Sustainability Cohort In early 2016, United Way of the Bay Area (UWBA) and CompassPoint created the SparkPoint Sustainability Cohort with the goal of creating long-term sustainability plans for all individual SparkPoint Centers, as well as for the SparkPoint Regional Initiative. SparkPoint at Skyline College is proud to have been selected to join that cohort and contribute to this effort.

The first cohort meeting on August 10 proved to be a great orientation to the planning process which consists of 3 additional intensive, full-day working meetings with a number. During these meetings each SparkPoint Center will have the opportunity to assess current organizational structures, engage in peer learning to explore successful sustainability strategies, identify an optimal model, then build and implement sustainability plans at their respective centers.  Representatives from the various SparkPoint Centers will also be joined by community leaders, current and potential funders, as well as high ranking UWBA officials.  SparkPoint at Skyline College is looking forward to completing  the program with anticipated outcomes of aligning sustainability plans with other regional SparkPoint Centers as well as continuing the provision of support services to our students and community members.

CompassPoint is a national, nonprofit leadership and strategy practice headquartered in Oakland, CA, whose mission is to intensify the impact of fellow nonprofit leaders, organizations, and networks to achieve social equity together. For more information regarding the SparkPoint Sustainability Cohort Program, please contact Interim Director of SparkPoint and Career Services at Skyline College, Chad Thompson:

Article by Melanie Espinueva+Aure | Photo by Chad Thompson