Fulfilling Organizational Promise
through Leadership Development
1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence
After the murder of her twin sons in 2000, Lorrain Taylor found comfort in CoPE (Circle of Prayer + Empowerment), a grief support group she started for survivors of those lost to homicide. As a legacy to her sons and to others in the community, Lorrain vowed to build a comprehensive multi-service program to alleviate the detrimental impact of violence in the Bay Area through direct,practical, and compassionate outreach services to victim-survivor families.
From this promise, 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence
(www.1000mothers.com) emerged. With her positive energy and nurturing guidance, leadership comes naturally to Lorrain. But the formal tools and training to advance her goals as a nonprofit leader
have been harder to come by. “I needed to provide more
practical services. I needed to know what I was doing to be
an effective leader.” A colleague recommended CompassPoint
and Lorrain immediately followed up, reading about the
Management 101 course, which was starting the next day.
“I knew I had to attend, so I showed up for the class
without being registered—and I had no money.” Staff
worked out a plan where Lorrain could volunteer her time
in exchange for attendance. The effort was worth it.
“Management 101 was the most effective class I’ve
ever taken,” says Lorrain. “This course ‘brings it all home’ for managers. I could see what it means to manage a nonprofit organization. I also learned that Management 101 was the main piece of CompassPoint and San Jose State’s Nonprofit Certificate Program. I knew I had to do this, too. I completed the certificate program in six months. It was at first a little intimidating because I was with leaders who were more experienced, but the instructors made me
comfortable. There were no judgments. I ended up learning so much from the others. It was an awesome experience.” CompassPoint trainers and consultants also know how to guide and support
clients to apply new skills. When confronted with writing her first grant proposal, Lorrain turned to Byron Johnson, one of her certificate program instructors. “I asked Byron to do it and he said he couldn’t. I asked, ‘Then what do I do?’ ” She laughingly recalls his response: “‘Remember, do your budget first.’ Now I thank Byron for not
bailing me out. I didn’t get the grant not because it wasn’t a competitive proposal, but because I didn’t have experience managing a government grant. That gave me confidence. CompassPoint provided all the tools I needed to write a successful grant proposal.
It was so rewarding to do it myself.” The results of Lorrain’s professional growth and learning are evident in her organization. “We can offer mothers aftercare, help with vigils, convene evenings of healing, and honor a survivor of the year.” And like every great leader, Lorrain is looking ahead. “Five years from now, I want a camp in place for children survivors. I want to hold retreats to get kids and parents away together. I want our own office space, more staff, and more
programs. No matter what, CompassPoint will always be a part of my testimony. I knew my purpose, but with CompassPoint now I know how to get there. I’m going to keep coming.” We are deeply grateful to our investors:
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