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Vol. 13, No. 4
December 2016

In a Place Not of Our Making
Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we didn't cause, we don't like, and we didn't expect. My oldest son is not a political being, despite having grown up in Washington, DC. He won't argue politics with anyone, refusing to judge people by their political affiliation. He is a kind-hearted person, who sees the best in everyone. The irony isn't lost on me that he is the one of my three children at a college in the middle of a national political controversy.  You may have heard that Hampshire College has been embroiled in a situation about the U.S. flag. My son, who was away from campus when the situation started, seems to be doing fine, while I sit miles away reading emails from the college about campus security, the media, and protests.
The election that is just behind us has caused many unexpected consequences already. Compass is a non-religious, non-political organization. We don't take sides, but rather stay true to our mission to support nonprofits doing important work in our local communities. I couldn't help but notice in the weeks after the election that I hardly spoke to a nonprofit leader or read an email from a nonprofit, association or foundation that didn't refer to the election and the concerns about what could be ahead for the sector.
Uncertainty makes people worry, and change brings anxiety. A sector that is already overworked and under-resourced is now wondering about the next shoe to drop. Whether it actually happens or not isn't the point. The reality is that people feel anxious not knowing whether there will be more need for their services and fewer dollars to go around to make the work possible.
In my experience, when people are anxious, worried and concerned, it is not the time to stand aside or wait to see what happens. This is the time to step up. As an advocate for nonprofits, I'd like to encourage everyone to redouble their support for nonprofits. An extra donation, a call to check in, taking an Executive Director to lunch just to say thanks. This is the year to give more.
At Compass, we see the incredible work being done by the nonprofits in our community every day. We have sent more than 300 professionals into the nonprofit sector this year to provide pro bono consulting to local nonprofits in the Washington and Philadelphia areas. We are so thankful for these talented professionals who are willing to give their time to help their local nonprofits and the community overall. We are also so grateful for the support we receive from our donors, foundations, and corporate partners that allow us to fulfill our mission.
I hope this year you will consider contributing to local nonprofits in a way that is meaningful for you - to Compass directly or to other nonprofits working in our community. Together we can make a difference for people and nonprofits in need of assistance. 
At Compass' recent 15th Anniversary Celebration, I told the guests there will always be people who need the services of nonprofits, there will always be nonprofits ready to serve them, and there will always be nonprofits that need the services of Compass. Compass will continue to bring together the nonprofit world and the business world because we are part of both worlds, and both worlds need each other.
Every December, despite the happenings around me, the holiday season makes me feel hopeful. I continue to believe that people and businesses will step up, and that good things will happen.  The ability to effect positive change is in our capabilities. That's how we find ourselves in a place of our making.

I wish you a joyful holiday season and all the best for 2017!

We're thrilled to have the following talented business professionals leading our Greater Philadelphia pro bono consulting teams:  

Lisa Dutton (Wharton), Broad Street Ministry 
Jonathan Connell (Duke), Center for Literacy  
Namita Kalyan (Duke), Center for Literacy 
Anne Andres (Wharton), Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance 
Mike Viola (Wharton), La Comunidad Hispana 
Evelyn Eskin (Wharton), Maternity Care Coalition 
Michele Molano (Wharton), Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Chris Wigoda (Darden), Mighty Writers
Jayneel Patel (Duke), Nationalities Service Center
Harmeet Arora (Chicago), PathWays PA
Steve Laux (Wharton), Philadelphia Assistive Technology Foundation 
Leslie Mitts (Wharton), Women Against Abuse


Did you know that many Compass volunteers who donate their time to local nonprofits also provide a financial contribution to Compass? So far this year, 265 volunteers have made financial contributions to support Compass. We couldn't provide our unique pro bono consulting program without the infrastructure and staff to carefully select, train and support our clients and volunteers.


We appreciate our volunteers for ALL their support, but we can't do our work with their support alone. Please join this year's volunteers by making a tax-deductible donation to Compass. You can make a secure donation here: 


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Thank you for supporting Compass, which allows us to support the many nonprofits that we serve and the many people with whom they work. 


With holiday shopping on your mind, don't forget that you can send extra financial support to Compass using AmazonSmile. When you do your holiday shopping through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Friends of Compass. Bookmark this  link  and support us every time you shop.
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 who help spread the word about Compass. We are grateful for their support:    

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

Thank you to these corporate partners for assistance recruiting volunteers this year: 

Blank Rome
First Trust 
Morgan Lewis
ZS Associates  

Thank you to our foundation supporters: 

Connelly Foundation
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
Douty Foundation
Hassel Foundation
Independence Foundation
MKM Foundation
The Philadelphia Foundation

Thank you to our Corporate Supporters:



And our Project Launch Sponsor,