Brainstorm Sessions: Client Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for a Brainstorm Session with HBS Community partners, your organization should:

  • be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission which benefits the community generally;
  • be in operations for over a year;
  • should be a non-religious or political organization.


1–Inquiry and Application — Clients who are interested in applying for an HBS Community Partners brainstorming session should download an application and send it to Elaine MacDonald, Community Partners Executive Director at  We will promptly contact you to have an initial conversation to explore the project’s fit for a brainstorming session.

Brainstorming Session Timelines:

Application Deadline Session Dates
Oct 1st Nov/Dec
Mar 1st Apr/May
May 1st Jun/Jul


2—Set Dates and Location – After the application has been approved, we will confirm a date and location with the organization.  Brainstorming sessions take place during lunchtime (11:30am-1:30pm) or after work (6:00-8:00pm) and usually take place at a location that is convenient for participants to access from work.

3—Meeting Requirements – 

  • The organization will provide some brief background materials at least 2 weeks in advance to help prepare the participants to engage in a discussion focused on the brainstorming topic.
  • The organization will also provide a simple meal (lunch or dinner) for the participants.
  • The organization will provide a meeting space at a convenient location.

4—Meeting Structure – The meeting will be co-facilitated by HBS Community Partners and the Client in the following format: 

  • Introduction – 15 minutes (bios will be distributed in advance)
  • Brief Overview of the Organization by Client – 15 minutes
  • Open Discussion/Brainstorming – 90 minutes

Please select Non-Profit Inquiry below if you are a non-profit interested in applying for a brainstorming session.  Select Volunteer Now if you are interested in volunteering for a session.

To download a brainstorming application click here.