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Volunteer FAQs

Volunteer FAQs

Read below for general information. For details about volunteer roles and the application process in your city, click on the following links: Chicago, Greater Philadelphia, and Greater Washington.

What is the difference between a Classic Project and a Micro Project?

Classic Projects are for nonprofits with budgets over $500,000. These projects run from September through May, and are staffed with nine volunteers.

Micro Projects typically are for nonprofits with budgets below $500,000. These projects run from January through May, and are staffed with five volunteers. Micro Projects are offered in Greater Washington and Greater Philadelphia.

When do you recruit volunteers?

Recruiting for Classic Project volunteers begins in September, shortly after we select and announce our new clients. We recruit volunteers for Micro Projects in December and January.

What do the teams look like?

Classic Projects have a Project Leader, Deputy Project Leader and six or seven Team Members. Micro Projects have a Project Leader and four Team Members. Our volunteers have diverse backgrounds and skills. Many of our volunteers work full-time, while others are retired executives or stay-at-home parents with relevant professional experience.

What do you look for in volunteers?

We take particular pride in the diversity of our community of volunteers, which includes proven consultants and business professionals, top-tier MBAs, lawyers, and professionals with advanced degrees – of all ages and from various career tracks.

Our professionals represent the breadth of strategic know-how found within the business community, boasting capabilities across a broad set of functional areas, including strategic planning, finance, marketing & communications, change management, technology, operations, and consulting.

If I do not have an MBA, can I still apply?

Absolutely! We place non-MBAs on each team, with preference to lawyers and those who have consulting or nonprofit experience. Non-MBAs should have at least two years of work experience.

If I am currently in school, can I still apply?

We do not accept anyone currently in undergrad, graduate school, or other executive education programs.

I don’t live in the metropolitan area – can I serve on a Compass team?

While Covid continues to prevent in-person meetings, Compass is pleased to consider applications if you live outside the metropolitan area.

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

On average, Team Members dedicate two to three hours per week and Project Leaders dedicate three to five hours per week.

How often do teams meet?

Each team decides on a schedule that works for its team members and work plan. We encourage teams to touch base weekly.

Where do the teams meet?

Compass teams typically meet and engage with their nonprofit clients in person. Compass was able to seamlessly shift to all-remote work in response to the pandemic and we anticipate continuing remote work due to Covid-related restrictions.

Read first-hand accounts about volunteering with Compass:

  • Read about a volunteer’s experience with Hopeworks Camden. Click Here.
  • Read about a volunteer’s experience with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. Click Here.

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“I learned so much about consulting, homelessness in DC, and the overall nonprofit space. All of my team members were so intelligent and passionate.”

HOMELESS CHILDREN’S PLAYTIME PROJECT, Team Member