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Vol. 14, No. 3
September 2017

Deep in the Heart 

The small sign on the diner in my neighborhood has been the same for the past week. It reads, "Our hearts are with Texas." I also noticed that the window of a small art gallery near my house held just one picture - a large painting of the state flag of Texas. The Lone Star State. I know that flag well. It hung on every public building where I lived for the first 18 years of my life. Being a Texan is an enormous part of my identity. Texans are tough, strong, independent, fiercely loyal, and protective of their own. So it caught me a little by surprise to see the outpouring of concern from my current hometown thousands of miles away.
In thinking about it, I shouldn't have been surprised. As a country we have lived through tragedies. We saw that a beautiful sunny day could turn on a dime when the inexplicable happened 16 years ago this month. We have lived through human violence and the rage of weather. It's hard to watch the photos of those living through the tragedy in Houston, and hard not to watch at the same time especially when many of the photos are of people helping other people. These are people helping those with whom they have no connection other than being caught in a terrible situation at the same time.
I've thought a lot about people helping other people this last week. It's not unusual, because that's actually my job. I'm in a position where I am constantly faced with the best in people. My friends say I have the best job around, and I couldn't agree more. At Compass, we work with amazing nonprofit leaders who spend their days helping others. And we work with incredible business professionals who volunteer their time to help those nonprofit leaders. At Compass, we get to know people every year who want to volunteer on pro bono consulting projects to strengthen their local nonprofits, and by extension, help the people in their local community. We know that people don't just step up in a crisis. People step up every day.
Right now, our Project Leader application is open, as is our Team Member application. We have an exciting list of nonprofit clients this year who are doing incredible work. If you are looking for a way to have an impact on your local community, volunteering on a Compass team lets you make a significant difference where you live. With any luck, the work we do to strengthen our local nonprofits will not only help our communities today, but will help us if something unforeseen happens in the future. I hope you'll consider giving back to the place you call home by volunteering with Compass this year. Through Compass, you have the chance to step up right now.
I know that deep in all of our hearts is the desire to help others in need. We are human. That's what we know. And it's what we do.
Right now, this heart is back home in Texas.

SEPTEMBER 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Compass is seeking MBA graduates from our Partner Business Schools to lead pro bono consulting projects for the amazing nonprofits listed below. If you want to have a personal impact on the broader community, Compass offers a substantive, intellectual experience addressing the unique challenges facing a particular nonprofit.  
Project Leaders spend, on average, three to five hours per week on the Compass project. Project Leaders work closely with the nonprofit Executive Director and Board Chair, and their team of volunteer consultants. 
Project Leader applications are available here:

Compass is also seeking volunteers to serve as Team Members. Team Members spend, on average, two to three hours a week on their projects. 
Team Member application is available here:

Join us for Compass' annual Project Launch!

Thursday, September 28
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Prospective volunteers are invited to meet this year's clients and Project Leaders. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP via Eventbrite here

The short descriptions that follow hardly do justice to the work of these amazing nonprofits. For more details about each client and the specific project they have requested, click here: Client Roster. We also invite you to join us at Compass' Project Launch on September 28 to meet the clients in-person.

Philadelphia, PA
ACHIEVEability strives to permanently break the cycle of poverty for low income, single parent, and homeless families. Strategic Alignment
Philadelphia, PA
ArtWell's mission is to support young people and their communities through arts education. Funding Strategy
Bethesda Project
Philadelphia, PA
Bethesda Project's mission is to find and care for the abandoned poor and to be family with those who have none. Board Development
Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)
Philadelphia, PA
CARIE promotes the well-being, rights and autonomy of older adults through advocacy, education, and action. Funding Strategy
Chester County OIC
West Chester, PA
Chester County OIC opens opportunities for individuals to prepare for sustainable employment and financial independence. Funding Strategy
Community Learning Center
Philadelphia, PA
Community Learning Center helps low-income adults in Philadelphia gain academic and employment skills. Board Development
Family Service Association of Bucks County
Langhorne, PA
Family Service Association focuses on increasing opportunities for adults, protecting seniors, reducing substance abuse, and improving the lives of those with mental illness and HIV/AIDS. Strategic Alignment
Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Interfaith Center's mission is to advance mutual trust, understanding, and cooperation among diverse communities. Funding Strategy
Jounce Partners
Philadelphia, PA
Jounce Partners' mission is to accelerate learning for students in high-need schools. Board Development
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Living Beyond Breast Cancer connects people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. Strategic Partnership & Collaborations
Lutheran Settlement House
Philadelphia, PA
Lutheran Settlement House empowers individuals, families and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through social, educational and advocacy services. Board Development
Montgomery Early Learning Centers
Narberth, PA
Montgomery Early Learning Centers provide high quality early childhood education programs and services offered in a safe and nurturing environment. Strategic Alignment
Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)
Philadelphia, PA
PHENND is a consortium of over 30 colleges and universities working to strengthen service-learning, civic engagement, and community partnerships. Strategic Alignment
Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC)
Philadelphia, PA
SEAMAAC supports and serves immigrants and refugees and other politically, socially and economically marginalized communities. Funding Strategy
Steppingstone Scholars
Philadelphia, PA
Steppingstone Scholars provides rigorous educational programming and support for talented underserved students. Strategic Alignment
Women's Center of Montgomery County
Elkins Park, PA
The Women's Center of Montgomery County focuses on freedom from domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Board Development
Like our clients, Compass is a nonprofit that relies on contributions to ensure we can continue bringing talented business professionals to the nonprofit sector to help individual nonprofits. 
Every $1 donated to Compass provides $9 of consulting services back to local nonprofits. Compass doesn't charge nonprofits for services, so we rely on funding from generous supporters. If you haven't donated to Compass during this 2017-18 project year, please donate now.

We couldn't put together our talented consulting teams without skilled volunteers. We couldn't recruit the amazing volunteers without the support of the local business school clubs. Thank you to the following clubs that help spread the word about Compass. We are grateful for their support:    

Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley 
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business  
Columbia Business School 
Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell 
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Fuqua School of Business at Duke 
Harvard Business School   
Michigan Ross School of Business 
MIT Sloan School of Management 
Northwestern Kellogg School of Management  
NYU Stern School of Business 
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania 
Stanford Graduate School of Business    
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of Texas McCombs School of Business  
University of Virginia Darden School of Business 
Yale School of Management    

Thank you to our Corporate Supporters: 


Thank you to these Corporate Partners for assistance recruiting volunteers this year: 

Blank Rome
Campbell Soup Company
JP Morgan
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
UGI Corporation 
ZS Associates

Thank you to our Foundation Supporters:

Connolly Foundation 
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation 
Douty Foundation 
Falconhead Foundation 
Hassel Foundation 
Lubert Family Foundation
MKM Foundation

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