Beth Dahle, executive director of Compass Philadelphia, during client orientation for her organization, which matches business school graduates and other professionals with nonprofits for pro bono consulting work.
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When the current program year is completed in May, Compass Philadelphia will have deployed more than 430 volunteers on 50 projects, delivering more than million in free consulting services, Dahle said.Alcohol, hors d’oeuvres, soft lighting, men and women moving from table to table and getting to know one another — all the markings of a speed-dating event. Compass Philadelphia is a unique volunteer program that debuted here five years ago in what was the first expansion of a program founded in Washington 15 years ago.Despite its time demands and highly selective screening process — just because you’re interested in volunteering doesn’t mean you’ll be selected (just like dating!They just need to find each other,” said Suzanne Laporte, president of Compass, who came up from Washington for last week’s meet-and-greet. Among those hoping to be picked is Tyler Torres, 26, who even dressed to impress in a dark suit, silk polka-dot pocket square, and Italian leather Magnanni shoes.Later this month, businessfolk who mingled over wine and mini-quiches on the second floor of PAFA during the project launch event will find out whether they were selected to help one of the 16 nonprofits chosen for Compass Philadelphia’s 2017-18 program year. He’s a senior analyst for Mercer LLC, a global health and benefits consulting company.Commitment averages one to five hours a week for eight to nine months, with each of the teams of eight or nine volunteers presenting their recommendations to their nonprofit “clients” in May.