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2019-20 Micro Project Roster
4615 Theatre Company
4615 Theatre Company is committed to reinvigorating classic pieces as well as staging provocative contemporary plays, while also giving young artists a space to collaborate and push the boundaries of conventional theatre.
4615 Theatre Company is seeking an INCUBATOR project to further engage younger audiences and to devise a strategy to pursue county and state funding.
The Anacostia Playhouse is both a rental facility as well as a producing organization that brings access to the arts in a traditionally underserved area of Washington, DC.
Anacostia Playhouse is seeking a SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS project which will analyze its short- and long-term sustainability.
Anacostia Watershed Society
The Anacostia Watershed Society advocates for the protection and restoration of the Anacostia River and its watershed communities through environmental education, stewardship, and community engagement.
The Anacostia Watershed Society is seeking a BOARD DEVELOPMENT project to perform a board gap and performance assessment.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop seeks to build community through the arts by hosting classes for children and adults, as well as providing gallery and theater spaces to the community.
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is seeking a STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT project for mission and vision development.
Chamber Dance Project
The Chamber Dance Project is a company of professional artists dedicated to redefining and expanding access to contemporary ballet.
The Chamber Dance Project is seeking a FUNDING STRATEGY project to examine cultivation strategies that increase donor contributions.
Sector Study: Community Engagement in the Arts
Many of the Washington area’s major arts organizations have been creating and growing community engagement programs in recent years, often doing so in isolation. Compass’ project seeks to support their efforts by learning about individual organizations’ programs and about community engagement best practices. The project will be used to identify opportunities for cross-fertilization among arts nonprofits. Findings will be shared with local arts organizations, as well as with institutions that support the arts locally and nationally.
DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
DC Appleseed leverages support from pro bono lawyers, accountants and other professionals to advocate for public policy issues in the National Capital area.
DC Appleseed is seeking a FUNDING STRATEGY project to examine cultivation strategies that increase donor contributions.
Family & Youth Initiative
Family & Youth Initiative creates a caring supportive community of adults and teens by matching youth with host parents and mentors and helping them find adoptive families.
Family & Youth Initiative is seeking a STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT project for mission and vision development.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
GALA Hispanic Theater brings diverse and innovative bilingual programming to the Washington DC region through its Spanish and Latin American plays and performances.
GALA is seeking a BOARD DEVELOPMENT project to perform a board gap and performance assessment.
Gearin’ Up Bicycles
Gearin’ Up Bicycles creates career development opportunities to youth from under-served communities through youth bike nights, technical training programs, and paid internships.
Gearin’ Up Bicycles is seeking a FUNDING STRATEGY project to examine cultivation strategies that increase donor contributions.
Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships.
Genesys Works is seeking a FUNDING STRATEGY project to examine cultivation strategies that increase donor contributions.
Hope House offers programs to prisoners and their families aimed at decreasing recidivism and keeping incarcerated men connected to their families and communities.
Hope House is seeking a BOARD DEVELOPMENT project to review the board’s structure and organization.
Kalanidhi Dance is committed to the preservation, promotion, and education of Kuchipudi, a classical South Indian dance style.
Kalanidhi Dance is seeking a SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS project which will analyze its short- and long-term sustainability.
LIFT – DC
LIFT DC’s mission is to empower families to break the cycle of poverty by pairing members with a trained volunteer who works with them to create actionable goals.
LIFT DC is seeking a FUNDING STRATEGY project which will examine the board’s roles and responsibilities around fundraising.
Literacy Volunteers & Advocates (LVA)
LVA is dedicated to addressing the core problems of adult illiteracy at both the individual and community level through classes, summer programs and one-on-one tutoring.
LVA is seeking a TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY project to assess the feasibility of and create a roadmap for a Digital Literacy Project.
Live It Learn It
Live It Learn It partners with schools and cultural institutions to create and deliver experiential learning opportunities for students in order to increase students’ self-efficacy, motivation, and achievement.
Live it Learn it is seeking a FUNDING STRATEGY project which will analyze an earned income venture.
Mamatoto Village is devoted to creating career pathways for Women of Color in the field of public health and human services; and providing perinatal support services.
Mamatoto Village is seeking a TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY project to examine new digital solutions.
McLean Project for the Arts (MPA)
MPA’s mission is to exhibit the work of emerging and established artists; to promote public awareness and understanding of the concepts of contemporary art; and to offer instruction and education in the visual arts.
MPA is seeking a STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT project to research best practices for their art education programs.
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation celebrates literature and fosters connections between readers and writers to enrich and inspire both individuals and communities.
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is seeking a BOARD DEVELOPMENT project to perform a board gap and performance assessment.
PAL (People. Animals. Love)
PAL uses the human-animal bond to brighten the lives of the lonely, ease the pain of the sick, and enrich the world of at-risk children.
PAL is seeking a TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY project to assess existing technology capabilities throughout the organization.
The Platform of Hope
The Platform of Hope helps low-income families define and pursue success by providing them a support platform of coordinated resources in a close-knit community experience.
The Platform of Hope is seeking a SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS project which will analyze its short- and long-term sustainability.
PRS provides mental health, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.
PRS is seeking a BOARD DEVELOPMENT project to perform a board gap and performance assessment.
Through uncommon uses of environment and passionate performances, Rorschach Theatre seeks to lure its audiences beyond the limits of ordinary theatrical experience.
Rorschach Theatre is seeking a TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY project to assess existing technology capabilities.
Silver Spring, MD
SEEC provides an array of services that help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to direct their lives with dignity, choice, authority and responsibility.
SEEC is seeking a BOARD DEVELOPMENT project to perform a board gap and performance assessment.
Spooky Action Theater
Spooky Action Theater is a dynamic, young theater company that has been recharging the audience’s imaginative, intuitive, and emotional core by linking artists and audiences.
Spooky Action Theater is seeking a TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY project to assess existing technology capabilities.
Tzedek’s mission is to safeguard the legal rights of low-income DC residents dealing with often unjust, abusive, and illegal debt collection practices, as well as other consumer protection problems like credit reporting issues, identity theft, and predatory lending.
Tzedek is seeking a SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS project which will analyze its short- and long-term sustainability.
Washington Stage Guild
The Washington Stage Guild is a professional company of theatre artists dedicated to producing literate, challenging works in a collegial and supportive atmosphere.
The Washington Stage Guild is seeking a BOARD DEVELOPMENT project to perform a board gap and performance assessment.
Yachad’s mission is to bring communities together by preserving affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan area.
Yachad is seeking a TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY project to assess existing technology capabilities.
Micro Service Lines:
BOARD DEVELOPMENT projects improve board effectiveness and engagement to sustain a high-performing board. Compass helps the Board build a foundation for governance, recruitment, training, committee structures, and meeting practices.
FUNDING STRATEGY projects help nonprofits broaden or deepen their sources of revenue and work toward long-term sustainability through effective fundraising. These projects can recommend untapped sources for funding, screen out less promising sources, recommend improved communication, or evaluate earned income ventures. (Applicants must have a current strategic plan in place.
The Compass team will work with a small nonprofit to accelerate growth by addressing the client’s most pressing needs. Incubator projects provide volunteers a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful way with a small and/or early stage nonprofit and have a significant impact on the trajectory of the organization.
STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT projects help nonprofits articulate their strategic goals, so the entire organization is aligned. These projects examine mission, vision, programs, targeted beneficiaries, desired changes, strategic objectives and supporting activities, as well as the alignment of financial/staff resources and strategic priorities. The exact focus varies depending on each client’s needs and situation
The Compass team will analyze the short- and long-term sustainability of nonprofit organizations. The team will provide a 3-5 year strategic financial plan, highlighting places of strength as well as risk factors. Also will provide information about the competitive landscape and environmental factors that may affect the organization now or down the line. Evaluation will help nonprofits understand their own sustainability so they can plan ahead to manage risk.
These projects will determine how the organization can 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 or may focus more narrowly on how data collection and analytics can better enable strategic decision-making. These projects will assess and provide recommendations for staffing, processes, and technology associated with the organization’s stated project objective.