INTRODUCTION

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Compass pro bono consulting project. Compass grants pro bono consulting services to nonprofits that benefit the greater Chicago community. Each client receives approximately $60,000 of strategic consulting services - free of charge. Please read this section carefully before proceeding to the application.
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 5pm CT

CHECK YOUR ORGANIZATION’S ELIGIBILITY: Please be sure that your organization meets each of Compass’ eligibility requirements. If you are not certain you qualify, please contact Compass before proceeding.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Registered IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
  • Local mission - nonprofit work benefits the Greater Chicago community.
  • Mission does not promote specific religious beliefs or political party/movement.
  • Minimum budget of $100,000 and two full-time equivalent staff

SCOPING CONVERSATION: We strongly encourage you to sign up for a scoping conversation. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your organizational priorities and challenges in order to help you decide what type of project would work best for you. Applicants usually find completing the application much easier after a scoping conversation. Please contact Melissa Lapica, Managing Director at mlapica@compasschicago.org to schedule a time which works for you.

 
SELECTION CRITERIA: Compass looks for indications that a potential consulting engagement will be completed successfully and have lasting, meaningful impact. These indications include organizational stability, regular Board meetings, capacity of the Executive Director to participate in the project, an engaged Board Chair supportive of the proposed project, a well-defined and realistic project scope, and a track record of community impact.
 
Compass does not undertake projects with organizations that anticipate working with other pro bono or paid strategy or management consultants during the Compass project.

CLIENT SELECTION AND PROJECT TIMELINE: Compass representatives will contact and interview the Executive Director and Board Chair of applicants that meet the required criteria. Compass will announce final client selections mid-November. Project Leaders and team members will be recruited, formed, and trained in January and teams will begin working in late January. Projects will be completed by May 31, 2023.

CONFIDENTIALITY: All information in this application will be kept confidential within Compass and, if selected, with the project team.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & SUPPORT
Compass only accepts applications through the online SurveyMonkey application form. However, we have provided the application in other formats for offline editing, reading and sharing. 
  • PDF Document: The PDF version allows you to read the entire application, including all project descriptions, without completing and advancing through various pages (as required in SurveyMonkey).
  • Word Document: We have provided a Word version as some applicants like to work on the application off-line for easy editing and sharing internally.
Please contact Melissa Lapica (mlapica@compasschicago.org) with any technical problems or questions.

THANK YOU
Thank you again for your interest in Compass. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Melissa Lapica
Managing Director, Consulting Programs
mlapica@compasschicago.org
(201) 838-7510

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