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Navigating Philanthropy Through Community: Compass Community Story Part 2

When you pick up a compass, you’re likely seeking direction; a new or better path to get you to your destination. This was the inspiration behind the name of Foundant’s online community.

One year ago, the world changed. Our previously set courses were altered and, in some cases, no longer made sense at all. As a tech company serving the philanthropic community, Foundant has always recognized our responsibility in elevating and supporting this sector. When Covid hit and the world shut down, our team responded by changing course and launching our online community, Compass, much earlier than planned. 

We recognized that providing a convenient space for year-round collaboration and networking was the right thing to do. After all, community through the philanthropic sector is what our company was built on and it was time to give back to that community with one of our own.

It’s inspiring to see the more than 2,500 members, 1,000+ discussions, and 2,000+ comments that make up this growing and continually evolving community (these numbers were current at the time of publication in early 2021, and they continue to grow!).

It is clear by the interactions in Compass so far that our community members enjoy sharing examples, procedures, and product tips. There are some excellent discussions around specific scenarios your organizations are addressing, including what has worked and what hasn’t. The average response time to questions and discussions is less than 24 are eager to help one another and guide each other to new and better solutions! It’s inspiring to witness.

Compass is an inclusive community for anyone working in, volunteering with, or supporting the philanthropic sector. We have the ability to create subgroups where people from the same geographic or funding area can gather to help one another and share information. And we’re excited to see what the next evolution of this sharing platform will bring as we move into the uncharted waters of post-pandemic philanthropy.

With another year looming under restricted in-person opportunities to connect, we’re continually looking for ways we can help maintain or assist in creating new relationships to strengthen the philanthropic community and each of your organizations. For our current clients, we hope to convene special groups to solve for new software features or product ideas...taking our foundation of community full circle. 

I hope you invite your colleagues to join the conversation. You can preview many discussions just by visiting To post your own discussion, question, poll or reply, you’ll want to register or sign in. If you are a current Foundant customer, there is even a special area for Foundant Product Q&A that you will have access to after you register.

I look forward to getting to know you through our community! Please reach out to me at any time.


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About the Author

Kara Adams is the Community Manager for Compass - Foundant's online community. Compass is open to anyone working in or supporting the philanthropic sector, and is an excellent place to exchange best practices with your peers. Kara is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and an Association Forum Forty Under 40® award recipient. She has a diverse background in association management, education, fundraising and community foundation program development. As a thought leader, Kara has co-authored articles, collaborated as a webinar presenter, participated on panel discussions, and presented at ASAE's annual conference in 2017, 2019 and 2021. Kara enjoys roadtrips in her Jeep with her two dogs and aspires to someday own an Airstream trailer to travel the country and enjoy the view.

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