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Vol. 7, No. 2
September 2010
Is it fall already? My sons are back in school so that means summer is over. Usually, Compass' busy time begins in late August when we select clients. After that, it's like being on a fast train. Once we select clients, we then select Project Leaders, then Deputy Project Leaders. We have a Client Orientation, and two Project Leader trainings. All of this happens on the way to selecting volunteers - the 200 plus people who will staff Compass' teams and bring valuable skills and insights to our nonprofit clients.
Summer is usually my down time, but not this year. This summer was in fact energizing, exciting and busy. With the help of Compass Board members and volunteers, we spent the summer looking at our volunteers' experience. With the amazing guidance of a new volunteer, we mapped out the Compass experience from the volunteer perspective. We analyzed Compass' touchpoints with volunteers, and developed a plan for moving ahead to make the volunteer experience even more substantial and significant.
Our program relies on volunteers who have the experience, education and expertise to go into a new organization with a new group of people and find the best way to help the client. It also requires volunteers to have the humility to appreciate the amazing contributions made by the staffs and boards of our clients. With the proper appreciation and respect for what the other party brings to the table, along with some good old fashioned hard work, we know that wonderful things happen to everyone involved. Clients feel more on track, the people they serve benefit from the more focused organization, and our volunteers connect with new people in new ways.
As we head into our 10th project year, we have 27 amazing new clients (see details below), up from 21 clients last year. Their people and passion inspire us, and will certainly engage this year's volunteers. (See below for information on volunteering on a Compass team.)
The outcomes - what happens after the Compass team leaves - are what our projects are all about. One interesting outcome is that our team members sometimes join the Board of their client. A quarter of our 2009-10 clients offered a Board spot to at least one team member (in two cases, three team members joined the Board of a single client). This is truly long-term impact for the client, but also for the volunteer. This lasting involvement deepens the volunteer's experience, and changes lives on both sides of the table. We like being present at the beginning of these relationships, and we like to think we have something to do with the successes that happen. Even if it means being on a fast train.
Best wishes,
Volunteer applications are due October 8, 2010. Applications are available on the Compass website at or directly at:
Join us in kicking off our 2010-2011 project cycle at Compass' Annual Project Launch event on Wednesday evening, Sept. 29.  Learn more about volunteering with one of this year's inspiring clients. Meet this year's Clients and Project Leaders, as well as other interested volunteers. There's time to apply for a team after the Launch, and there's no obligation if you just want to learn more and mingle with our invited guests.

The Washington Club
15 Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC
Wednesday, September 29
6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served at 6:15 p.m. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to bring friends and colleagues who might be interested in Compass, or to forward this invitation.

Our Keynote speaker will be Katherine Jankowski, Director of Partnerships and Business Development for the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 27 to Georgia Katinas at [email protected].
We've selected 27 diverse and wonderful nonprofit clients for 2010-2011. You can enrich your life and that of others in the Washington area by volunteering on one of the following Compass projects this year. For more details about each organization and project, please visit our web site at:
Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN)
Arlington, VA
AMEN provides financial assistance to Arlington residents who experience emergencies that make it impossible to pay their bills.
The Audubon Naturalist Society
Chevy Chase, MD
The Audubon Naturalist Society inspires residents of the greater Washington, DC region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy. 
Black Student Fund
Washington, DC
The BSF is dedicated to maintaining access to independent schools for African American children from low to modest income households.  The program puts underprivileged students in grades K-12 in the most challenging academic environments.
C�sar Ch�vez Public Charter School      
Washington, DC            
The C�sar Ch�vez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy provide a high quality public school option for young people residing in the District of Columbia's most impoverished and underserved communities.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (CSC) at the University of Maryland is led by a mission to transform lives through sustained engagement with the arts. CSC hosts nearly 1,000 public events each year.
College Success Foundation
Washington, DC
The mission of CSF is to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, and to provide a unique integrated system of supports and scholarships they need to graduate college and succeed in life. (Note: CSF is not accepting new volunteers.)
Community Education Group 
Washington, DC
Community Education Group (CEG) is a public health organization that focuses its work on HIV/AIDS prevention and education in Washington, DC, especially in the African-American community and among women.
Cultural Development Corporation
Washington, DC
CuDC makes space for art. They are dedicated to increasing and sustaining the presence of arts and culture and providing places for arts organizations and artists to live, create, exhibit, sell, rehearse, perform and convene.
DC Law Students In Court Program
Washington, DC
The D.C. Law Students in Court Program (LSIC) has a dual mission of providing legal services to low-income D.C. residents and training third-year law students in lawyering and courtroom advocacy skills.
Emmaus Services For The Aging                                     
Washington, DC             
Emmaus Services for the Aging provides support, advocacy, and services to underprivileged seniors to help them live active, independent lives within a supportive community.
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Public Charter School      
Washington, DC
The Elsie Stokes Public Charter School prepares 320 culturally diverse elementary school students in the District of Columbia to be leaders, scholars and responsible citizens who are committed to social justice.
Friends Of The National Arboretum                                 
Washington, DC
FONA's mission is to support the U.S. National Arboretum's unfunded public projects, to raise the Arboretum's public profile, and to sponsor public education programs. FONA is partnering with the Arboretum and DC Central Kitchen to expand the Arboretum's Youth Garden to provide food for DC Public Schools.
Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services      
Alexandria, VA
GSH's mission is to reduce homelessness, increase community support, and promote self-sufficiency. Last year, GSH helped more than 775 households avoid homelessness.
Helen Hayes Awards
Washington, DC
The Helen Hayes Awards' mission is to build audiences, honor excellence in DC theatre, and educate youth.
Higher Achievement
Washington, DC
Higher Achievement provides educational support to Junior High School students in the Washington, DC public schools through intensive after-school instruction, homework assistance and mentoring, and a six-week summer program. 
Hope and a Home                                                           
Washington, DC                        
Hope and a Home's mission is to empower low income Washington, DC families to create stable homes for themselves, and to make lasting changes in their lives.

Howard University School of Communications
Washington, DC

Howard University's School of Communication provides its students with an educational competence that is founded and grounded in ethics, academic freedom, the pursuit of knowledge, a commitment to social advocacy and justice, and a responsibility for leadership in the field of communications. (Note: This project is not accepting new volunteers.)
Kingsbury Center
Washington, DC
The Kingsbury Center is a leading-edge provider of education assessment for individuals with learning differences. Through their tutoring center, K-12 day school, and diagnostic and psychological services unit, they serve almost 1,500 people a year.  
National Trust For Historic Preservation - President Lincoln's Cottage
Washington, DC;
The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities. President Lincoln's Cottage preserves and interprets President Lincoln's seasonal retreat to engage the public in an exploration of Lincoln the leader and the private man.
Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center
Alexandria, VA
NV AHEC provides hundreds of professional interpreters, and translates numerous highly technical documents for the top hospitals and human and health agencies in the Washington, DC Metro area.
Signature Theatre
Arlington, VA
Signature Theatre is a Tony Award�-winning, professional theater company dedicated to producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals, developing new work, and reaching its community through engaging educational and outreach opportunities.
SOC Enterprises
Arlington, VA
SOC's primary mission is to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Total Family Care Coalition
Washington, DC
TFCC serves children in DC who are diagnosed with emotional disorders. They are currently the only organization in DC providing their services to this population. TFCC works to help kids remain in their neighborhood or reunite with their families.
Washington Ballet
Washington, DC
The Washington Ballet presents classical and contemporary ballet programs through its performing company and studio company, is considered one of the leading ballet schools in the country, and has an extensive community engagement program in Southeast Washington.
Washington National Cathedral
Washington, DC
Washington National Cathedral has four core areas of focus: to be a spiritual home for the nation, to be a national landmark and destination for tourists, to have a vibrant worshipping community, and to be a convener of important interfaith dialogue and reconciliation.
Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
Washington, DC
Washington Yu Ying is a public charter school whose mission is inspiring, challenging, and preparing young people to achieve their full potential and to create a better world within a nurturing Chinese/English immersion environment.
Yellow Ribbon Fund
Bethesda, MD
Yellow Ribbon Fund assists injured service members and their families while the service member is being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center or Bethesda Naval Hospital for war-sustained wounds suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is proud to announce that Compass has been selected to be featured on the 2010-11 Catalogue website. A panel of 100 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, peer non-profit organizations, and the DC government evaluated nearly 250 applications. Seventy will appear in the 2010-11 print Catalogue. Compass is one of 48 outstanding nonprofits to be featured on the web beginning in November this year.

Now in its eighth year, the Catalogue's mission is to generate visibility and resources for the best community-based nonprofits, and to create more meaningful experiences for donors. According to Barbara Harman, President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, "We know that nonprofits have had another very difficult year, and the economy continues to create challenges: dollars are down and need is up. Individual donors can continue to make a real difference - as they did last year -- keeping great organizations afloat during these tough times."

The Catalogue enables smaller nonprofits to tell their stories to individuals who would otherwise never hear them, and to encourage those individuals to get engaged and to give. It also provides charities with a stamp of approval that tells donors they can invest with confidence because the Catalogue vets its family of nonprofits with great care.

"Charities are selected for excellence, cost-effectiveness, and impact" Harman said. "These are certainly among the best community-based nonprofits in the Washington region."

Visit the new Catalogue website at
Donations from companies, foundations and individuals made it possible for Compass to send almost 200 volunteers into the nonprofit community this past year. Consider donating to Compass to make our impact next year just as significant.

The Compass website offers online giving capabilities through a service called Just Give. The link to Just Give can be found
Compass' nonprofit clients benefit from the amazing volunteers who give their time, expertise and intellectual energy. We couldn't recruit these amazing volunteers without the support of the local business schools clubs.

A huge thank you to our Partner MBA Clubs that help spread the word about Compass.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
The Harvard Business School
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Columbia Graduate School of Business
Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
University of Michigan Ross School of Business
University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
Yale School of Management

We'd like to thank our corporate and foundation supporters who make our impact possible, and help us reach prospective clients:
Our corporate sponsors:
Booz Allen Hamilton
Avalere Health
And our foundation supporters:
ACT for Alexandria
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation
Children's Law Center works to give every child in the District of Columbia a safe home, meaningful education and healthy life.  As the largest nonprofit legal services provider in the District, our 75-person staff partners with hundreds of pro bono attorneys to serve 1,200 at-risk children each year.  Applying the knowledge gained from this direct representation, we advocate for changes in the city's laws, policies and programs.  For more information, visit
Position Description: The Director of Finance and Administration will have primary responsibility for financial, human resources, information technology and administrative operations and will work closely with the legal and development teams to support and strengthen their operations. The Director of Finance and Administration leads a six person operations team, is a member of the management team and reports to the Executive Director.

Community Wealth Ventures (CWV) is a leading management consulting firm that emboldens and equips leadership
teams to innovate, grow and sustain organizations that build a better world. CWV offers strategy and implementation
services to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations. CWV is seeking a Director.

The Director plays an integral role as a member of the firm's management team, helping lead and guide firm strategies and
priorities. Other responsibilities include project oversight and leadership, talent management and business development.

For more details, visit CWV's website at
Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative executive education program, Governing for Nonprofit Excellence (GNE), will take place on the HBS campus November 3 - 6, 2010. 
This program is designed to address the challenges facing voluntary nonprofit board leaders (those who are not in a CEO or Executive Director role) and equip participants with frameworks and skills to maintain mission clarity, forge effective relationships, structure and manage important alliances and achieve organizational financial sustainability.

Complete program details can be found on the program website at