The Fundraising Bright Spots Program

Bright Spots Cohort II Resized


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.

Mujeres Unidas
Image courtesy of Mujeres Unidas y Activas, one of the organizations that participated in the research for our Bright Spots report. 


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. >>


Twelve organizations (with two participating staff each) will meet over a period of seven 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 five 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.


  • 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: ​ August, 9 2018, 11 am – 12:30 pm

In-person Sessions: 

Location for in person sessions 
CompassPoint Training Room
Oakland, CA 

September 27 (9:00 am – 5 pm)
Session 1: Getting Grounded in Bright Spots Principles and Our Cultures of Giving

October 11 (9:00 am – 5 pm)
Session 2: Distributive Fundraising:
Leadership Roles & Skills, Building & Sharing Power.

November 1 (9:00 am – 5 pm)
Session 3: Integrated Fundraising Systems: 
Weaving Communications & Development

January 10 (9:00 am – 5 pm)
Session 4: Shifting Organizational Culture: 
The Wheel of Change and Authentic Relationships

February 28 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) 
Session 5: Where Your Organization is Headed

Participation Fees

Fee A  — $1,200
Organizations with budgets under $999,999/year

Fee B  —  $1,900
Organizations with budgets between $1 million and $4 million/year

Fee C  — $2,600
Organizations with budgets over $4 million/year


Berty Arreguin

Nelson Layag

Steve Lew

Emily Smizer

Want to learn more about The Fundraising Bright Spots Program? Call Nelson Layag at 510.318.3733 or email him here