On Demand Consulting

On Demand engagements are short-term (eight weeks) pro bono services in which we match one volunteer with one nonprofit to address an immediate strategic challenge. Engagements come in two options, consulting projects or thought partners, full descriptions below.

On Demand: Consulting Projects
Within 8 weeks, On Demand Consulting Projects address a single issue. Compass connects a nonprofit to a business professional with the skills and experience to quickly understand and address an immediate challenge with tailored recommendations. Volunteer consultants do strategic work (not tactical work) and are not expected to support implementation, although many do continue to work with their client in a personal capacity after an engagement concludes.

On Demand Consultant Profile:

  • 5+ years of work experience
  • Specialized skills in the project areas selected on application
  • Ability to work independently with a senior-level client
  • Available for 2-4 hours/week for up to 8 weeks

On Demand: Thought Partners
On Demand Thought Partners are seasoned business professionals who Compass connects with nonprofit leaders. Within 8 weeks, in a confidential setting, Thought Partners provide a trusted ear for scenario planning, courses of action, or facilitation of conversations among board, staff, and leadership. Depending on a client’s needs, a Thought Partner may offer several informal calls or schedule formal, agenda-driven check-ins.

Thought Partner Profile:

  • 10+ years of consulting, business, nonprofit, or executive-level experience
  • Specialized experience in the project areas selected on the application
  • Available to the client for 1-2 hours/week for up to 8 weeks

Nonprofit Application

Project Topics: Applicants can select up to three topics (view project topics) for their On Demand engagement, view the full list here.

Process: After the application is submitted, we will search for a volunteer with relevant experience and expertise that matches your request. If an appropriate volunteer is available, we will notify you and initiate the match.

Eligibility: Registered IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit, mission does not promote specific religious beliefs or political parties/movements.

Volunteer Application

Process: Our online application collects your contact information, professional background, skills, and prompts you to select potential project topics (view project topics). Your application will then be added to our pool of available volunteers. If your skills and background match a nonprofit request, you will be contacted for a brief interview to confirm your capacity and availability.

Please note, we do not accept any full-time students (undergraduate or graduate).

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