, leaders, organizers, and volunteers (new and seasoned alike) to imagine their roles more expansively and embrace approaches to mobilizing resources that build and amplify community power.

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An exterior shot of 500 12th Street scene from the middle of 12 Street City Center. It is a beige building, with arch-shaped windows that reflect the sun. On the right, a yellow, orange and, purple abstract sculpture reaches up to the blue sky.
June 14, 2021

Although we’re leaving our physical space for now, we remain deeply committed to returning to in-person learning and will continue to be rooted in the Bay Area. We fully intend to have a new home base for folks to gather and learn together. Read our full message to our community. 

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Grandmother oak tree, over 70 years old, fills the whole frame, branches silhouetted against the sun  stretched out
May 26, 2021

We're often thrown into the role of facilitator without a lot of support. What do you do when things get hard? Here's how slowing down, synthesizing, and shifting can help you and your group get regrounded. 

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5 hands (made out of small cut out paper) in different shades of skin color: from dark to light hold up five fingers each. The four hands on either side of the frame have a budding leaf in their palms. The hand at the center has a heart in its palm.
May 17, 2021

We're bringing two money-and resource-related trainings your way this summer: one focused on finance and another focused on fundraising! We're excited to bring content about managing money and resources back as a core part of our offerings, with revamped content and news ways to explore the crucial work of resourcing our missions. As we prepare to bring these trainings back online, we're asking: What's so powerful about democratizing knowledge, access, and understanding about money and resources across our organizations?

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