Since 2001, Friends of Compass has developed an exceptional track record of delivering invaluable capacity-building consulting services to nonprofits: over 2,000 business professionals have volunteered on 400 projects for 300 local nonprofits. The value of their time and labor averages $150,000 per project, but Compass provides all services at no charge. At the end of a project, nonprofit leaders have an objective and clear understanding of their own organization and a strong plan for moving into the future. In turn, each member of the Compass team develops a deep and personal commitment to the nonprofit world perhaps for the first time. Every nonprofit is different and Compass makes sure that each one has the time and team to make a real difference: by carefully screening applications from nonprofits, selecting a Project Leader to manage and motivate the team, and recruiting and training volunteers with the right education and experience. Smaller nonprofits truly flourish with high-level guidance and long-term support. A gift to Compass is a gift to all of them.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition



Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Friends of Compass is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

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