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Client Commitment and Eligibility

Compass projects are not for every nonprofit, and now is not the right time for all client candidates. Client Executive Directors and Board members must commit to accessibility and active participation throughout the project. More importantly, they must demonstrate that they will have the organizational capacity to act upon the Compass team’s recommendations after the project ends. While staff members may be able to provide data and basic information, Compass projects are most successful when an organization’s leader actively engages and participates in the project process. Clients benefit from learning along the way, and engaged leaders are more likely to embrace the recommendations to assure implementation. As a baseline, Compass clients must meet
the following criteria:

  • Be a 501 (c) 3
  • Have a minimum of three full-time paid staff members
  • Have an annual budget of at least $750,000
  • Have an active Board of Directors
  • Have a mission that benefits either the Greater Washington, DC, Greater Philadelphia, or Chicago communities
  • Not promote specific religious or political beliefs