Business Professionals

Volunteer Application

Applications for the 2020-21 project year are now closed. Please check back in August when we announce our new roster of nonprofit clients and open the Project Leader and Team Member applications for the 2021-22 project year.

Any questions about serving as a Compass volunteer or the application process? Please contact Megan Tomey, Associate Program Manager, at or read our FAQs.

Read first-hand accounts about volunteering with Compass:

Click here to read about a volunteer’s experience with Hopeworks.

Click here to read about a volunteer’s experience with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia.


PROJECT LEADERS manage their nonprofit client and the volunteers on their team, on average spending three to five hours per week. Project Leaders should have an MBA, similar advanced degree, and/or significant management consulting or business experience.

DEPUTY PROJECT LEADERS provide additional team leadership. Applications for Deputy Project Leaders are by invitation only to returning volunteers.

TEAM MEMBERS: Team members must have at least one year of post-undergraduate professional experience and cannot be current graduate students. We invite people to apply who have graduate degrees, valuable business skills, work for one of our partner companies, or have consulting or nonprofit experience. Compass gives priority to graduates from our partner schools.

Volunteer Support

We provide mandatory trainings for all volunteers and additional training for Project Leaders and Deputy Project Leaders. We also provide access to research and past project material in an online Toolkit.

While we do our best to place all interested volunteers on a project, we have more applicants than spaces available. If you are not immediately selected for a Compass team, there may be space for you on a Compass team later in the project year. We maintain an active waitlist that moves.