Client Application

The application for the 2020-21 project cycle is now open! Click HERE to apply.

If you have any questions about whether a Compass project is right for your organization, please contact Natalie Tessler at

Application Process

  • Client applications open late spring.
  • From June to August, Compass interviews the Executive Director and Board Chair of all applicants that meet the basic criteria.
  • Compass announces clients in mid-August.
  • Project Leaders begin working with clients in September. Teams will be formed, trained, and working by late October, with projects completed before June.

If you would like to be added to our email list to receive updates about next year’s application, please contact us

2020-21 Eligibility Requirements

  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
  • Mission that benefits Chicago
  • Minimum budget of $500,000
  • Active Board of Directors

We do not accept clients that promote specific religious or political beliefs.