Philadelphia

Success Stories

Mighty Writers teaches Philadelphia kids to think and write with clarity, so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life. Through a Funding Strategy project, the Compass team collaborated with Mighty Writers to enhance funding operations and achieve sustainable growth. Along with recommendations for maximizing funding request efforts, the Compass team developed a tool to align strategic, operational and financial goals to provide an improved approach to budgeting for growth as MW works toward its goal of teaching 10,000 youth. Mighty Writer’s Executive Director Tim Whitaker saw “the board come alive listening to the report” and stated “Compass gives you another perspective on things, which is invaluable in the nonprofit world.”

Chester County OIC provides adult basic literacy education and life skills programs that prepare individuals for self-sufficiency and employment.  After working with Compass on a Board Development project, Chester County OIC requested another project to optimize its long-term success and effectiveness by ensuring that programs and resources were aligned with the mission and vision of the organization and the needs of the community. Valuable information from community stakeholders and deeper board engagement has helped to establish new partnerships and contracts, secure additional foundation support and increased the number of clients served. In this Strategic Alignment project, Compass provided relevant insights, increasing CCOIC’s ability to deliver on its mission and as noted by Executive Director Joyce Chester, “positively impacted the staff, volunteers and our community.”

Broad Street Ministry is a broad-minded faith community that practices radical hospitality and works for a more just world through civic engagement. Since BSM’s founding in 2005 as an alternative church community, and in 2006 as a nonprofit to guide its mission, it has greatly expanded the scope of services offered. BSM engaged the Compass team to assist in the transition from a founder’s board to a governing board to complement a strategic planning process already underway. Executive Director Mike Dahl noted the “willingness of the team to dive deeply into our needs and develop a customized solution.” BSM now has an “excellent road map for how our governance structure needs to evolve to continue to support our mission.”