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Vol. 12, No. 4
December 2015

In November, when we once again watched tragic events unfolding around the world, I kept wondering when it would stop and how. And like many others, I wondered about the people causing so much harm and grief. Most of us are not in a position to impact those people or to prevent these tragic events that happen on the international stage. Still, I think we can take heart in our own efforts, and the efforts of those around us, to make a difference here at home. We make a difference... 
  • For every child who learns to read and finds a path to college. For every child who has a safe place to go after school. For every child who learns to dance instead of fight.
  • For every veteran who finds support services to transition back home.
  • For every person fighting to stay healthy after a battle with mental illness. For every person who gains self-confidence and pride after a personal setback. 
  • For every unemployed person who learns skills to engage in the workforce. For every person who finds a job and is able to keep a family together. 
  • For every homeless person who has a hot meal and a place to sleep. For every person who feels hope instead of despair. 
Much of this work at the local level happens because of nonprofits. Nonprofits move communities one step closer to stability and safety. So I'd like to take a moment to give credit to this system and the people who make it possible. Executive Directors provide vision and leadership with support from passionate staff. Nonprofit board members offer behind-the-scenes support. Individual donors, foundations, and corporate outreach programs ensure nonprofits have required resources. All together, with everyone pulling in the same direction at the same time, hopefully we can change lives.
For most, the events in Paris left us unnerved, sometimes scared, and desperately wanting to be hopeful for our children. I hope you find inspiration this holiday season in the good work being done here at home. If you haven't finished your end-of-year giving (and even if you have), please consider making a financial gift to Compass to support our work with local nonprofits, or to other nonprofits also doing good work in our community.
On behalf of Compass' seven staff members, 24 board members, this year's 36 nonprofit clients, and 300 volunteers - thank you for your support. I wish you a wonderful holiday, and a safe and peaceful new year.


Did you know that many Compass volunteers donate their time to local nonprofits also provide a financial contribution to Compass? So far this year, 211 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 appreciate 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: 


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Thank you for supporting Compass, which allows us to support the many nonprofits that we serve and the many people with whom they work. 


We're thrilled to have the following talented business professionals leading our Greater Washington pro bono consulting teams:


Tim Saunders (Duke), A Wider Circle

Brett Crawford (Tuck), Accokeek and Alice Ferguson Foundations

Scott Dulman (MIT), Arc of Northern Virginia 

Saket Jain (Columbia), Capital Fringe 

Tom Carmody (Michigan), Charge Up Collaborative

Jeff Kass (Harvard), Cornerstone Montgomery

Mike Plunkett (MIT), DC Central Kitchen 

Karen Turner (Harvard), District Alliance for Safe Housing and My Sister's Place

Christian Pearson (Michigan), Equal Rights Center

Akosua Baah-Dwomoh (Columbia), Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital 

Lorraine Madala (Michigan), Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, MD

Chris Sutton (Harvard Kennedy School), Green Door

Jeff Bowers (Duke), Joe's Movement Emporium

Rich Rasmus (Harvard), Lab School of Washington 

Harold Rosen (Harvard), Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities 

Carol Bloomberg (Harvard), Miriam's Kitchen

Andrew Morrison (NYU), Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless 

Roy Gamse (Harvard), Next Step Public Charter School

Paula Jacobs (George Washington Law), Our Daily Bread

Barry Miller (Tuck), Our Military Kids

Douglas Henry (Harvard), Reading Partners

Hilary Miller (Tuck), Signature Theatre

Patrice Feinstein (Wharton), Sixth & I 

Burgess Levin (Harvard), SOME (So Others Might Eat)

Dakota Korth (Michigan), The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Harry Knight (Texas A&M), Veterans on the Rise 



Compass offers pro bono consulting projects from January to June allowing volunteers to work with smaller nonprofits. These Micro Projects provide similar services to Compass' Classic Projects, but tend to be more narrowly focused and use smaller teams of volunteers. Compass will announce this year's Micro Project clients the week of December 14. If you're interested in volunteering on a Micro Project, please contact Compass. Or for the list of specific projects, please check the Compass website in mid-December at



With holiday shopping on your mind, don't forget that you can send extra financial support to Compass using AmazonSmile. When you do your holiday shopping through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Friends of Compass. Bookmark this link and support us every time you shop.



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 that help spread the word about Compass. We are grateful for their support:    


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business  
Columbia Business School 
Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell 
Fuqua School of Business at Duke 
Harvard Business School 
Michigan Ross School of Business 
MIT Sloan School of Management 
Northwestern 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 


Thanks also to our Corporate Supporters: 
Booz Allen    


And our Project Launch sponsor,


   Capital One



Each year the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, DC awards two scholarships to local nonprofit leaders to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course at HBS.

Greater Washington nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs and Presidents may apply. Each candidate should have at least one year of experience in the role. Each organization's efforts should focus on service within Greater Washington communities. (Other requirements are listed here.)

The program will be held July 17-23, 2016 on the HBS campus in Boston, MA. Each scholarship covers program fees ($5,500) and reimbursement for $500 in travel expenses.
Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016 at [email protected]. 

Scholarship winners will be notified by March 8, 2016.
For more information and the application, visit and go to Programs, then Scholarship Program.
Compass posts nonprofit job openings on our website to support nonprofits seeking to find seasoned professionals. Current job opportunities include:

Washington Literacy Center - Executive Director
Stone Soup Films - Development Director 
The Catalogue for Philanthropy - 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.

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