CompassPoint Nonprofit Services: Organizational Equity Leadership Development Program
CompassPoint intensifies the impact of fellow nonprofit leaders, organizations, and networks as we achieve social equity together. We are a national nonprofit leadership and strategy practice based in Oakland, CA. For over 40 years, we have strengthened nonprofit leadership and supported organizations and movement networks to adapt and operate strategically. We work best with leaders and organizations who see their work in a social justice context and have a commitment to continuous reflection and adaptation. For more information, visit www.compasspoint.org.
The fight for social justice can be held back by internal, interpersonal, and institutional oppression that we recreate in our own organizations. Because of this, we have increasingly been working with organizations looking to embed equity into their internal work and structures. This work has taken organizations beyond “multiculturalism,” “diversity,” and “inclusion” and towards personal liberation and organizational transformation. We have seen this liberation and transformation occur particularly when organizations are developing and cultivating their own talent. Over 12 months, through three in-person sessions, peer learning models, and one-one-one coaching opportunities, the Organizational Equity Leadership Development Program will help 15-18 leaders across six organizations deepen their own capacity to embed internal equitable talent/leadership development in their organizations by defining their own goals, challenges, pathways, and areas of focus. Instead of playing the role of expert, CompassPoint will build a sustainable learning community through peer learning, problem solving, and collective meaning-making opportunities. The Organizational Equity Leadership Development Program will partner with organizations to think about equitable talent/leadership development on three interdependent levels:
- Internal (focusing on surfacing our own personal apprehensions, misgivings, fears, anxieties, assumptions, unconscious beliefs and concerns, as well as our strengths)
- Interpersonal (normalizing difficult conversations, skills needed to influence change, and an examination of how people in the organization truly see each other)
- Institutional (Systems change: policies, practices, structures and organizational culture)
- Organizational Need: Seeking to foster a more inclusive and equitable organizational culture and leadership development structure.
- Equity Commitment:
- Organizations have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and are open to new ways of working to incorporate more equitable practices.
- Program participants have a personal commitment to equity and intersectional justice and be willing to explore their values and beliefs through one-on-one coaching.
- Personnel Commitment:.
- At least two (but no more than three) participants per organization.
- Executive Director and another influential organizational leader must attend each in-person session and peer-learning module.
- Time Commitment: 12-month cohort program
- Three in-person sessions: an intensive two-day kickoff retreat, a one-day midpoint session, and a one-day closing session.
- In months without in-person sessions, a two-hour video conference for peer coaching and problem solving.
- At least five hours of individual coaching throughout 12 months.
- Financial Commitment: Costs associated with travel to attend in-person sessions (locations to be determined). Kresge does not want travel costs to exclude any organization from participating, and some travel scholarships will likely be available. Please indicate anticipated need in the SurveyMonkey application for services.