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Compass provides a range of opportunities that help your company serve the local nonprofit community, including pro bono strategic consulting and a nonprofit board placement program.

Pro Bono Strategic Consulting Opportunities
On Board Program

Pro Bono Strategic Consulting Opportunities

Staffing Pro Bono Consulting Teams. Compass is available to speak to groups of employees about the opportunity to participate on a consulting team for a local nonprofit. Compass staff can come to business offices for brown bag or other meetings, and are also available to make presentations virtually.

Priority Placement On Consulting Teams. Each year, Compass turns down over 200 business professionals who apply to participate on a Compass team. Companies that have formal partnerships with Compass receive priority for a number of their employees to participate with Compass. Often Compass works with corporate social responsibility staff to create a more formal relationship. In addition to the information sessions noted above, a formal company liaison is identified. Your staff will receive preferential placement on Compass projects.

For both of the opportunities listed above, we ask that individuals work across different pro bono consulting projects, rather than grouping staff from one company together on one or two projects. This spreads skill sets and provides diversified experiences for volunteers.

High Potential Employee Programs. For companies seeking a formal, structured pro bono consulting opportunity that brings their employees together, Compass offers a program where groups of employees are staffed on a single team to consult to local nonprofits. Nonprofit clients will be recruited, selected, and trained by Compass. Employees will be selected by the company, and trained by Compass on consulting in the nonprofit sector. This program works especially well as a component of High Potential Employee Programs and Emerging Leaders Programs.

Corporate Participation. Compass has worked with the following companies to engage their employees on pro bono consulting projects for Compass or as part of internal leadership programs:

  • Accenture
  • Advisory Board Company
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
  • AT Kearney
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Capital One
  • CEB/Gartner
  • Comcast
  • Firstrust Bank
  • The Haverford Trust Company
  • Hogan Lovells LLP
  • IBM
  • JP Morgan
  • Kaiser Associates
  • KippsDesanto
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
  • Mercer
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • Navigate
  • Oliver Wyman
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • SEI
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • UGI
  • Vynamic
  • World Bank Group
  • ZS Associates

On Board Program

The Compass On Board program offers a unique opportunity for business professionals to engage with local nonprofit boards to utilize their skills and bring significant value to the nonprofit and the greater community. On Board matches business professionals with nonprofits that need qualified board members. Compass supports companies interested in offering On Board to their employees in the following ways:

  • Compass works with a company liaison to help identify senior staff interested in being matched with a nonprofit board.
  • Compass can hold an information session at a company site to explain the On Board program to qualified staff members, and to explain what it means to serve on a nonprofit board.
  • Interested candidates complete an application and will be individually interviewed to better understand their interest in a board position.
  • Following a similar application and interview process for the nonprofits, each candidate would be introduced to a nonprofit board whose needs match the candidate’s interests and skill set.
  • Compass provides board training for all candidates placed onto nonprofit boards.

Current Plans

 In 2017, Compass will be rolling out On Board to local companies and firms that have identified community outreach as a high priority. These include Accenture, A.T. Kearney, Boston Consulting Group, Burness, Hogan Lovells, IBM, KPMG, Jones Day, Oliver Wyman, Raffa, and World Bank . These companies and firms will promote On Board to their professional personnel. Compass will give careful consideration to the needs and priorities of both the nonprofits and candidates in this placement process.

For more information please contact Nalini Rogers, On Board Program Director, at (202) 450-4312 or