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|Vol. 12, No. 3||September 2015|
FROM THE PRESIDENT
GETTING OFF AUTOPILOT
I recently had a tough day. A phone call at work unexpectedly went badly. I felt defensive, as well as surprised. I knew I should have responded better and kicked myself all the way home for not doing so. I got home late and found my dog waiting for food and a walk, so I went right into autopilot mode. I fed the dog, changed clothes while he ate, and headed out for a walk as soon as we both had finished. But I couldn't stop my mind from going back to that call and what I should have said instead.
My dog and I walked and walked, while I thought and replayed, and then bam! I stopped short and realized that my dog had walked into a parked car. I started to laugh and cry at the same time. Maybe his hair was in his eyes, maybe I was walking too fast. I tried to quickly figure out how this had happened as I knelt to apologize, pet him, and make sure he was okay. He was okay, but I was not. I felt terrible, and I realized as we walked more slowly home that sometimes it is hard to get off autopilot.
We live very busy lives, worrying about all the things that are important - our jobs, our spouses, our children, our roommates, friends, dates, family, money, homes, schedules, making the green light, getting the reservation at that new restaurant, wondering why the mail is delivered so late.
For a break from autopilot, there is nothing better than volunteering with Compass. We have just announced an amazing list of nonprofit clients for this year. (See client list below!) We are recruiting Project Leaders, and will open our team member application on September 4. Whether things are going smoothly or not, it's a good time to volunteer with Compass. Your eyes will be opened when you see how other people experience the world.
On a Compass project, you'll first find out how nonprofits work, because you'll work closely with your client's Executive Director and board, who face challenges most companies can't imagine. Then you'll dig a little deeper and you'll realize why that ED does what he or she does. You'll see the kids needing a safe place after school, the adults who want to read so they can get a job, the artists seeking to lift up those who appreciate their art, the homeless who need a meal, and the families trying to stay together. These people will change your life. They will ground you and make you smile as you marvel at their resilience and joy despite the hardships. They will turn off the autopilot where you sometimes find yourself, despite your best efforts.
One of last year's volunteers recently emailed me asking about this year's volunteer application. He said, "Volunteering with Compass was a life changing experience and I cannot wait to do it again." I encourage you to consider sharing your gifts, your knowledge of the business world - and your time - with the nonprofits in this community where you live.
In my case, I came off autopilot because of my dog. When I got home after that walk, I went back to some work I had waiting for me. When I looked up later, there he was, lying beside my chair - none the worse for the wear, and not having given up on me yet. There's so much to see and experience when you get off autopilot. I highly recommend it. Compass can help.
PROJECT LEADER APPLICATIONS DUE SEPTEMBER 9
Compass is seeking MBA graduates from top business schools to lead pro bono consulting projects for the amazing nonprofits listed below. If you want to have a personal impact on the broader community, Compass offers a substantive, intellectual experience addressing the unique challenges facing a particular nonprofit.
Project Leaders spend, on average, two - five hours per week on the Compass project. Project Leaders work closely with the nonprofit Executive Director and Board Chair, and manage a team of volunteer consultants to execute the work.
Project Leader applications are available here:
Project Leader Application - Greater Philadelphia
MEET THIS YEAR'S CLIENTS ON SEPTEMBER 30
Join us for Compass' annual Project Launch!
Wednesday, September 30
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Prospective volunteers are invited to meet this year's clients and Project Lead
ers. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP via Eventbrite here
Thank you to our Project Launch sponsor, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
COMPASS WELCOMES THE 2015-16 CLIENTS
|The short descriptions that follow hardly do justice to the work of these amazing nonprofits. For more details about each client and the specific project they have requested, click here: Client Roster, and join us at Compass' Project Launch on September 30 to meet the clients in-person.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PARTNERSHIPS
ASAP's mission is to develop high-quality after school activities and resources to empower youth in Philadelphia.
CENTER FOR ADVOCACY FOR THE RIGHTS AND INTERESTS OF THE ELDERLY
CARIE's mission is to improve the rights, well-being, and autonomy of older adults through advocacy, education, and action. Board Development
DELAWARE VALLEY GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (Philadelphia, PA)
DVGBC works to inspire, educate, and connect people around green building practices. Strategic Alignment
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA (Wayne, PA)
Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success. Funding Strategy
MAIN LINE ART CENTER (Haverford, PA)
Main Line Art Center's mission is to inspire and engage artistic creativity for all ages and abilities and to celebrate visual art in community life. Funding Strategy
NORTH LIGHT COMMUNITY CENTER (Philadelphia, PA)
North Light Community Center's mission is to enable people of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. Funding Strategy
SMITH MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND AND PLAYHOUSE (Philadelphia, PA)
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse provides opportunities for unstructured creative play for children ages 10 and under. Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations
WELCOMING CENTER FOR NEW PENNSYLVANIANS (Philadelphia, PA)
The Welcoming Center's mission is to serve as a centralized employment, small business development, and education and training center for the region's growing immigrant community. Board Development
WEST OAK LANE CHARTER SCHOOL (Philadelphia, PA)
WOLCS's mission is to empower children to become lifelong learners in the areas of science, technology and the humanities. Strategic Alignment
WOMEN ORGANIZED AGAINST RAPE (Philadelphia, PA)
Women Organized Against Rape works to eliminate sexual violence and advocate for the rights of victims of sexual assault. Board Development
|INCREASE YOUR IMPACT - DONATE TO COMPASS|
Every $1 donated to Compass translates to $14 of consulting services to local nonprofits. Donations from individuals, companies, and foundations make it possible for Compass to bring over 400 business professionals into more than 70 nonprofits each year. You can donate to Compass to support and expand our impact - and yours - by clicking the Donate Now button below.
|WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT|
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 the Partner MBA Clubs that help spread the word about Compass.
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Columbia Business School
Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University
Duke University Fuqua School of Business
Harvard Business School
Michigan Ross School of Business
MIT Sloan 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
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