Friends of Compass, Inc.

Helping nonprofits do what they do, better.

aka Compass or Compass Pro Bono   |   Washington, DC   |  www.compassprobono.org

Mission

Compass’ mission is to inspire business professionals to engage with their local nonprofits to transform communities. At Compass, we believe our cities should thrive, not just survive. Our goal is to enrich the communities we serve with stronger nonprofits supported by highly-skilled and engaged volunteers. We partner with nonprofit leaders and business professionals alike, creating ever-deepening connections between the two. Together, we make our cities and communities stronger.

Ruling year info

2009

President

Ms. Suzanne B. Laporte

Main address

1720 N Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

26-3724642

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Compass is a national leader committed to bringing business practices to the nonprofit sector. We believe nonprofit organizations, though charities, are also businesses that deserve access to experts who can help them do what they do, better. Our nonprofit clients address many charitable missions, including Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Community Development, Disability Services, Domestic Abuse, Education, Emergency Relief, Environment, Family Support, Healthcare, Housing & Homelessness, Senior Services, Legal Services, Social Services, and Veterans. The one common factor among the nonprofits we serve is that each organization must be serving the local community in one of three Compass cities: Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago. In that way, we ensure that local professionals can support their local nonprofits who, in turn, support the local community. Compass provides roadmaps to each of its clients to help them increase impact by strengthening and aligning operations, go

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pro Bono Consulting

At Compass, we are passionate about helping nonprofit leaders build and sustain high-performing organizations. With almost two decades of experience, we guide nonprofits that want to raise their level of performance. We offer a full range of services for nonprofits at any stage of development – from foundation-building to growth and high impact.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Compass recognizes the critical role that boards play for nonprofits. Our On Board program focuses on strengthening nonprofit boards by matching business professionals with nonprofits seeking qualified board members, and then training board members. While boards play a key role for nonprofits, nonprofits face challenges recruiting board members and helping board members understand their role.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Sorkin Center for Nonprofit Governance provides a unique board training program for members of nonprofit boards. As part of Compass, the Sorkin Center builds on our years of experience and expertise. We support professionals in their roles as a board member through interactive training modules in governance, strategy, financial management and fundraising.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of consulting projects completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status, Work status and occupations, Health, Age groups

Related Program

Pro Bono Consulting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our founding in 2001, we have completed over 1,000 consulting projects for nonprofits.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Pro Bono Consulting

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Compass bridges the gap between businesses and nonprofit organizations. We push the innovation forefront to deliver strategic support to nonprofit leaders. This is achieved via the hundreds of professionals that Compass recruits and deploys on teams crafted to serve the needs of our nonprofit clients. The result is a high-performing, impact-driven, and professional nonprofit sector, including:

i. Compass Nonprofit Clients. Our clients are strengthened via the world-class support of business professionals selected and deployed to bring lasting value to the nonprofit sector. Every engagement is high-touch and high-impact.

ii. Compass Professionals. Our volunteers become personally and deeply connected with the nonprofit sector. They are able to apply their analytical skills to benefit local nonprofits, and in turn, gain critical experience that allows them to thrive on team environments in their workplace. The broader community becomes enriched, as volunteers become nonprofit board members, mentors, employees and donors.

iii. Compass Corporate Partners. Our corporate partners are able to expand social impact efforts and achieve corporate citizenship goals through meaningful community engagement, which ultimately results in increased employee satisfaction and retention. Compass provides volunteers with training and support. In addition, they learn critical skills from peers on their Compass team and build upon their own professional acumen.

Compass attracts elite professionals to nonprofit service: the best of the best across a broad set of functional areas to address the strategic health, sustainability and effectiveness of nonprofits.
Compass also matches business professionals desiring to engage in board service with local nonprofits that need qualified board members through the On Board program. The result is eager, energized business professionals who become deeply connected with a specific nonprofit through board service. Compass defies assumptions about “pro bono” with a truly tailored and personalized approach on par with the best in strategic consulting to ensure that nonprofits and communities thrive.

Since our inception in 2001, Compass has built strong, reliable relationships with top tier national consulting firms and businesses in order to deliver tailored work defined by an eye for detail. Though we deploy more than 500 professional, committed volunteers to guide nonprofits every year, our program is in such great demand that we still have to turn away more than half of the professionals who apply to participate. The demand is great, and so is the need. Compass’ only limitation is staff to manage our programs and service lines.

Founded in Washington, D.C. in 2001, Compass began with just 35 individuals working with five nonprofit clients that first year, providing them with consulting assistance completely free of charge. The demand for this high quality consulting became so great that Compass expanded to Philadelphia in 2012 and to Chicago in 2016. Currently, Compass annually serves more than 80 nonprofits across the three cities by engaging over 500 professionals who offer world-class consulting. To date, we have delivered more than $400 million of consulting services, for free. Every dollar contributed to Compass results in $10 of services to nonprofits. Compass delivers stronger strategies, builds stronger nonprofits, and, as a result, ensures stronger communities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Friends of Compass, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ken Kido

Lucretia Risoleo

Laurie MacNamara

Booz Allen Hamilton

Robert Winter

Arnold & Porter LLP

John Collins

Capital One

Hope Gleicher

Nonprofit Montgomery

Bud Moeller

Eileen Ruby

Steve Trowern

MCM Capital Partners

Peter Slone

The McKesson Corporation

Hurley Doddy

ECP Investments

John Crain

452 Consulting

Polly Vail

Bruce Haas

Nancy Watters

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data