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Compass recognizes the critical role that boards play for nonprofits, and the challenge that nonprofits face in recruiting board members. Compass also understands the importance of helping prospective board members find a board that is a good fit for their skills and interests while helping them understand their role. Through On Board, Compass facilitates local business professionals joining local nonprofit boards and successfully participating as board members.

On Board Placement. Since the program’s inception in 2014, Compass has placed 93 candidates onto the boards of 70 nonprofits, with 17 nonprofits taking more than one On Board candidate.


Compass runs two cohorts of On Board per year. Individuals and nonprofits interested in On Board may apply in the fall and early spring. Below are guidelines for nonprofits that can benefit most from the Compass On Board program.

Nonprofit Considerations

Nonprofits interested in finding a board member should:

• Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission that benefits the greater Washington, D.C. community and does not promote a specific religion, or religious or political beliefs.
• Have a Board of Directors with an engaged chair and regular board meetings
• Have Directors and Officers insurance
• Have a minimum annual budget in excess of $750,000
• Be in a position to take on new board members


For questions or to receive information about applying for On Board, please contact:
Nalini Rogers, Director – On Board, at (202) 450-4312 or