The Compass Difference

Philanthropy is a driving force for a better today and tomorrow. It fuels change for more unified and equitable communities. At Compass, we have committed ourselves to enabling and harnessing the power of philanthropy for 30+ years, developing nonprofit organizations’ capacity to sustainably raise more money. In organizations that save lives by addressing homelessness and food insecurity. In nonprofits that protect and conserve natural resources and preserve and foster history and culture. In educational and recreational organizations that fuel dreams and open doors to students who’ve historically been denied access.

Philanthropy doesn’t happen on its own. We need to create the right environment for it to thrive for maximum impact. That’s why The Compass Group is committed to engineering philanthropy.

Compass’ extra level of service and proven expertise often spells the difference between fundraising success or failure. We translate ideas into strategies, strategies into action plans, plans into results, and fundraisers into stronger leaders. And although campaigns are usually measured by dollars raised, what really matters is how a campaign enhances an organization’s ongoing ability to make the world a better place—for people, communities, and society.

What else is different about Compass?

  • We’ve been there. With unique backgrounds, a commitment to social justice, and an average of 30+ years in the fundraising industry, our full-time consultants have the experience to be your thought partner.  
  • We’re accountable. Outcomes matter. We own our recommendations and stand by our strategies. You won’t find us issuing change orders and billing hours every time you call. Once you sign on, we’re part of your team.  
  • We’re in it with you. Fundraising is rewarding, but it’s also hard work best done in a supportive and honest environment. We’ll tell you the truth, even when it’s hard to hear. At every turn, during every hiccup, we’re your partner in achieving success.  
  • We have goals for you. Because the nonprofit sector constitutes the quality—and equality—of life in our society, we view our work as much more than a job. It’s a calling. There’s no greater satisfaction than seeing what our collaboration with clients can make happen.  
  • We tailor our proven methods to you. There are dozens of ways to get from point A to point B. We listen to what you need. We work alongside you. And we customize an approach that is right for your organization to meet your goals. 
  • We’re engineers. Drawing on our accumulated knowledge and the lessons we’ve learned, we balance the application of art and science—with people in mind. We partner with you to bridge the gap from where you are today to where you want to be.