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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
When my 12th grade son asked me to listen to a monologue that he had written for his Creative Writing class, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was amazed and surprised when his writing brought tears to my eyes. In the same week, I received an email from my 6th grader's school, which explained to me that my son hadn't been doing his homework for the past two months. After hearing my discussion with his younger brother, my 12th grader said to me, "I was never that bad, was I?" I laughed and told him that he had been so much worse. The days of not doing homework...or doing homework but not turning it in...or forgetting a book at school or at home or in the car...or forgetting to write down an assignment... There were calls and meetings with teachers, advisors, and heads of schools. There were planners and organizers and heart-to-heart talks. Yes, he was as bad as his brother. And now as he prepares to finish high school, he can write something that touches me deeply. He can (usually) turn in his work on time. He was accepted to the college he most wants to attend. The years of coaching, teaching, nudging, and just never giving up have paid off. He has turned into a talented writer (though still a little unorganized) who is finding his way in the world.
Like the time I spend helping my sons, Compass volunteers spend many hours nurturing and supporting our nonprofit clients. Nonprofits face a range of challenges today. Sometimes they need analysis and evaluations and planning, and sometimes they just need someone in their corner. Compass teams do both. We help nonprofits with the issues fundamental to their survival and effectiveness - board development, funding strategies and strategic planning. But so much more happens during a Compass project. When we walk in the door of a new nonprofit client, there is often more going on than the client application indicates. We sometimes find Executive Directors who are ready to quit, concerns about making payroll, boards that aren't providing oversight, and personality clashes between boards and staff, to name a few common issues.
But at the heart of all the "stuff" that's going on, we also find nonprofit leaders working long hours for little recognition - just because they care. We find board members who give their time and resources to help the organization provide services to those in need. Compass teams coach, teach and gently nudge where needed so the good things can come out in the open, and so everyone involved can remember why they are doing what they are doing. The support Compass provides varies from client to client depending on each client's unique needs. Sometimes when we leave an engagement, we've been able to give the world to a large organization that is touching hundreds of lives. Sometimes we help a small, exhausted organization keep its doors open to continue serving the people who depend on its services. Compass provides support that changes and varies, but never gives up.
In April, we will open our Client Application for the 2013-14 project year. Now is a good time for nonprofit leaders and board members to think about applying for a Compass project. Maybe you could use some outside perspective, some specific expertise, or some fresh energy. The work our clients do touches us and our volunteers deeply. The least we can do in return is provide support that makes it a little easier for them to get where they are going.
I hope you'll consider working with a team of Compass volunteer consultants. I'm happy to talk to anyone involved with nonprofits about your organization's needs and how Compass might help. Please give me a call at (202) 459-6291 or email me at [email protected].
|JOIN US FOR A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT INFO SESSION|
Compass' client application for 2013-14 will be available on April 15. If you are considering applying for a Compass consulting project, please join us on May 8 to hear about Compass' Client Application Process. At this optional Information Session for prospective clients, you'll find out
- How the Compass program works
- What kind of project would be best for your organization
- How to apply for a Compass project and get selected
Wednesday, May 8 - 9:00 a.m. coffee; 9:30 program begins
Location: The Meyer Foundation
1250 Connecticut Ave., NW * Washington, DC 20036
Attendees must RSVP to Compass. Please RSVP by May 1.
CLIENT APPLICATION PROCESS
The deadline for applications is June 14 at 11:00 p.m. Clients will be selected in August, and projects begin in September.
Compass clients must meet the following criteria:
- Have 501(c)3 status
- Have a minimum of three paid staff members and a minimum budget of $750,000
- Provide services that benefit the Greater Washington community
- Not promote a specific religion, or religious or political beliefs
- Have an active board of directors
If you are interested in applying for a project, you can view last year's client application on our website.
If you have any questions about which project would be most useful for your organization or about the application process, please contact Suzanne Laporte at [email protected] or (202) 459-6291 to discuss, or plan to attend the Client Information Session on May 8 (see details below).
In 2013-2014, Compass will offer consulting services in the following service lines:
Board Development - Board Development projects aim to improve the effectiveness, engagement, and sustainability of nonprofit boards by reviewing governance, recruitment, training, and meeting and committee practices.
Funding Strategies - Compass can assess traditional revenue sources and revenue-generation methods, or provide analysis and recommendations to support Earned Income Ventures.
Strategic Alignment - Compass helps nonprofits understand options for achieving the greatest impact, based on alignment of mission, programs and resources.
Strategic Planning (2-year projects) - Strategic Planning projects help larger nonprofits create a 3-5 year Strategic Plan, ensuring that board and staff leadership are aligned around key choices.
Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations - Compass will help nonprofits assess the value and appropriateness of strategic partnerships or collaborations.
MEET THE 2013 MICRO PROJECTS
We're thrilled to announce our 2013 Micro Project clients and the talented professionals leading these teams.
Amit Shahani, Project Leader
Rhonda Watson, Project Leader
The Dance Institute of Washington
Dave Wetzig, Project Leader
The Father McKenna Center
Geoff Brown, Project Leader
Girls on the Run - DC
Ashley Leonard, Project Leader
The Jovid Foundation
Natasha Munshi, Project Leader
OAR of Fairfax County
Kevin Dougherty, Project Leader
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation
Beth Hoffman, Project Leader
Senior Services of Alexandria
Carl Landry, Project Leader
COMPASS PARTNERS WITH WHARTON-HBS LEADS COUNCIL TO CREATE AWARD
The Wharton-HBS Leads Council is setting up a special fund to support the activities of Compass. In celebration of its 10th anniversary in June, the Leads Council plans to present an award to an outstanding Wharton or Harvard Business School Compass volunteer from the 2012-13 project cycle. Leads Council members have enthusiastically embraced the partnership, according to Compass co-founder and Leads Council member Gus Bessalel, HBS '88. "Given our connection to HBS and Wharton, we think this is the perfect way to support the community and recognize fellow alumni who contribute so much through their project work with Compass."
The Wharton-HBS Leads Council brings area alumni from the two schools together to leverage the power of their networks, learn about each other's businesses and directly share sales leads and business opportunities. The group was founded in 2003 by several Wharton alumni, and in 2011 expanded to include HBS alumni. With approximately 35 members, the DC/VA and Maryland chapters meet monthly, and membership is open to alumni from both schools. For information about attending a Leads Council meeting or joining one of the chapters, please contact Heinan Landa, Wharton '91 or visit http://www.whartondc.com/.
LEVERAGING YOUR IMPACT ON THE DC COMMUNITY
Like our clients, Compass is a nonprofit that relies on donations to keep operations running. Every dollar donated to Compass provides $14 of consulting services back to local nonprofits. Compass doesn't charge nonprofits for services, so we rely on funding from generous supporters. This year, 274 Compass volunteers are providing consulting services to 35 local nonprofits. If you haven't donated to Compass during this 2012-13 project year, please consider donating now.
Thank you for supporting Compass and the many nonprofits that we serve.
NEW VIDEO ABOUT COMPASS
We invite you to watch this incredible new video about Compass.
|Compass, Who We Are|
One of our 2011-12 clients, Stone Soup Films, creates films for nonprofit organizations to help tell their stories. They did an amazing job telling the Compass story and we are very thankful for their assistance!
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Business School Clubs
Thank you to the following clubs for helping us recruit our amazing volunteers:
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Columbia Graduate School of Business
Cornell University Johnson School of Management
Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
Harvard Business School
MIT Sloan School of Management
New York University Stern School of Business
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
University of Virginia Darden School of Business
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Yale School of Management
COMPASS' STRATEGIC PLAN 2012-2017
Our Top Priorities
- GEOGRAPHIC EXPANSION
- COMMUNITY OF VOLUNTEERS
- INTELLECTUAL QUALITY
- LONG-TERM ENGAGEMENT
- SUSTAINABLE FUNDING
- ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE