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.

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Miracle Messages
Wednesday, November 15th, 6:00-8:00pm, San Francisco

Miracle Messages uses technology to help individuals experiencing homelessness reconnect with their long-lost loved ones.  25% of those who have reconnected with families have successfully moved into stable housing or begun living with family.  Recognized by the New York Times and NPR, and currently in a pilot a program with the City of San Francisco, it is now at an inflection point.  Miracle Messages seeks help in developing a marketing plan of attack to support its fundraising efforts—what are the target groups, what message and data needs to be collected, and in what priority.

Peninsula Youth Theatre
Monday, November 27th, 6:00-8:00pm, Peninsula

Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) provides outstanding theatrical learning experiences for youth that develop leadership, emphasize responsibility, and foster teamwork.  It conducts large scale music productions that reach 20,000 people per season and offers classes and camps in theater and dance.  PYT has been voted as a Best Performing Arts Summer Camp and is recognized by Bay Area Parent magazine.  PYT is seeking board development advice—how to attract new board members and improve clarity on board member roles and responsibilities. 

Alliance for Smiles
Thursday, November 30th, 11:30-1:30pm, San Francisco

Alliance for Smiles (AfS) is an international humanitarian non-profit dedicated to repairing cleft lip and palate anomalies on children around the world. AfS conducts approximately 12 missions a year staffed by medical and nonmedical volunteers across a dozen countries.  Unlike other cleft organizations, it also establishes treatment centers to train locals to continue treatment.  To continue to expand its reach, AfS is seeking guidance on how to prioritize and execute various earned revenue opportunities that can help fuel its growth.

Educate2Envision International
Monday, December 4th, 6:00-8:00pm, San Francisco

Educate2Envision (E2E) operates low cost non-traditional secondary schools for rural youth in Honduras where children often do not attend school beyond sixth grade.  Its program focuses on youth empowerment and entrepreneurship, and its founder has received awards such as Newsweek’s 25 under 25 to Watch for this initiative.  Its coffee venture is a core source of earned income to fund this program, and while E2E has set up the initial infrastructure and supply chain to export coffee from Honduras to the U.S., it would like help with brainstorming its coffee business model to yield the greatest reoccurring income.

Aspire Education Project
Tuesday, December 5th, 6:00-8:00pm, Oakland (BART accessible)

Aspire Education Project is dedicated to the academic excellence of students in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving everyone with equity.  It is the only non-profit tutoring service in the East Bay, advancing educational equity by offering high quality one-on-one and small group tutoring to low income families at no/low cost.  In the last five years they have tripled in size.  Aspire Education Project would like advice on how to grow its board size and capacity to match the growth of the organization.

ENVenture
Friday, December 8th, 11:30-1:30pm, San Francisco

ENVenture is a non-profit, startup social enterprise that empowers rural Community Based Organizations to learn business skills to launch sustainable clean energy enterprises in Uganda. It incubates and trains these organizations to enable them to become last mile distributors for clean energy.  To continue to grow, ENVenture would like help with branding and storytelling to potential funders.

East Bay College Fund
Tuesday, December 12th, 6:00-8:00pm, Oakland (BART accessible)

East Bay College Fund (EBCF) provides disadvantaged Oakland high school students with college advising as well as scholarships for college expenses. Since 2003, EBCF has awarded over 1,100 scholarships to Oakland youth, and has celebrated a graduation rate of 80%.  With the goal of tripling the number of college graduates from Oakland as part of the city’s Oakland Promise, it would like assistance in brainstorming and assessing​​ ​fee-for-service​ ​opportunities​ ​to fund expansion.