What We Offer in Strategic Consulting

Providing almost $13 million of pro bono consulting services since 2013, Compass Philadelphia serves the greater region including Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania and Camden County in New Jersey.

Compass recruits, trains and supports teams of business professionals.  We work with MBAs from top business schools, and other volunteers with experience in different functional areas, including strategic planning, finance, marketing & communications, change management, technology, operations, and consulting. We welcome business professionals at varying stages of the careers.

Each nonprofit client receives approximately $210,000 – $230,000 of strategic consulting services – free of charge. Our volunteers not only deliver focused analyses and recommendations, but also provide advice along the way, so nonprofits can internalize the most useful and relevant management principles.

See the list of current Compass Philadelphia clients here.

Our Service Lines

We provide consulting services in six service lines. When applying for a project, nonprofits must select one service line. Nonprofits can reapply for a different service line in future years.

  • BOARD DEVELOPMENT: The goal of a Board Development project is to improve effectiveness and engagement to sustain a high-performing Board. Compass can provide an objective evaluation of Board operations and offer recommendations for best practices to build a solid foundation of governance, recruitment, training and committee structures. Compass can help the Board develop an appropriate style given its current membership and organizational needs, and offer guidance regarding leadership succession planning and strategies for involving the Board in development efforts.
  • FUNDING STRATEGY: These projects can assess revenue sources and revenue generation methods and provide guidance to broaden or deepen current sources of revenue, identify untapped sources for funding, and screen out less promising avenues. In addition, they may offer recommendations to improve fundraising processes and external communications, and determine organizational support required. Alternatively, Compass Funding Strategy projects can research and evaluate existing or new earned income ventures and support the creation of business plans.
  • PARTNERSHIPS, COLLABORATIONS AND MERGERS: To make more efficient use of resources, nonprofits may consider partnering with other organizations with complementary expertise and strengths to fulfill a common mission. Compass can help assess the value and appropriateness of strategic partnerships, collaborations, or mergers and offer recommendations and an analysis of resulting implications.
  • STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT: Compass can help nonprofits examine their mission, vision, programs, targeted beneficiaries, desired changes, strategic objectives and supporting activities to understand how to achieve the greatest impact. Strategic Alignment projects can examine the allocation of financial and staff resources across programs with regard to organizational priorities and can also help evaluate opportunities for service or program development. These projects can also help ensure that the Board and organization leadership are aligned around mission, vision, and key choices in preparation for strategic planning and/or long-term goal setting. The exact focus of individual projects varies depending on a nonprofit’s needs and situation with tailored recommendations to improve the organization’s strategic alignment and potential for success.
  • STRATEGIC MARKETING: To help fulfill its mission and vision, Compass can help nonprofits identify opportunities for services and programs in existing and new markets. Compass can help create a positioning statement and develop an effective marketing strategy to take advantage of new opportunities. The project does not include collateral development.
  • TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY (Micro Projects Only): Compass can help a nonprofit leverage technology to enhance its ability to deliver on its mission and support the organization’s short- and long-term goals. Project objectives may include developing a more cohesive and efficient technology strategy overall or in a specific service area, or, may focus more narrowly on how data collection and analytics can better enable strategic decision-making. Compass can also help nonprofits understand how to design and implement existing or new services that could be offered using digital technologies. These projects will assess and provide recommendations for staffing, processes, and technology associated with the organization’s stated project objective.

Click here for more information about applying for a Compass project as a nonprofit or as a volunteer.  You can also contact Shelley Dinehart, Greater Philadelphia Program Manager, at


“Compass gives you another perspective on things, which is invaluable in the nonprofit world.”