Get Good at Storytelling for Good
Do the "how tos" of storytelling – how to craft a good story, how to find a good topic, how to get it done – get in the way of your organizational storytelling? Storytelling for Good's Cara Jones is coming to CompassPoint (January 17, 9:30am – 12:30pm) to explain general principles and best practices for storytelling to help you demonstrate the power of your work. She'll help you make your stories shine, whether in video or print. Register today – we're signing up at least one member of our Comm Team.
Read about the moment when Cara traded in her reporter credentials to start this organization – it's a great story.
Golden Valley Health Centers Seeks New CEO
Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC), a nonprofit health center system serving Merced and Stanislaus Counties, is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization in its mission to improve the health of its patients by providing quality, primary health care services regardless of language, financial, or cultural barriers. GVHC's board is looking for an experienced, collaborative leader to develop and implement a strategy to maintain the outstanding programs that now exist at GVHC and ensure the organization is prepared to meet the new challenges presented by the Affordable Care Act. Consider this position and share it with your contacts. Read the job description and learn how to apply. We're pleased to be supporting GVHC's search for its next CEO. Learn more about CompassPoint's executive transitions services.
Embrace, Enable, and Educate: The Board's Participation in These CEO Strategies - Part 2
In Part 1 of this blog series on nonprofit governance, CompassPoint's Marla Cornelius wrote about the executive director's role in governance. This week, in Part 2, Marla discusses the board's role in this interdependent partnership. She says the board's imperatives are to embrace their fundamental duty to govern, to enthusiastically seize the opportunity for deeper partnership with the CEO, and to lead the effort to foster – and participate in – a culture of continuous learning about their governance role. Read Part 2 and understand the strategy behind these statements. Read Part 1.
Peer Coaching: How We Use It and Why We Like It
Read how we're using peer coaching circles in our different types of client work and learn how you may be able to use it within your organization to develop and support your leaders. As CompassPoint's Michelle Gislason says, "Coaching doesn't need to be a costly resource only a few people in an organization get to have. It's a skill that can live everywhere in an organization." Read the blog post.
UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising
The newly released study UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising reveals that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders. Download the full report (PDF). Learn more about the study and how to participate in the national conversation about the findings here.