CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
CompassPoint works shoulder to shoulder with leaders, nonprofit organizations, and movement networks as we build a more equitable world together. We are a national nonprofit leadership practice based in Oakland, California, that nurtures technical skills while creating space, time, and community for leaders to explore emotional dimensions of leadership and examine critical issues of race, power, and privilege. We believe that nonprofits are powerful vehicles for positive social change and that creating a world free of oppression means practicing liberation inside and out.
We recognize that our communities demand and deserve an approach to leadership development that centers liberation: one that nurtures people and relationships, lives at the crossroads of our urgent day-to-day needs and a visionary narrative of the future, and one that understands how our different struggles are bound up together.
For us, embodying equity means walking our talk more fully, both internally and in the communities around us, and practicing the work of liberation inside and out. It means bringing the wealth of our 40+ year history more directly and intentionally into a tradition of resistance, joining forces with kindred spirits to turn the tide toward humanity and justice.
Organizational Equity Leadership Development Program1
The Organizational Equity Leadership Development Program will create a connected learning community among people who are working to dismantle white supremacy in their organizations. We will draw upon the liberatory design process as a way of activating ongoing and accountable change in organizations as they grow practices, structures, and ways of being that support equity and liberation. With the CompassPoint facilitation team as active co-learners with the group, we will offer inspiration, support, and practical tools to guide small teams in seeding new possibilities for equitable structures and practices in their organizations.
Key format/activities for grantee engagement:
- Preprogram selection and tailored organizational support (supporting participants in assessing organizational and individual readiness for the program, choosing what might be their area of focus for the program, who should be on the participating team, etc.)
- Three in-person gatherings (two-day opening gathering, one-day midpoint gathering, one-day closing)
- Four virtual peer learning sessions throughout the program (three pairings of two organizations each)
- Five sessions of individual leadership coaching for each participant
Participants: Three per organization
1 CompassPoint is in the process of renaming this service.
Grantee Readiness Markers
- Organizational Commitment: Organizations have a named and resourced commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and are actively developing new ways of working to incorporate more equitable practices. This program is most effective for organizations that have existing momentum around their race equity initiatives.
- Personal Commitments: Program participants have a personal commitment to equity and intersectional justice and are willing to explore how systems of oppression and dominant culture have influenced their experiences with organizations.
Expected Grantee Outcomes
- Teams will deepen their commitment and expand their capacity to develop and implement equitable structures and practices in their organizations.
- Participants will begin to identify indicators of equitable change at the individual, interpersonal, and/or institutional levels.
- Participants will develop a sustainable learning community that supports their ongoing work toward more equitable organizations, counteracting the experience of isolation and fragmentation that can often hinder meaningful change toward equity and liberation.
Grantee Participation Requirements
This program requires a commitment from a consistent team of three participants per organization that represent diverse perspectives and sources of power in the organization. Each participant will be expected to attend all three in-person gatherings, four virtual learning sessions, and five sessions of individual coaching. For successful engagement in the program, these teams will also need to dedicate time in between formal sessions to implement learnings from the program.
Service Dates and Locations
The program will begin in late spring of 2018, with the initial months focused on cohort selection and supporting organizational teams as they prepare to participate, as specified above.
- September 2019 – Opening Gathering in Oakland
- October-December 2019 – 2 Virtual Peer Group Sessions (scheduled after program launch)
- January 2020 – Gathering #2, location TBD
- February-April 2020 – 2 Virtual Peer Group Sessions (scheduled after program launch)
- May 2020 – Closing Gathering, location TBD
The specific locations for the second and third in-person gatherings will be determined after the cohort is selected, taking into account the geographic locations and requests of the cohort participants in an effort to distribute the travel burden equitably. All selected locations will be near a major airport hub.