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Review for Compass, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm in my 7th consecutive year volunteering for this amazing non-profit. Why? The impact of our work as Compass volunteer/pro-bono strategic business consultants is tremendous. Each year an 8-member volunteer team works with one assigned non-profit between October and June...and we have about 30 teams of 8 volunteers helping about 30 or so non-profits (30 x 8 = about 240 pro-bono consultants)... What do we do? We help non-profits with Funding Strategy, Board Development, Strategic Alignment, and Strategic Planning. Here's one example of impact that I played a big role in... We were doing a Funding Strategy project for the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing (their counselors provide guidance and help folks who have lost loved ones to violence, drug overdose, etc...). We did some surveys of various stakeholders, studied their financial data, built financial models accounting for various funding streams (corporate, foundation, individual, and government) and still weren't seeing a good solution to how we could help them with their funding situation. I noted that they had 4 offices in various areas of DC. They paid a lot of rent. They had a few full-time counselors (who they had to pay benefits to), and some part time counselors (who had full time jobs elsewhere but were just adding some work here to make more $... no benefits needed to be paid to them...) I noticed that the offices could be used more often than they were being used if they just hired more part-time counselors... in essence they were able to double their counseling hours from 2,500 hours per year to 5,000 hours per year, without needing more office space...they just needed to fill a wider range of time-slots for counseling... By doubling their services using non-benefit part time counselors, they actually ended up with a situation where they could not only break even in terms of expenses, but they could make a profit (which they could invest into more programs, etc...) What I'd like to show is that thru the strategic work that Compass does, many non-profits are able to "sharpen the saw" and double or triple their impact. At the end of the day, for non-profits, impact is the name of the game!

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Role:  Volunteer