Friends of Compass, Inc.

Strategic Guidance. Stronger Nonprofits.

aka Compass or Compass Pro Bono   |   Washington, DC   |
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Friends of Compass, Inc.

EIN: 26-3724642


Compass forges lasting ties between local nonprofits and local business professionals to empower thriving, equitable, resilient communities.

Ruling year info



Bethany Rubin Henderson

Main address

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 7000

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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Subject area info


Community and economic development

Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

Unemployed people

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 subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


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
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

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
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
At-risk youth
Children and youth

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
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
At-risk youth

Where we work


Community Partnership Award 2022

Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County

Volunteer Award 2021

Coalition for the Homeless

Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award 2021


Rose Award 2021

Woodley House

Board Leadership Award – Honorable Mention 2018

Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Leadership Award 2017

Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day

Community Service Award 2014

United Planning Organization

Board Leadership Award – Honorable Mention 2014

Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Board and Staff Appreciation Award 2012

The Barker Foundation

Community Service Award 2011

The Washington Club

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


Context Notes

Since our founding in 2001, we have completed over 1,100 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


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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21.41 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Friends of Compass, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Friends of Compass, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$150,714 $308,282 $440,080 $26,292 $258,311
As % of expenses -11.2% 20.1% 22.9% 1.2% 16.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$150,714 $308,282 $440,080 $26,292 $258,311
As % of expenses -11.2% 20.1% 22.9% 1.2% 16.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,225,498 $2,754,564 $1,863,251 $2,092,953 $1,456,445
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.3% 124.8% -32.4% 12.3% -30.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 6.1% 12.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.1% 0.0% 0.3% 1.8%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 26.1% 15.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.7% 99.9% 73.4% 78.0% 86.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% -0.1% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,349,694 $1,530,211 $1,925,177 $2,110,847 $1,556,917
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.8% 13.4% 25.8% 9.6% -26.2%
Personnel 63.4% 70.4% 80.3% 78.8% 77.8%
Professional fees 15.5% 14.1% 11.1% 12.8% 11.2%
Occupancy 5.4% 4.9% 3.0% 1.4% 2.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 15.8% 10.6% 5.5% 7.0% 8.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,349,694 $1,530,211 $1,925,177 $2,110,847 $1,556,917
One month of savings $112,475 $127,518 $160,431 $175,904 $129,743
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $207,337 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,462,169 $1,657,729 $2,085,608 $2,494,088 $1,686,660

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 3.4 8.8 7.0 8.2 10.9
Months of cash and investments 3.4 8.8 7.0 8.2 10.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.2 5.2 6.9 6.4 10.7
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $379,225 $1,124,830 $1,128,131 $1,436,200 $1,408,158
Investments $0 $0 $0 $14,793 $0
Receivables $160,510 $830,781 $760,015 $337,142 $173,956
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 11.1% 12.9% 15.3% 9.5% 4.0%
Unrestricted net assets $355,570 $663,852 $1,103,932 $1,130,224 $1,388,535
Temporarily restricted net assets $127,925 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $127,925 $1,043,996 $543,662 $497,558 $142,461
Total net assets $483,495 $1,707,848 $1,647,594 $1,627,782 $1,530,996

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Bethany Rubin Henderson

Bethany Henderson joins Compass following an extensive cross-sector career that spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She brings an impressive record of social entrepreneurship that includes founding, leading, and building the capacity of multiple nonprofits and national social impact networks. Bethany most recently served as the Network President of America SCORES, a national network of youth development organizations. There she unified affiliates around a collective strategic vision that positioned the network as an international leader at the intersection of youth sports and arts education. Previous roles include serving in the Obama Administration, where she helped to lay the groundwork for My Brother’s Keeper as a White House Fellow, and founding City Hall Fellows, a service corps program for local governments. Bethany earned her JD at Harvard Law School and both her MA and BA at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 05/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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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 12/6/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/06/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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Gross receipts from fundraising
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