"As we learned and challenged each other, and ourselves, we became better leaders -- leaders who are not only dedicated to creating positive change in our community, but leaders who are also equipped with the skills needed to do it effectively." 
-  Lupe Poblano and Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, NGLC program alumni

"It is strategic to support…CompassPoint…because they have the knowledge, skills and track record in developing leadership and building the capacity of nonprofits, particularly in communities of color."
– Sandra Martínez, The California Wellness Foundation


Our cohort leadership development programs are unique in that they each combine transformative leadership development with essential management skills-building. The result is a powerful mix of clarity and commitment to your personal leadership path in the sector and a toolbox of relevant management skills to apply at your current and future organizations.

Our programs use a range of modalities – teaching, consulting, coaching, and peer learning – and an approach that integrates management skill building, leadership development, and a multicultural framework. By cultivating more effective leaders and organizations through these holistic program methods, we, in turn, contribute to creating a more powerful nonprofit sector and community advocates who are better prepared and able to advance a fair, just, and healthy society.


Byron Johnson                       Steve Lew
FACC Project Co-Lead           FACC Project Lead

Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color

Created in 2004 by CompassPoint and the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), the Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color (FACC) is an intensive training and coaching program specifically for fundraising staff, board members, and other volunteers within nonprofits based in communities of color. The FACC draws upon the expertise of seasoned fundraising professionals of color and provides a framework for learning and skills development that includes interactive training, coaching, and peer learning. Read more.


Marla Cornelius                     Lupe Poblano
NGLC Project Co-Lead           NGLC Project Lead

Next Generation Leaders of Color (NGLC) Leadership Development Program

The Next Generation Leaders of Color program uses a multicultural leadership framework to guide managers of color in Bay Area health and human service organizations to master the ability to supervise, develop, inspire, and influence people - and with special emphasis on financial strategy. Read more.



Michelle Gislason
Strong Field Project Lead

The Strong Field Project Leadership Development Program

The Strong Field Project, launched in 2010, is a four-year effort aimed at building a strong, coordinated network of domestic violence service providers in California. The Project will develop individual leadership skills, stronger organizations, and expanded networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities to strengthen the entire field. Read more.





The Arc Toward Justice Leadership and Solidarity Program

The Arc Toward Justice Leadership and Solidarity Program, a new initiative of the Akonadi Foundation, supports leaders working toward a racially just society for youth of color in Oakland. Over the next year, this group of leaders will explore leadership frameworks, learn about strength-based leadership, dive into coaching, and engage with themes of self-care and sustainability. Read more


Leadership Development Program for Managers and Executives Serving Transition-Age Youth

Now in its eigth year, the Leadership Development Program for Managers and Executives Serving Transition-Age Youth was developed by CompassPoint with funding from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) to address the changing needs of leadership professionals serving transition-age youth. Read more.


Nonprofit Strategy Clinic

The Nonprofit Strategy Clinic supports a cohort of nonprofit leaders working in the Central Valley as they guide their organizations through a thoughtful strategic planning process. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Hewlett, Irvine, and Packard foundations. Read more.




Show Me the Money- Nonprofits Talking Taxes

The Building Movement Project and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services have developed the project, “Talking About Taxes,” to inspire and activate staff of nonprofits to become engaged in the reform efforts to overhaul California’s tax and budget structure. We believe an important first step is for everyone who works for any nonprofit to understand California’s tax and budget structure and the various reforms that are being proposed to fix it. Helping people form their opinions about public funding and taxes and increasing civic engagement is one of the first steps of taking action. Read more.

Coaching and Philanthropy Project

The Coaching and Philanthropy Project was created to help nonprofits and funders become conscious consumers of coaching as a means for leadership development and organizational effectiveness, and to develop the coaching profession to support the needs of nonprofit organizations. Read more

Executive Transitions Initiative

Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation with local funding and nonprofit partners, this initiative has two components: 1) bringing CompassPoint's services to nonprofit grantees of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and 2) replicating CompassPoint's Executive Transitions programs in local communities. Read more.

San Francisco Mayor's Office of Community Investment

This long-running initiative provides training and capacity-building support to nonprofit organization grantees of the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Community Investment. Read more.

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