Greater Washington

On Board for Nonprofits

Compass’ On Board program focuses on strengthening nonprofit boards by matching business professionals to nonprofits that need board members. Compass recognizes the critical role that boards play for nonprofits. We often hear of the challenge that nonprofits face in trying to recruit qualified board members and help board members understand their role.

Why On Board? The On Board program supports nonprofits in achieving many of their board development goals:

  • Access to skilled business professionals
  • Ability to diversify board composition
  • Broadened corporate connections
  • “Board-ready” candidates
  • Access to new potential funding sources
  • Board training through participation in the Sorkin Center Nonprofit Board Training Program

Nonprofit Board Placement. Since the program’s inception in 2014, Compass has placed 148 candidates onto the boards of 92 nonprofits, with 29 nonprofits taking more than one On Board candidate.

Nonprofit Considerations

 Nonprofits interested in finding a board member should:

  • Be a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission that benefits the Greater Washington, D.C. community and does not promote a specific religion, or religious or political beliefs.
  • Have a Board of Directors with an engaged board chair and regular board meetings
  • Have Directors and Officers insurance
  • Have a minimum annual budget of $750,000
  • Be in a position to take on new board members

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For questions or to receive information about applying for On Board, please contact Nalini Rogers, Director of On Board, at (202) 450-4312 or nrogers@compassdc.org

“This was an excellent training which reaffirmed my own commitment to board service and helped me to assess how I can be a more effective board member.”

SORKIN CENTER TRAINING ATTENDEE