Business Professionals

Volunteer Application

Classic and Micro Projects

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-21 project year but se below for an opportunity to volunteer through our On Demand Consulting program. Please check back in August 2021 when we announce our new roster of nonprofit clients and open the Project Leader and Team Member applications for the 2021-22 project year.

On Demand Consulting and Thought Partners

Business professionals can apply to our On Demand Consulting & Thought Partner Program. These short-term projects, lasting up to eight weeks, match a single consultant with a nonprofit. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis: On Demand Consultant and Thought Partner Application

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.


Classic and Micro Projects 

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.


On Demand Consulting and Thought Partners

ON DEMAND CONSULTANTS: Consultants have at least five years of work experience in strategic management areas identified on the application. Consultants work independently with a senior-level nonprofit client for two to four hours a week for up to eight weeks.

THOUGHT PARTNERS: Thought Partners are seasoned business professionals with 10+ years of consulting, business, nonprofit or executive-level experience. Thought Partners must be available to their matched nonprofit executive for one to two hours a week for up to eight weeks.

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.

“I’d like to encourage everyone to consider skills-based volunteering as an incredibly rewarding way to use your talents to give back to the community.”

– Eric Heisler, Distinguished Corporate Skills-Based Volunteer, Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition 2021