2020-21 Chicago Project Roster
Over the next year Compass volunteer teams will be working with our 2020-21 Chicago clients to address the most important strategic challenges facing our community today, like education, homelessness and housing eviction, gang participation, and racial inequity. Learn more about our nonprofit client projects below.
Albany Park Community Center
Albany Park Community Center empowers immigrant children and families to succeed by providing a wide range of education services, from preschool to small business support.
Albany Park Community Center is receiving a PARTNERSHIPS, COLLABORATIONS & MERGERS project to evaluate their current programming and identify potential partners to help them best support the community.
Chicago Lights builds brighter futures for Chicago’s youth and adults through supportive relationships and life-changing programs, including mentoring, supportive services, academic enrichment, career development, and arts education.
Chicago Lights is receiving a STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT project to assess the current needs of their community and align their programming to those needs given the competitive landscape.
Claretian Associates provides affordable housing and vital services that benefit the safety and wellbeing of South Chicago families, including the Safe Passage Program to ensure children can safely get to and from school.=
Claretian Associates is receiving a STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT project to lay the groundwork for their next strategic plan, assessing the alignment between their mission, programs, infrastructure and competencies.
Compass to Care
Compass to Care ensures that children whose families are in need of financial assistance can access life-saving cancer treatment by making travel to and from the hospital free.
Compass to Care is receiving a STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT project to assess how best to leverage the award of a highly competitive $1M grant from the Northwestern University Dance Marathon to scale their services.
Crushers Club aims to be the strongest alternative to gangs by providing high-risk boys and young men the support and skills needed to restore their lives and improve their neighborhood using boxing, music and peer mentoring techniques, along with paid jobs throughout the community.
Crushers Club is receiving a FUNDING STRATEGY project to develop a comprehensive business plan for a new workforce development program that teaches Englewood young adults about real estate renovations/rehabs, skilled trades and entrepreneurship.
Dare2tri helps build confidence, community, health and wellness to enhance the lives of individuals with physical disabilities, many of whom are injured veterans, through swimming, biking and running.
Dare2tri will be receiving a BOARD DEVELOPMENT project to strategically expand the board and enhance its operating structure to better support the organization with respect to strategic planning, problem solving, fundraising and networking.
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing provides free legal and supportive services to improve housing stability for lower income renters, including eviction avoidance, while advocating for the rights of all renters until everyone in Chicago has a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing will be receiving a BOARD DEVELOPMENT project to provide recommendations to increase their effectiveness through strategic board recruitment, governance and greater board engagement.
Little City Foundation
Little City Foundation provides innovative and personalized programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, empowering those individuals to create a meaningful life.
Little City Foundation is receiving a FUNDING STRATEGY project to evaluate and explore earned income programs and ideas and identify opportunities to leverage existing assets to improve its overall funding position.
Merit School of Music
Merit School of Music works to transform the lives of Chicago-area youths by removing barriers to high-quality music education. Merit offers intensive, sustained music education programs in 150 zip codes and 23 schools throughout the Chicagoland area, including tuition-free private lessons for those who cannot afford them.
Merit School of Music is receiving a FUNDING STRATEGY project to analyze opportunities to move beyond their traditional funding base to increase earned revenue by leveraging their virtual classes for more students and aligning overall funding resources with priorities.
North Side Housing and Supportive Services
North Side Housing and Supportive Services aims to end homelessness by providing housing and comprehensive supportive services. The organization serves nearly 700 clients annually with temporary housing, permanent housing support, healthcare, mental health services, and meals.
North Side Housing is receiving a STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT project to identify strategic areas of program growth to prepare for a new strategic plan.
Reading in Motion
Reading in Motion helps pre-K through first grade students read at or above grade level with a focus on young learners whose circumstances put them in greater need of support.
RIM is receiving a STRATEGIC MARKETING project to help communicate the unique value of its online platform to drive its expansion in a time when schools are being forced to offer remote programming.
Recipe for Change
Recipe for Change provides culinary instruction, job skills training and fine arts enrichment to detainees in the Cook County Jail, with the goal of empowering and equipping them with the tools necessary to gain employment upon reentry to society, thereby reducing recidivism.
Recipe for Change will be receiving a FUNDING STRATEGY project to help develop a strategy for a new food truck business that is being launched to further support its mission and revenue needs.
Red Clay Dance Company
Red Clay Dance Company lives to awaken “local” change through creating, performing and teaching dances of the African Diaspora – change that transforms cultural and socio-economic inequities locally and globally.
Red Clay Dance Company is receiving a STRATEGIC MARKETING project to help communicate their story to the public and to grow their business.
Share our Spare
Share our Spare collects and distributes new and gently used baby items with the goal of ensuring that every child (ages 0-5) has the essentials necessary to thrive.
Share our Spare is receiving a PARTNERSHIPS, COLLABORATIONS & MERGERS project to evaluate the feasibility of launching a resource-sharing program with over 30 agency partners, with the goal of increasing the efficiency, impact and growth of all participants.
Spark Program Chicago
Spark engages communities, companies, and volunteer mentors to provide career exploration and self-discovery opportunities that help middle school students understand, experience and pursue what’s possible.
Spark Program Chicago is receiving a STRATEGIC MARKETING project to develop the strategy, tools and messaging to achieve a radical increase in the size of its corporate partner community and mentor base.
Tech Corps educates, excites and empowers kids with technology by bringing computer science programming to underserved schools and by actively engaging technology professionals to increase students’ exposure to technology careers.
Tech Corps is receiving a STRATEGIC MARKETING project to conduct a feasibility study on the viability of expanding Tech Corps’ most successful programming to the Chicago market.