Donor Profile

Nicole & Pete Abernethy - Compass's 1st Recurring Monthly Donors

“I distinctly remember coming away from my first meeting at Compass being really impressed with the clear passion for the overall mission. Every single person I talked to was very clearly on the same page and was very focused on helping the people and clients they serve. It was infectious, contagious.”
Pete Abernethy is an avid Compass supporter and the owner of Joy of the Drive, an independent car buying and maintenance consulting business. He initially began supporting Compass by sharing his automotive expertise with Compass clients. Many Compass clients need a vehicle to get to work or transport their kids to school. Pete provides an unbiased opinion and vital support system throughout the complicated process of buying, maintaining or selling a car. His services are incredibly valuable to many of Compass’s clients. Lucia Reed, a Financial Services Manager and Program Manager at Compass, who works closely with Pete says, “Next to rent, car expenses are typically the second biggest item in a household’s budget. The car industry is also known for its predatory tactics particularly towards families with low incomes. Pete equips clients with the knowledge and resources to go into a car buying situation feeling confident and prepared. Additionally, he is easily approachable and is able to break down complex topics. His enthusiasm for all things cars is contagious. Pete’s humor puts clients at ease and makes it easier for him to build trusting relationships.”


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Since getting involved with Compass, Pete and his wife, Nicole, have become monthly recurring donors. Of their decision to give to Compass, Pete says, “It was a no brainer. When we were talking about where we wanted to give money, Compass was at the top of the list because it is such an incredible organization. It’s crazy to see the numbers and success rates. It’s just astonishing. It’s apparent that what Compass is doing is ground breaking and needs to be supported in whatever capacity possible.” Pete says that they specifically chose to give recurring gifts because of “the idea that recurring gifts help you stay involved. It feels like a more meaningful connection when the donation is monthly and recurring. We feel more involved giving on a regular basis which I think is important.”
What advice does Pete have for others considering giving to Compass? “It’s important to give back to our community and people in need. You don’t have to donate millions of dollars to be philanthropic. Even the smallest gifts are significant. It’s important for people who have the means to give back to give to organizations like Compass because there are so many important things that need to be done. You can’t just sit back and do nothing. If you’re thinking about it, the time to do it is now. Stop thinking about it and just do it!”