Current Brainstorming Sessions

Volunteer for two hours to help a Bay Area nonprofit solve a critical challenge. These sessions are designed to give HBS alumni the opportunity to make an impact in an energizing, session—similar to analyzing a case study at HBS! Join a small group of fellow alumni over lunch or dinner to learn about the nonprofit and provide meaningful advice.

Volunteer Now
Tuesday, June 6th, 11:30-1:30pm, San Francisco, an international non-profit organization co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, launched WaterEquity, a social impact investing initiative which raises and deploys social investment capital to high growth, purpose-driven enterprises, including microfinance institutions, serving the water and sanitation needs of the world’s poor. Its WaterCredit program has empowered more than 4.5 million people to gain access to safe water and sanitation through small, affordable loans.  Its next fund needs raise $50M, and is seeking guidance on how to find investors willing to make a 3.5% IRR on social impact investments and the different approaches to different investor classes.

American River Conservancy
Friday, June 9th, 11:30-1:30pm, San Francisco

The American River Conservancy (ARC) serves communities by ensuring healthy ecosystems within the Upper American and upper Cosumnes River Watersheds through land conservation, stewardship and education.  It has managed over 90 land preservation projects protecting over 24,800 acres, and is currently performing land stewardship for over 14,000 acres.  Government grant funding is being cut significantly, so the ARC would like ideas on how to secure new sources for sustainable funding.

The Dibble Institute
Monday, June 19th, 11:30-1:30pm, San Francisco

Named one of America’s top-performing non-profit organizations on the Social Impact 100 Index in 2012, the Dibble Institute strives to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to lead healthy romantic lives now, and in the future. Dibble translates research into practical teaching tools, provides training to educators, and acts as an advocate at local, state, and national levels for youth to learn healthy relationship skills.  Since 2009, its programs have received six Association of American publisher awards.  It would like help in understanding how to best utilize social media and email campaigns to increase reach.

My Digital TAT2
Monday, July 17th, 11:30—1:30pm, Peninsula

My Digital TAT2 helps schools and communities address how to build the healthy habits and critical thinking skills we need to integrate technology into our lives in a constructive way. It provides education workshops to children, teens and adults. Initially conceived to address school bullying, it migrated its focus to social media and how to use technology for social good. It seeks help in narrowing its unique value proposition, as well as brainstorming the pros and cons of different revenue models (e.g. fee for service, donations, etc.)

Tuesday, August 15th, 6:00-8:00pm, San Francisco

LavaMae disrupts the way communities see and serve people moving through homelessness by bringing critical services — delivered with radical hospitality — to the street through programs such as our mobile hygiene service and our new Pop-Up Care Villages.  Beyond its success in San Francisco serving 4,200+ homeless since 2014, it has opened a branch in Los Angeles and is developing an OpenSource toolkit to respond to the 1,500+ global requests to share its model around the world.  Given its incredible success and demand for replication, it would like upfront guidance on how to think about the new strategic direction it should take.