Thank you for your interest in applying for a Compass Pro Bono team-based consulting project. Your time is valuable, and we aim to make this process as efficient as possible. Please read this section carefully before proceeding to the application.

Compass Pro Bono grants pro bono consulting services to nonprofits that benefit the Greater Chicago community. Each client receives approximately $65,000 of strategic consulting services - free of charge. Please read this section carefully before proceeding to the application.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. CT

Please be sure that your organization meets each of Compass Pro Bono's eligibility requirements (listed below). Note, Compass Pro Bono does not undertake projects with organizations who anticipate working with other pro bono or paid strategy or management consultants during the Compass Pro Bono project. If you have questions or are not certain you qualify, please contact Melissa Lapica, Managing Director, before proceeding. 
  • 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
  • Able to support a team of six consultants during a 5-month engagement
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 click here to schedule a scoping call with Melissa Lapica, Managing Director.

Compass Pro Bono looks for indications that a potential consulting engagement will be completed successfully and have lasting, meaningful impact. These indications include organizational stability, an engaged board that holds regular meetings, capacity of the Executive Director to participate in the project, an engaged Board Chair interested in the proposed project, a well-defined and realistic project scope, and a track record of community impact. When selecting the final roster of clients, Compass Pro Bono considers many factors including geographic diversity, service line diversity, racial diversity of leadership and population served, and representation of a wide range of issue areas.
Compass Pro Bono representatives will contact and interview the Executive Director and Board Chair of applicants that meet the required criteria. Compass Pro Bono will announce final client selections mid-November. Project Leaders and team members will be recruited, matched, and trained in January and teams will begin working in late January. Projects will be completed by May 31, 2024.


Compass Pro Bono only accepts applications through the online SurveyMonkey application form. However, we have provided the application in other formats for offline editing, reading and sharing. Please contact Sam Campbell with any technical questions. 

Thank you again for your interest in Compass Pro Bono. We hope you will not hesitate to reach out to us!

Melissa Lapica
Managing Director
Samantha Campbell
Associate Program Manager