Introduction

Thank you for continuing your work in our communities during this challenging time. Whether you have paused services, adjusted your programs, or are seeking ways to adapt, Compass can provide a trusted partner in the process. We are currently accepting requests for pro bono consulting services from nonprofits that meet Compass' three basic requirements:
  • Registered IRS 501(c)3 Nonprofit
  • Does not promote religious beliefs or political parties/movements
  • Local Mission - Serves the Chicago community
The following short form will help us understand your organization’s most urgent needs for a pro bono consulting project. We will use this information to identify professionals with relevant experience and expertise that matches your needs. We have two options: Thought Partners and On Demand projects.

Thought Partner
We know Executive Directors and CEOs have many urgent decisions to make regarding programming, staffing, and finances. Compass will introduce you to a seasoned business professional who is available on a one-time or ongoing basis to help you think through challenges, discuss options, and consider actions. An experienced professional can help you strategize a path forward by bringing new insights and a trusted ear. These conversations can address immediate issues or general concerns you have about your organization. In a confidential setting, this connection provides an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to brainstorm ideas and consider solutions with an experienced, objective person whose only interest is to support you.

On Demand Consulting Projects
The pro bono On Demand Consulting Projects aim to address a single issue and provide information or options for you in two to six weeks. We will connect you with an individual, or small team, with the relevant experience to understand your challenge quickly and provide a tailored product to meet your needs. While you will request a type of project on this form, the details of the project will be finalized in early discussions between you and the volunteer matched to your organization. Detailed project descriptions are located below, or can be found here.

Please Note: We have currently paused staffing on our On Demand services until our core programming has kicked off. If you fill out an application for On Demand services, we will reach out to you in early fall. We look forward to serving your organization.  

Natalie Tessler
Executive Director, Chicago
ntessler@compasschicago.org
(773) 848-1706
Melissa Lapica
Program Manager
mlapica@compasschicago.org
(201) 838-7510
Danny Merz
Development and Operations Associate
dmerz@compassdc.org
(631) 804-1329
 

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* 1. Organization Name

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* 2. Contact Information

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* 3. Executive Director Information

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* 4. Person completing application (if not ED)

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* 5. Are you interested in being connected to a Thought Partner?

Please read through the descriptions of the following On Demand Consulting projects. You can select up to three projects of need. Please list the projects in order of priority in Question 13. We will make every effort to accommodate your priorities, but will have to match projects based on the available skills of our volunteers.

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* 6. Finance – Evaluating the impact of the current crisis on an organization’s finances

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* 7. Fundraising – Supporting efforts to continue fundraising during the crisis

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* 8. Communications - Maintaining visibility and relevance to donors and constituents

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* 9. Technology - Supporting the productivity of boards and staff; connecting to stakeholders

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* 10. Programs – Assessing short- and long-term sustainability

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* 11. Human Resources – Addressing issues related to staff

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* 12. If you have an idea for a different project that could utilize the skills of business professionals, please describe:

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* 13. Please rank your selected project(s) in order of priority. 
Please note: we will make every effort to accommodate your priorities, but will have to match projects based on the available skills of our volunteers.

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