Philadelphia

Business Professionals

Volunteering with Compass

Compass facilitates meaningful volunteer engagements between nonprofits and business professionals. Check out our programs below to learn how you can give back to your community, meet a wide variety of professionals, and connect with local nonprofits.

Read first-hand accounts from our volunteers with Hopeworks and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia.

For more information, please read our FAQs or contact Megan Tomey, Program Manager, at mtomey@compassphilly.org.

“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

Classic Consulting Projects

Business professionals are assigned to a team of nine volunteer consultants to serve on a project for one of our nonprofit clients. Projects run from late September through May. View the list of our nonprofit clients.

The application for our 2022-23 Classic Projects is now closed. During the year, we often have spots that become available on one of our consulting teams. If you are interested in being added to the waitlist, please apply here: 2022-23 Classic Project Application – Waitlist.

Volunteer Roles

We are looking for enthusiastic and empathetic business professionals who are prepared to partner with nonprofits for the entirety of the project. 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 experience.

Classic Project teams are composed nine volunteers: one Project Leader, one Deputy Project Leader and seven Team Members.

  • Project Leader Role
    Project Leaders should have an MBA, a similar advanced degree, and/or significant management consulting experience. Project Leaders should expect to commit 4-6 hours/week from late September through May leading a team of seven volunteers with the support of a Deputy Project Leader.
  • Deputy Project Leader Role
    Deputy Project Leaders provide additional team leadership. Applications for Deputy Project Leaders are by invitation only to returning volunteers.
  • Team Member Role
    Team Members must have at least one year of post-undergraduate professional experience and may not be current graduate students. Team Members should expect to commit an average of 3 hours/week (including team meetings) from late October through May.

We do not accept anyone currently enrolled in undergrad, or full-time graduate programs.

Serving on a Project

At the start of the projects, volunteers are required to attend our virtual Volunteer Orientation and Service Line trainings. Project Leaders and Deputy Project Leaders attend separate leadership trainings. We also provide access to research and past project materials in an online Toolkit.

Each team decides when to hold regular team meetings. Most team meetings will be conducted virtually. However, we strongly encourage teams to visit clients’ sites and gather in-person in accordance with public health guidelines.

Application Process

Our online application collects your educational and professional background information, and also asks you to state your interest for each of our nonprofit clients and their projects. Staffing decisions are made by matching an applicant’s skills and project interests to the projects being offered.

Philadelphia City Rowing, 2021-22 Client

Micro Consulting Projects

Business professionals are assigned to a team of five volunteer consultants to serve on a project for one of our nonprofit clients. Projects run from late February through June.

The Volunteer application will open on January 3.

Volunteer Roles

Micro Project teams are composed five volunteers: one 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 experience.

  • Project Leader Role
    Project Leaders should have an MBA, a similar advanced degree, and/or significant management consulting experience. Project Leaders should expect to commit 4-6 hours/week from late February through June leading a team of four volunteers.
  • Team Member Role
    Team Members must have at least one year of post-undergraduate professional experience and may not be current graduate students. Team Members should expect to commit an average of 3 hours/week (including team meetings) from late February through June.

We do not accept anyone currently enrolled in undergrad, or full-time graduate programs.

Serving on a Project

At the start of the projects, volunteers are required to attend our virtual Volunteer Orientation and Service Line trainings. We also provide access to research and past project materials in an online Toolkit.

Each team decides when to hold regular team meetings. Most team meetings will be conducted virtually. However, we strongly encourage teams to visit clients’ sites and gather in-person in accordance with public health guidelines.

Application Process

Our online application collects your educational and professional background information, and also asks you to state your interest for each of our nonprofit clients and their projects. Staffing decisions are made by matching an applicant’s skills and project interests to the projects being offered.

The Micro Project Volunteer Application will open in early January.

Yes and... Collaborative Arts, 2021-22 Client