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Vol. 10, No. 4
December 2013





Compass is in the gift giving business. Our official line is that we give strategic consulting services. The truth is that we give relationships. We make connections between people who have chosen different career paths - one corporate and one nonprofit. Relationships are formed here that last much longer than a single Compass project. One of last year's Compass clients recently spoke about how much she misses her team's leaders who would spend one (sometimes two) hours per week on the phone with her - every week - talking about whatever she needed to talk about. Sometimes the people who come into our lives bring something we don't know we are missing. Often we realize their full impact on our lives when they move on.


When my oldest son left for college this year, I expected some sign of sadness from his two brothers. Week after week passed, and surprisingly, they seemed to adjust without missing a beat. In early November, two months after the college drop-off, the brothers and I headed north to visit our college kid. I was so excited to see my son after two months apart, but unexpectedly I found myself competing for his attention. It turns out my youngest son couldn't get enough of his oldest brother. He sat next to him at meals and in the car, he walked next to him (and I mean closely next to him), and he asked him questions constantly. He was literally soaking him in. I could see it. Despite wishing for an opportunity to ask my own questions, I was pleased that the older brother had indeed been missed. I doubt my youngest son knew how much he missed having his brother around until he saw him.


I've said before that it's easier to say goodbye when you know a person is ready to leave. So it was with sadness, but also understanding, that I heard the news from Georgia Katinas that she will be leaving Compass for a new opportunity. We've been so lucky to enjoy her for the past three and a half years as our Associate Program Manager. She truly embodies Compass. She knows everyone and everything. We all rely on her, and will no doubt miss her terribly when she is gone. It has been a privilege to have her by my side and on my side these past few years. I share so many of Compass' accomplishments with her. We were a tight knit staff of two for many years. Maybe it's the nature of a small organization, where everyone has a very big role. Or maybe it's just Georgia, who fills any room with her warmth and charm.


Relationships get created in all kinds of ways. This fall, we watched our project teams begin their work with our nonprofit clients. By next June, friendships will have developed between Compass volunteers and the nonprofit leaders with whom they work. Little do our clients know that the best thing they will get from Compass isn't a Power Point or a written report. What will last longer are the relationships they make with their Compass volunteers. We see it every year. The wonderful part is that the benefits, of course, work both ways. Our volunteers cannot know now how they will be different after working closely for nine months with these inspiring nonprofits and the people who run them.


It's December. This is the time of year when we think about giving, and hopefully take time to reflect on the gifts in our life. There are many ways to look at it, but really the best gifts are the people who come into our lives. This holiday season, I wish for each of you to have many people in your life whom you will miss when they move on (because you know they will stay in touch) - and I hope many of these people are from Compass. I am personally grateful for the people who make Compass special - our Project Leaders and team members, our Advisory Board, our Junior Board and most importantly my Board of Directors. I am also grateful for the people who make Compass possible - our foundation supporters, corporate sponsors, and the many individuals who donate generously to Compass and understand our mission and our impact.


To all of you, a very happy holiday season, and a 2014 full of people who bring richness to your life. And to Georgia - you will be dearly missed!





Did you know that many Compass volunteers who are donating their time to local nonprofits also provide a financial contribution to Compass? So far this year, 117 volunteers have made financial contributions to support Compass. We couldn't provide our unique pro bono consulting program without the infrastructure and staff to carefully select, train and support our clients and volunteers.


We are so appreciative of our volunteers for ALL their support, but we can't do our work with their support alone. Please join this year's volunteers by making a tax-deductible donation to Compass. You can make a secure donation here: 


Donate Now  


Thank you for supporting Compass, which in turns allows us to support the many nonprofits that we serve. The donations provided at the end of this year help make Compass' services possible to many in need.


Compass is excited to be piloting four projects in Greater Philadelphia this year for the following nonprofits:


American Red Cross

Chester County OIC

Diversified Community Services

Women's Center of Montgomery County


We are grateful to the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, as well as the Philadelphia Foundation for their support of these pilot projects. 

We're thrilled to have the following talented business professionals leading our pro bono consulting teams for 2013-2014:


Washington, DC

Paula Jacobs (GWU JD), Alzheimer's Family Day Center

Richard Stern (Harvard), Alzheimer's Family Day Center

Michelle Edwards (Tuck), CASA for Children of DC

Abby Phelps (MIT), Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Zeke Williams (Duke), Chelsea School

Michael Dickson (Harvard), Community Crisis Services

Susan Thaxton (Harvard), DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

Jennifer Blasko (Columbia), DCTV

Ted Clarkson (Columbia), Easter Seals

Burgess Levin (Harvard), Home Care Partners

Tracey Moon (Kellogg), Horton's Kids

Tim Saunders (Duke), Housing Unlimited

Akosua Baah-Dwomoh (Columbia), HumanitiesDC

Tulip Shah (Michigan), Iona Senior Services

Ritija Gupta (Columbia), LAMB Public Charter School

Shyam Chidamber (MIT), Leadership Greater Washington

Jeff Kass (Harvard), Levine School of Music

Irene Edmunds (Michigan), Levine School of Music

Marty Concannon (Chicago), Linden Resources

Noran Eid (Wharton), The Literacy Lab

Victoria Pierce (Harvard), Maryland Youth Ballet

Dhivakar Janarthanan (Michigan), Mental Health Association of Montgomery County

Judy Patterson, Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program

Jeanine Zeitvogel (Cornell), Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program

Barr Snyderwine (Duke), National Center for Children and Families

Michael Kim (Duke), National Trust for Historic Preservation

Jacek Pruski (Stanford), Prince George's Child Resource Center

Neena Graham (Cornell), Rebuilding Together Alexandria

John Crain (Wharton), Sasha Bruce Youthwork

Mike Plunkett (Wharton), United Planning Organization

Harry Knight (Texas A&M), Washington Area Bicyclist Assoc.

Denisse Goldbarg (Harvard), YouthBuild PCS


Philadelphia, PA

Barbara Milhatov (Wharton), American Red Cross

Mike Peters (Darden), Chester County OIC

Robert Bond (Duke), Diversified Community Services

Amy Sennett (Harvard), Women's Center of Montgomery County


In DC, Compass provides pro bono consulting projects from January until June for volunteers to work with nonprofits that have a budget between $400,000 and $750,000. These Micro Projects provide similar services to Compass' Classic Projects, but tend to be more focused and use smaller teams of volunteers. In January 2014, Compass will announce this year's Micro Project clients. If you're interested in volunteering on a Micro Project, please contact Compass. We will send you the list of clients in early January along with a link to the volunteer application. Or for more information on Micro Projects, please check the Compass website in early January at


The United Planning Organization has selected Compass as a recipient of the 2014 UPO Community Service Award. This award honors an organization for outstanding support of the community. The Award will be bestowed on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at UPO's 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Breakfast.  The Compass volunteers who worked with UPO last year did a tremendous job and we are thrilled to be recognized for their work. 


Compass is seeking a highly motivated, recent college graduate to support Compass' programs, communications and development initiatives. The ideal candidate will have an interest in nonprofit management and the social services sector. This entry-level position requires the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, and requires strong communications skills. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Kristalee Overdahl at  For a full job description, visit our website at Assistant Program Manager.  
Please forward this note along to anyone who may be interested.

We couldn't put together our talented consulting teams without skilled volunteers. We couldn't recruit the amazing volunteers without the support of the local business school clubs. Thank you to the following clubs who help spread the word about Compass. We are grateful for their support:    




The University of Chicago Booth School of Business  
Columbia Graduate School of Business 
Cornell University 
Fuqua School of Business at Duke University 
Harvard Business School 
Michigan Ross School of Business 
MIT School of Management 
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management  
NYU Stern School of Business 
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

Columbia Graduate School of Business 
Fuqua School of Business at Duke University 
Harvard Business School
University of Virginia Darden School of Business  
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania 


Thanks also to our Corporate Supporters: 
Booz Allen    

And are grateful to Capital One for sponsoring this year's Project Launch event on Oct. 2, 2013.


   Capital One



Compass posts nonprofit job openings on our website to support nonprofits seeking to find seasoned professionals. Current job opportunities include:


Parent Encouragement Program - Executive Director and Operations Director

Capital Partners for Education - Development Director

United Planning Organization - Communications and Community Relations Director

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County - Development Director

Youth Venture - Executive Director and Operations Coordinator


For more details on these jobs or to see new postings throughout the year, please go to Nonprofit Sector Jobs


If you know of other nonprofit job opportunities, we're happy to list them on our site as well. Please feel free to contact us!



In 2014, the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C. will award two scholarships to the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) program to leaders of local nonprofits. Greater Washington D.C. area nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs and presidents responsible for shaping the direction, mission, policies and major programs of their organizations are candidates for the scholarship; each candidate should have at least one year of experience working in this role. The activities and focus of the organization should meet the needs of people in the Greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan community.

The intensive program will be held July 13-19, 2014 on the HBS campus in Boston, MA. Each scholarship covers program fees ($5,000) and reimbursement for up to $500 in travel expenses. Completed applications must be emailed no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2014 to Scholarship winners will be notified by February 14, 2014. For more information and the application, go to