Greater Washington

Consulting Services

Client Application

The client application is now closed, and will open again next spring.

If you have any questions about our projects, please contact Hallie Smith at

How do I know if I need a Compass project? How can Compass help my organization fulfill its mission?

Selection Criteria

  • Financial stability, engaged governing board, an ED with capacity for the project, Board Chair interest in project, community impact, and a well-defined and realistic scope.
  • Diversity of geography (near the immediate metropolitan area), service line diversity, and a wide range of issue areas.
  • We rarely accept clients with an interim ED. We defer projects if the ED leaves during the project.

Eligibility: 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations,  minimum budget of $750,000, three full-time paid staff members, active Board of Directors, ED different from the Board Chair, and a mission that benefits Greater Washington.

We do not accept clients that promote specific religious or political beliefs.

Application Process

  • Client applications open mid-April with a deadline in June.
  • From June to August, Compass interviews the Executive Director and Board Chair of all applicants that meet the basic criteria to determine the readiness for a Compass project.
  • Compass announces clients in mid-August.
  • Project Leaders begin working with clients in September. Teams will be formed, trained, and working by late October, with projects completed before June.

If you would like to be added to our email list to receive updates about next year’s application, please contact us