The Fundraising Bright Spots Program: Offered by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services

Fundraising Bright Spots LA



What if fundraising was inspiring and energizing instead of frustrating and depleting? What could happen if you reset your expectations around raising money, building relationships, and engaging communities to move your mission forward?

Through the Fundraising Bright Spots Program, leaders from social change organizations will learn, adapt, and apply practices highlighted in our Fundraising Bright Spots report to integrate fundraising more strongly throughout their organizations systems and people skills.  


Keep an eye on this space for future program announcements.


Fundraising Bright Spots Cohort 2018

The 2018 Fundraising Bright Spots LA Cohort


Please read through the program description below before you complete the application. 

CompassPoint’s 8-month-long learning community, will support your organization's exploration, development, and implementation of a shared leadership approach to fundraising that aligns to and builds on your organizational values, strengths, and identity. 


Bright Spots

Fundraising Bright Spots

These 16 social change organizations established successful and sustainable individual fundraising efforts. 

What do their approaches have in common? 

Read Fundraising Bright Spots here. >>

Petitioning at the Capitol


Fourteen organizations (with two participating staff each) will meet over a period of 8 months as a learning community through in-person gatherings, hands-on practice that puts fundraising strategies to work, and coaching sessions to support new behaviors and perspectives. Each session will be co facilitated by the Bright Spots team providing Bright Spots learning, planning tools, and time for each pair to incorporate learning into action plans.

Along with the group learning sessions, each participating group will be provided a fundraising coach and up to 10 hours of coaching in between group sessions, on how to activate plans.

The Fundraising Bright Spots program helps each group achieve the following outcomes:


  • Clarify your organizational business model, identifying and creating shared understanding of your “primary and secondary” income strategies.
  • Achieve greater clarity around which fundraising strategies you are pursuing and why?
  • Learn peer coaching skills to motivate action and learning within fundraising.


  • Improve or implement fundraising systems by working to:
  • Institute practices and habits that support & leverage integrated systems- people communications, development.
  • Create a documented plan to distribute fundraising activities throughout the organization 
  • Create new development roles that are adopted beyond position and title.


  • Identify how fundraising lives both inside and outside the organization
  • Understand how fundraising can build power in your community, movement, and in the organization
  • Be able to shift group attitudes and beliefs about money to support a culture of giving and asking

Organizational Profile for this Program

You must be a social change organization (e.g., work in, but not limited to, one of these areas: racial justice, economic justice, environment, education, youth, arts and culture, violence prevention)
You must commit to sending the same two participants to the entire 8-month program
You have identified staff leading fundraising efforts (organization may or may not have a development director)
You have a desire to distribute fundraising across roles within the organization and build a culture that embraces fundraising across staff, board, and volunteers
You have the capacity and energy to make changes in roles, systems and practices over the eight months
You are not new to fundraising and individual giving
You are familiar with your current revenue streams and fund development activities


2018 Program dates

Orientation Webinar: 

The program will be launched on a 90-minute webinar so please save this date and time on your calendar: ​January 30, 2018, 10 am – 11:30 am

In-person Sessions: 

Location for in person sessions 
Center for Nonprofit Management So Cal
1000 No Alameda Street, Los Angeles, Suite A
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wednesday Feb 14th  (9:00 am – 5 pm)
Session 1: Getting Grounded in Bright Spots Principles and Our Cultures of Giving

Wednesday March 14th (9:00 am – 5 pm)
Session 2: Distributive Fundraising:
Leadership Roles & Skills, Building & Sharing Power.

Wednesday May 9th,  (9:00 am – 5 pm)
Session 3: Integrated Fundraising Systems: 
Weaving Communications & Development

Tuesday June 19th (9:00 am – 5 pm)
Session 4: Shifting Organizational Culture: 
The Wheel of Change and Authentic Relationships

Thursday Sept 13th (9:30 am – 4:30 pm) 
Session 5: Where Your Organization is Headed

Participation Fees

We charge a participation fee for all of our programs, which comprises 10% of the program expenses, including meals, materials, and program coordination.  90% of the cost of this program is supported by a grant from  the California Community Foundation. If accepted, your organization's participation fee will based on the annual budget you report in your online application: 

Fee A  — $500
Organizations with budgets under $999,999/year

Fee B  —  $875
Organizations with budgets between $1 million and $2.5 million/year

Fee C  — $1,250
Organizations with budgets over $2.5 million/year


Fundraising ideas in action. 

From September 2016 to April 2017, CompassPoint convened its first Fundraising Bright Spots cohort. How are participants changing their approach to fundraising? 


Keep an eye on this space for future program announcements.


Learning Community Facilitators

Steve Lew
Senior Project Director at CompassPoint

Belinda Madrid ​Teitel
Vice President of Education & Leadership Development
at the Center for Nonprofit Management

Spring Opara
Project Director at CompassPoint

Want to learn more about The Fundraising Bright Spots Program? Call Senior Project Director Steve Lew at 510.318.3730 or email him here