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Vol. 7, No. 2||
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR|
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.
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
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.)
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.
|VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS DUE OCTOBER 8
Volunteer applications are due October 8, 2010. Applications are
available on the Compass website at www.compassdc.org
or directly at:|
JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL PROJECT LAUNCH SEPT. 29||
|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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CLIENTS 2010-2011||
|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: www.compassdc.org.|
Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN)
AMEN provides financial assistance to Arlington residents who
experience emergencies that make it impossible to pay their bills.
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.
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
Chávez Public Charter
The César Chávez 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.
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.
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 (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.
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
Law Students In Court Program
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
Emmaus Services for the Aging provides support, advocacy, and
services to underprivileged seniors to help them live active, independent lives
within a supportive community.
Whitlow Stokes Public Charter School
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.
Of The National Arboretum
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
Shepherd Housing & Family Services
GSH's mission is to reduce homelessness, increase community
support, and promote self-sufficiency. Last year, GSH helped more than 775
households avoid homelessness.
The Helen Hayes Awards' mission is to
build audiences, honor excellence in DC theatre, and educate youth.
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
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
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.)
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.
Trust For Historic Preservation - President Lincoln's Cottage
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.
Virginia Area Health Education Center
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 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's primary mission is to expand employment opportunities for
people with disabilities.
Family Care Coalition
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.
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 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.
Yu Ying Public Charter School
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
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.
SELECTED AS ONE OF THE BEST SMALL NONPROFITS IN DC||
|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 cfp-dc.org.
YOUR SUPPORT MAKES OUR WORK POSSIBLE
|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. |
website offers online giving capabilities through a service called Just
Give. The link to Just Give can be found
|THANKS TO OUR BIGGEST SUPPORTERS
|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
The University of Chicago Booth
School of Business
The Harvard Business School
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Tuck School of Business at
The Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania
Columbia Graduate School of
Fuqua School of Business at Duke
University of Michigan Ross School
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:
And our foundation supporters:
ACT for Alexandria
Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation
JOB OPPORTUNITY - CHILDREN'S LAW CENTER|
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION POSITION AVAILABLE|
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 www.childrenslawcenter.org.
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.
JOB OPPORTUNITY - COMMUNITY WEALTH VENTURES||
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 PROGRAM FOR NONPROFIT BOARD MEMBERS||
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 www.exed.hbs.edu/programs/gne/