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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.

For more information, please read our FAQs or contact Hallie Smith, Tonya Miles or Alexandra Rivera.

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“Compass provides a unique and direct format for talented professionals to contribute their skills to further the development and success of exciting and innovate nonprofits. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that I would highly recommend to any individual looking for skills based volunteering opportunities.”

2021-22 Compass Volunteer

Classic Consulting Projects – Now Recruiting!

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.

Classic volunteer application now open: Apply Here
– Project Leader Deadline: September 13, 5:00 p.m.
– Team Member Deadline: October 3, 5:00 p.m.

Volunteer Roles

We are looking for enthusiastic and empathetic business professionals who are prepared to partner with nonprofits for the entirety of the project. It’s critical that volunteers enjoy team-based work and have the availability to attend regular team meetings. We do not accept anyone currently enrolled in undergrad, or full-time graduate programs. 

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.
    Project Leader Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m.
  • 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.
    Team Member Application Deadline: Monday, October 3 at 5:00 p.m.

View the application here.

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 two additional 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.

2022-23 Classic Project Deadlines (Apply here)

  • Project Leaders – Tuesday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Team Members – Monday, October 3 at 5:00 p.m.
Washington Performing Arts, 2021-22 Compass 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 January through May.

Volunteer applications open mid December.

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 mid-January through May 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 January through May.

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

Serving on a Project

We are looking for enthusiastic and empathetic business professionals who are prepared to partner with nonprofits as they continue to navigate these challenging times. Each team will decide when to hold regular team meetings and will need to determine what works best for them at the outset of the project. Volunteers can expect that most team meetings will be conducted virtually. It’s critical that volunteers enjoy team-based work, and have the availability to attend regular team meetings.

All Compass trainings will be conducted live over Zoom, and we will hold some social and networking events in person. No volunteer will be required to participate in any in-person activities, however, we will 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 mid-December.

Common Good City Farm, 2021-22 Compass Client