In this twist on the old adage, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Marla Cornelius urges us to reframe how we label tasks. Rather than a task being something you either do or don’t want to do, she recommends looking at every task as inherently valuable in its own way.Read More
We're pleased to share with you this incomplete(!) round up of racial justice resources curated by CompassPoint staff members Amy Benson, Michelle Gislason, Maro Guevara, sujin lee, and Asha Mehta. We hope you find this list useful, invite you to add your favorite resources, and share it widely with your networks .
We need to break away from the traditional, Westernized story of the heroic leader toward a more expansive, sustainable, and community-oriented leadership approach. This is the premise of this piece by Senior Project Director Michelle Gislason, which takes readers on a journey starting with thoughts on our current political landscape and ending with how we can create change in our communities—with stops along the way to consider adaptive leadership, outdated power paradigms, and nonprofit leadership. Enjoy the ride!
In this guest blog, Emily Austin, Director of Advocacy Services at CALCASA, shares her perspectives on attending a staff retreat focused on a strengths-based leadership approach and how it can be used within her organization.
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.