We leverage each team’s unique intellectual capital and business talent, customizing every project to meet client needs. The result is a mutually rewarding experience — for alumni who want to impact the social good, and for our non-profit clients who need professional help.
A typical pro bono consulting project:
- Addresses business-related issues within the organization such as strategic planning, organizational development, finance, and marketing.
- Is focused, to be completed by a volunteer team of 3-5 consultants working 2-4/hrs per week individually over 3-5 months.
- Is designed to create significant strategic impact on the organization.
- Excludes direct fundraising activities.
Specific types of projects include:
- Strategic Planning Process
- Market Assessment
- Operational Review
- Business Planning
- Board Governance
- Financial Sustainability & Development
- Marketing/Communications/Branding Strategy
- Growth Plan
- Revenue/Earned Income Plan
For a list of former non-profit clients, click here.
Are you a non-profit interested? If so: 1) Click here to check the criteria and deadlines for an organization to qualify for an HBS Community Partners pro bono consulting project. 2) Contact us by clicking on the Non-Profit Inquiries button at the bottom of this page to preview the project scope with us. 3) Download the application and submit before the deadlines listed.
Are you a volunteer inspired to make an impact? If so: 1) View the list below of current projects open for recruiting. 2) Click the Volunteer Now button below and indicate the specific project you’d like to join. You will be contacted with next steps, which will include filling out a brief questionnaire and participating in a short phone interview.
Bay Area Cancer Connections (Growth Plan) — Supports people touched by breast or ovarian cancer by providing comprehensive, personalized services in an atmosphere of warmth and compassion. A trusted resource in the breast cancer arena, last year it served 1,700 individuals alone. It seeks an assessment on how to grow based on its strengths, expertise, and organizational capacity. For instance, should it expand and serve all women’s cancers, or go deeper in its present expertise – breast cancer? (Peninsula)
Exploratorium (Retail Revenue Strategy) — Is a public learning laboratory in San Francisco exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. It has won numerous awards and recognition and has set the standard for science museums since its inception in 1969. It is seeking support in growing its retail revenues—a key stream of income—with a focus on creating a refreshed ecommerce strategy that would not only bolster on-line sales, but also build out the membership / donor pipeline. (San Francisco)
Latino Community Foundation (Marketing Strategy) — Is the only statewide foundation focused on investing and connecting Latino leaders in California, inspiring philanthropy in Latino communities and leading transformative solutions for change. Given the current climate on Latino welfare, it is imperative for LCF to develop and create fresh messaging strategies and tactics for different donor audiences to support increased fundraising that will lead to increased support for Latino communities in need. (San Francisco)
Music for Minors (Strategic Planning) – Provides K-5th students with diverse, high-quality musical experiences that are: engaging and participatory, based on state music education standards, a foundation for further choral and instrumental music education, and cost-effective (regardless of district/school resources). It has witnessed a three-fold growth in the past six years, now serving over 24,000 elementary children. It is seeking a strategic plan extension that will help guide which growth opportunities to pursue. (Peninsula)
The Nature Conservancy (Market Assessment) —Conserves the land and waters on which all life depends worldwide. Regulations passed last year in California require surface water usage by large water users such as farms to be monitored and reported. As in the healthcare market, the new regulation has the potential to create a large, new market in need of technical innovation to collect data, process, monitor and track water usage. It seeks thought leadership on how best to leverage the Conservancy’s unique assets to help shape the development of this nascent market, to advance both environmental and economic objectives at the same time. (San Francisco)
New Story (Strategic Operations Assessment) — Builds homes and communities for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Its goal is to create a “playbook” for best practices in building for vulnerable populations that can be used by governments, NGOs, private contractors, and other stakeholders. New Story has enjoyed strong funding, but new housing construction timelines are inconsistent given the realities of long distance construction and overseas partners. It seeks a strategic look at its operations to identify opportunities for efficiencies and to help craft consistent construction processes/timelines with partners and donors as it grows. (San Francisco)
Project Open Hand (Market Assessment) — Is the first and largest provider of food & nutrition services to people with HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer in the U.S. Today it provides 7 different medically tailored diets that work in tandem with a client’s medical regimen and nutritional needs. Having proven the impact of its model of care in a recent research study with the UCSF School of Medicine, it now would like to better understand its competitive landscape, its points of differential value and its ability to generate new donated and earned revenue in that landscape. (San Francisco)
Scout—University of California (Marketing Strategy)—Is UC’s online high school program charged with serving California high school students across the state, and especially educationally disadvantaged students. With over 1,000 high schools in California and limited resources, not all California’s public schools know that Scout exists as a resource for them. It is seeking a marketing strategy plan to help identify the most efficient ways of reaching its target audience (schools) and with what messaging strategies to build awareness and foster on-going relationships. (South Bay)
Teen Success (Expansion Strategy) —Helps teen mothers and their children become educated, self-sufficient, and valued members of society. 94% of members who completed its program graduated from high school or were on track to do so at program completion (compared to 40% of teen mothers nationally). It is seeking a market assessment to help with its strategic decisions around expansion, accounting for market needs, competitive activity, and the funding landscape. (Peninsula)
Walk San Francisco (Strategic Planning) – Promotes walking as a safe and sustainable form of transportation that increases the city’s livability, enhances public life, and improves public and environmental health. It partners with city agencies, residents, nonprofits, and businesses to redesign the city’s most dangerous streets and address inequities where seniors, children, and the underserved are at greatest risk. Having grown rapidly in the past three years, it is seeking help in defining its three year strategic plan and seven year vision with a theory of change to achieve its vision. (San Francisco)