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Vol. 6, No. 2
September 2009
            "What's With All The Change?"
Some people embrace change and some people don't. 2009 has been a year of change for almost everyone - for better or worse. There were big picture changes - a new president, new debates on Capitol Hill, and changes in the value of stock holdings and houses. Closer to home, Washington had a cooler summer than I can remember, my neighbor's son went to college and taught my sons to tie a tie before he left (that's a big change in my household), and my oldest son started high school.
At Compass, I saw people changing jobs, and boards of nonprofits struggling with a fallen economy. Some nonprofits closed their doors, but most hunkered down and kept a close eye on the ever changing environment, because both clients and donors had changed. In the summer of 2009, I got a new board chair after two amazing years of work by Hilary Joel. 
Although Compass' basic program didn't change - it's still going strong - we have made a few changes here, too. We are making significant improvements to our Project Leader training, thanks to former Project Leader Al Rogers and former volunteer Francine Tolson. We're launching a knowledge management site to provide more support for our teams. We've redefined our Project Advisor role. We've added a Client Orientation. And we have just launched a brand new website!
But in the end, Compass is still doing what we've been doing for the past eight years - helping nonprofits become stronger, more effective and more efficient. We're still matching experienced business professionals with nonprofits who have identified strategic challenges. We have 21 new clients (see list below), and I'm sure we'll have many new volunteers joining the ranks of the loyal and always appreciated returning volunteers.
If you're looking for a positive change, think about joining a Compass team. You'll make a difference for one nonprofit and for that nonprofit's clients. Some change can be good. At Compass, everything's in place for an even better year than last year - despite all the changes.
All the best,

We've selected 21 diverse and wonderful nonprofit clients for 2009-2010. 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:
Anacostia Watershed Society
Bladensburg, MD
The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. AWS is seeking a funding strategy project to clearly identify resources needed as tied to the strategic plan, and identify stable and new sources of revenue.
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
Annapolis, MD
The mission of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is to produce and present memorable symphonic music that increases the awareness, enjoyment, and appreciation of music for audiences of all ages throughout the region.The Annapolis Symphony has requested a strategic alignment project. (Note: This team will meet in Annapolis.)
The Arc of Northern Virginia
Falls Church, VA
The Arc of Northern Virginia is a the leader in providing effective advocacy and indispensable direct services for families, children and adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enable full, welcoming community participation. The Arc is seeking assistance to improve board development, communications, and utilization.
Bridges Public Charter School
Washington, DC
Bridges is a unique public preschool whose mission is to educate together children with and without special needs. Bridges has requested a board development project to improve the board's effectiveness and engagement.
Capital Partners for Education
Washington, DC
Capital Partners for Education is a dynamic, four-year, college preparatory and mentoring program serving motivated, low-income students in the DC area who might not go to college without CPE's programming and individualized support. CPE has requested a strategic alignment project. CPE will embark on a new strategic planning process this year to identify viable options for program expansion. 
Class Acts Arts
Silver Spring, MD
Class Acts is an arts outreach organization dedicated to bringing educational and culturally diverse arts experiences to schools and communities in the DC metro area. Class Acts has asked for a funding strategy project to research and analyze ideas for earned income ventures that would remain aligned with their organization's mission.

Community Lodgings
Alexandria, VA
Community Lodgings mission is to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency. Community Lodgings is requesting board development assistance to make the board more comfortable with relationship cultivation, fundraising, and effective leadership.
Washington, DC
Compass provides pro bono strategic consulting to nonprofits benefiting the Greater Washington DC community. Compass needs a funding strategy project to analyze options for earned income ventures that would be consistent with Compass' mission.
District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)
Washington, DC
DASH provides a safe and sustainable refuge for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. DASH is seeking a strategic alignment project. 
Greater Prince William Community Health Center
Woodbridge, VA
The Greater Prince William Community Health Center provides primary, affordable, health care services to families in Greater Prince William County, regardless of income, age, race, residency, and insurance status.  To support growth, the Health Center has asked Compass to help them develop a funding strategy to include best practices for fundraising. (Note: This team will meet in DC or northern Virginia.)
The Helen Hayes Awards
Washington, DC
The Helen Hayes Awards programs and services are designed to build audiences, honor excellence, and educate youth - all in celebration of professional theatre in the Washington metropolitan area. The Helen Hayes Awards is seeking strategic alignment project to help the organization develop a clear strategic plan to guide its operations for the next five years.
The Kingsbury Center
Washington, DC
The Kingsbury Center is a leading-edge provider of education assessment for individuals with learning differences. Kingsbury needs help in developing a strategic planning process in order to assess their current leadership structure, organizational mix and size, and relationship with the DC Public School system.  
The Lab School of Washington
Washington, DC
The Lab School provides education to children and adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities. The school is looking to develop its first strategic plan. This will be the second year of a two-year project to help develop a strategic plan. (Note: There will be limited spots available for new team members.)

Language ETC
Washington, DC
Language ETC's mission is to empower adult immigrants through education to become self-sufficient and contributing community members. LETC is requesting a funding strategy project to help analyze new sources of funding such as corporate sponsorships and/or individual micro-giving campaigns or other viral marketing that will allow LETC to fundraise through Web 2.0 social media platforms.
National Child Research Center
Washington, DC
An independent preschool serving Washington families for generations, the National Child Research Center (NCRC) provides preschool education in an environment that nurtures the whole child, fosters partnerships with families and is committed to the inclusion of children with special needs.  NCRC has requested a strategic alignment project. to explore new opportunities.
Leesburg, VA 
Oatlands is a National Trust for Historic Preservation Site and a National Historic Landmark.  It is an early 19th century estate with a mansion, exquisite gardens and extensive farmland. Oatlands has requested a funding strategy project to evaluate current revenue sources to determine if existing funding sources can be increased and to identify new revenue sources. (Note: Team meetings will be in Washington, DC, not Leesburg.)
Pregnancy Aid Centers
College Park, MD
Pregnancy Aid Centers is a non-sectarian women's health clinic and social service agency.  They provide medical and mental health care to low-income women and adolescents. Pregnancy Aid Center is seeking assistance with board development, with an emphasis on expansion and revitalization. 
Reality, Inc.
Laurel, MD
Reality provides affordable treatment for St. George's County's chemically dependent and dually diagnosed populations, regardless of ability to pay.  Reality has requested Compass' new service line - refocusing, restructuring and contingency planning - to examine and revise their newly developed strategic plan in light of the current fiscal and staff situation created by the economic downturn. (Note: Team meetings will be in Washington, DC or nearby Maryland.)
SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia
Alexandria, VA
SCAN of Northern Virginia's mission is to promote the well being of children, improve parent-child relations, and advocate for children in the community, the legislature and the courts. SCAN has asked Compass to help develop a five-year strategic plan to improve the organization's ability to address new challenges, strategically pursue expansion opportunities, and sustain the organization's health and community impact.
Synetic Theater
Arlington, VA
Synetic Theater enriches the theater offerings in the metropolitan area through its unique, highly acclaimed theater productions. Synetic Theater is seeking a comprehensive strategic plan covering artistic, fundraising, marketing, and business goals for the next 5-10 years. This will be the second year of a two-year project.
The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC)
Rockville, MD
TLC's mission is to improve lives and expand possibilities for individuals with special needs. TLC serves clients through an independent school (preschool through 12th grade), testing and tutoring services, vocational assistance for adults, outpatient speech and occupational therapy services, child care and a summer program. TLC has requested a board development project to help the board develop their skills and increase their impact.
Volunteer applications are due October 8, 2009. Applications are available on the Compass web site at or directly at:
Most Compass volunteers have an MBA from a top business school, however, we accept applications from other business professionals with consulting or nonprofit experience. 
Don't miss this year's Project Launch at 6:30 p.m. on October 1, 2009 at The Washington Club. Viki Betancourt, Manager of Community Outreach at the World Bank, will kick off the evening with a brief keynote address. Then there will be plenty of time to meet the executive directors and Project Leaders of this year's projects. Evites will be sent by the week of September 21. If you do not receive an Evite and want to attend, please email [email protected] to RSVP.
LAUNCH EVENT                                         October 1
Project Leader Training (New PLs)                September 21
Project Leader Training (Al PLs)                   October 5
Volunteer Application Deadline                     October 8
Volunteer Orientation                                 October 22
Service Line Training                                  November 5
Check it out - Last week, Compass launched a beautiful new website full of useful and interesting information. Find details about the project cycle, this year's clients, volunteer requirements, and amazing photos from Compass' clients. This website was designed by D*MNGOOD, a design firm with incredibly talented graphic designers, writers and web designers. The site redesign was made possible through a generous grant from the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation.
Compass is pleased to announce three new additions to our board. 
Ari Zentner is a long-time Compass volunteer, a University of Chicago Booth School of Business alum, and a management consultant by profession.  Ari will be chairing the Board Committee on Volunteer and Alumni Relations.
Linda Youngentob has been involved with Compass since its inception, having worked on one of the very first projects in 2001.  Linda is an alum of Harvard Business School and a professor at Montgomery Community College. She will be chairing our Individual Donors Development Subcommittee.
Sally Sloan led the Bright Beginnings project last year.  She received her MBA from Darden and had professional experience in nonprofit finance at National Public Radio.  Sally will be joining the Finance and Development committees.
Compass would also like to thank Hilary Joel, our outgoing Board Chair.  Hilary is one of the founders of Compass and, as Chair, shepherded us through our transition to an independent 501(c)3 this past year.  We thank her for her tireless service.  Hilary will remain on the board serving on the Development Committee.
The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation located in Cleveland, Ohio, seeks a creative person to join our team as the Program Officer for The Capacity Building Grants Program.  The position will manage all aspects of the Capacity Building Grants Program including grantee communications and support, due diligence and analysis of requests and staff leadership to the Foundation Grantmaking Committee.
Our new team member will have excellent communication, critical thinking and analytical skills.  In addition, the right individual will have the energy and passion for our mission and vision and willingness to take initiative in all aspects of the Foundation's work.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to enter and grow in the philanthropic sector by working with a highly experienced staff and governance team.
The successful candidate will have 3-5 years of experience in the non profit sector and will have a bachelor's degree in a related field.  Preference will be given to those holding a master's degree in a relevant discipline.
Candidates should submit their cover letter and resume via email ONLY, to Leah S. Gary, President and CEO at [email protected]. Be sure to put "Application for Program Officer Position" in the subject line.  All submissions are due by close of business, 5:00 pm EST, Monday, October 12, 2009. 
Compass would like to introduce you to a unique nonprofit partner (and former client): Vehicles for Change (VFC). VFC provides a valuable tool to eliminate poverty and strengthen families. We would like to invite you to donate your car to Vehicles for Change. They will award it to a low income family and in addition donate $150 per car to either Compass or the local nonprofit of your choice.
VFC exists so that low-income families can achieve financial and personal independence that comes from owning a vehicle. VFC repairs donated cars and sells them at a minimal fee to low-income families for employment purposes. Jobs, daycare, doctors, and even grocery stores are unavailable without a car. A recent survey showed that 73% of VFC's recipients have obtained better jobs at an average salary increase of $4,800.
How can you help?
Donate a car in good condition and Vehicles for Change will award it to a worthy family. As an added benefit, you might be able to deduct the "fair market value" of the vehicle in your tax return. To learn more or to donate you car, please call 410-242-9674 or visit, and be sure to note that you heard about VFC from Compass!
We couldn't put together out talented consulting teams without skilled volunteers. We couldn't recruit the amazing volunteers without the support of the local business schools clubs. Thank you to the following clubs who help spread the word about Compass. The following local business school clubs helped announce this year's Project Leader and Volunteer opportunities. We are grateful for their continued support:

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
The Harvard Business School Club of Washington
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
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