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As a capacity building organization, Compass works with nonprofits that provide services to the Greater Washington, Greater Philadelphia, and Greater Chicago communities. For the past 15 years, Compass has strengthened nonprofit boards, improved nonprofits’ alignment between the people they serve and the programs they provide, facilitated collaborations and partnerships between nonprofits, and helped nonprofits strategically plan for the future. Compass builds stronger communities by building stronger nonprofits.


The nonprofits Compass serves address a variety of challenges facing society. Here are a few examples of what Compass teams have made possible in Greater Washington:

  • A health and human services organization that provides healthcare, emergency assistance, and housing for homeless people is restructuring their board to be more efficient.
  • A nonprofit that provides affordable aging and disability services to the elderly is diversifying their funding by building relationships with corporations.
  • An education nonprofit committed to improving public school education gained the marketing tools to better build and promote their brand to increase awareness and resources.

And in Greater Philadelphia:

  • An after-school program for underserved youth is more thoroughly involving board members in understanding the program, mentoring staff, and development.
  • An environmental nonprofit that promotes green building practices is aligning their strategic plan and mission with their organization’s programs and infrastructure.
  • A community center for people of all ages is developing an earned income venture.

Since 2001

330 Nonprofits Served 

2,912 Consulting Volunteers 

41 Business Professionals Placed on 27 Nonprofit Boards (since 2014)

 1:10 Return on Investment ($) 

2015-16 Results

  • $7.4 million of strategic consulting services to the nonprofit community – free of charge
  • 99% of clients recommend Compass to other nonprofits
  • 97% of clients received a high-quality consulting product
  • 96% of volunteers recommend Compass to colleagues

Awards over the Years

“Community Service Award 2014” – From United Planning Organization for supporting Greater Washington nonprofits in their efforts to achieve greater effectiveness and impact

“Board Leadership Award – 2014 Honorable Mention” – From The Center for Nonprofit Advancement

“Women Who Mean Business 2014” – From Washington Business Journal for Compass’ President, Suzanne Laporte, to honor the region’s most influential businesswomen

“Community Service Award 2011” – From The Washington Club for engaging the business community in the work of DC nonprofits

Compass History