Peer Networks

“I think what I’ve most valued is the connection to the real people, the other finance professionals in the field and throughout the Bay Area doing the work – there’s nowhere else that I can get that. FPN absolutely has connected me to others for support. It has been a terrific resource to me.”– Jolie Bou, Director of Finance, Samaritan House

The Finance Professionals Network (FPN) is convened by CompassPoint’s CEO, Jeanne Bell, and the Human Resources Network (HRN) is convened by Director of Operations, Sarah Gort. The two networks blend rich in-person learning with real-time problem solving via extremely active private list serves. Instantly grow your network and your access to smart, committed nonprofit peers and experts. Benefits of the networks include the following:

  • 300+ active members providing invaluable peer support to one another on a daily basis via a members-only, moderated list serve that enables peer exchange about on-the-job questions, referrals, and advice.  Recent forum topics include: Giving staff non-monetary bonuses policies and legal issues; Pros/Cons of online accounting systems; Advice on implementing flexible schedule policy. 
  • Six in-person topical presentations with breakfast included (members of both networks invited to all of them):

    February 5, April 8, June 9, August 6, September 9, November 3, 2015
    8:30am - 10:30am

    Topics TBA

  • Four webinars members can participate from their desks and listen to recordings after the fact:

    March 10, May 6, October 7, December 10, 2015
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Topics TBA. Members can participate from their desks and listen to recordings after the fact.

  • A 20% discount for all staff and board members of member organizations for all CompassPoint workshops, forums, and conferences during the year.

More than 300 Bay Area professionals are part of these long-standing networks. They provide affordable, relevant professional development; meaningful connection to nonprofit peers; and discounted access to CompassPoint programming. Discussion topics are driven by the Network members. During the registration process you will be asked for your feedback on meeting topics.


Register for the 2015 Networks here:

Finance Professionals Network (FPN) - $225 annual membership fee
Up to 2 people on the FPN listserve + all in-person presentations and webinars.

  • For experienced CFOs, finance directors, and finance consultants to nonprofits

Bay Area Nonprofit HR Network (HRN) - $225 annual membership fee
Up to 2 people on the HRN listserve + all in-person presentations and webinars.

  • For nonprofit managers of human resources

Combined Membership (Discounted) - $350 annual membership fee
 Up to 2 people from same organization on each listerve + all network benefits.


Community Leadership Project: Nonprofit Strategy Clinic

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Online Access Area for Initiative-based Peer Networks

Participants in select CompassPoint leadership and capacity-building initiatives can join peer discussions and access and share program materials through special online community areas for their cohort.

  • Blue Shield of California Strong Field Project – participant login.
  • Coaching Nonprofits Online Community – participant login.

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