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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Tuesday, July 30th, 11:30am—1:30pm, San Francisco

10,000 Degrees is a leading college success organization that helps Bay Area students from low income backgrounds get to and through college. Powered by its Fellowship program which employs recent college graduates, it has supported over 10,000 students and families through peer advising, college prep training, and financial aid management. Currently, the organization operates with centralized functions, but as it expands geographically, it is seeking advice on whether a centralized model is the most effective way to manage the growing organization, or if it should move to a regional model, and how that might look.

Wednesday, August 21st, 11:30am—1:30pm, Peninsula taps the talent of people 50+ as a force for good, matching skilled, seasoned professionals with social sector organizations in high-impact, paid assignments. Since its founding in 2009, close to 2,000 Encore Fellows have delivered over 2 million hours of talent, valued at $200 million to the social purpose sector across the nation. With the growing population of 65+ individuals, it would appreciate brainstorming on how to increase visibility and reach with a limited budget to those 50+ interested in transitioning to work in the social sector.

Tuesday, August 20th, 11:30am—1:30pm, San Francisco

GiveLight Foundation helps orphan children around the world with housing, education, and sustenance. Founded after the 2004 Asia Tsunami, to date it has reached over 1,000 orphaned children across countries like Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, United States, and Haiti. Its efforts have been featured in the media, and it has been recognized by companies such as PayPal and P&G. To create a sustainable organization, it wishes strategic support on how to narrow its focus and unlock sustainable funding options.

Wednesday, August 14th, 12:00—2:00pm, San Francisco

The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is a non-sectarian institution that educates PhD and MA students in inter-religious studies (including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.), covering a broad range of historical, traditional, and emerging areas. A collaborator with UC Berkeley, it is one of the largest PhD programs in religious and interreligious studies in the country. With the declining interest in a formal graduate level study of religion in the U.S., it is exploring how to evolve its business model to address a broader audience such as corporations and organizations in the areas of ethics, sustainability, and spirituality. GTU seeks input on how to launch a strategic planning process that would guide its thinking on a new education paradigm.

Monday, July 8th, 11:30am—1:30pm, Peninsula

Landmark College is a higher education institution exclusively for students who learn differently, including students with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is recognized as the best residential college for neurodivergent students in the U.S. Based in Vermont, Landmark has received numerous strong requests for expansion on the West Coast, as many parents are unable to send their children to Vermont. The need to care for adult children has grown and Landmark College would like help in assessing a market entry strategy, including what potential partners it could work with to establish a stronger presence on the West Coast.

Thursday, July 11th, 11:30am—1:30pm, Peninsula

Living Unlimited creates and manages permanent housing for adults with special needs, creating sustainable, inclusive communities where people with and without disabilities live, work, and care for each other with mutual respect and dignity. The need for this service is clear, yet expanding affordable housing communities with enough support staff is a significant challenge financially. It is seeking help with maintaining a sustainable fundraising strategy and a plan on how to find altruistic investors who may be interested in supporting Living Unlimited.

Monday, August 19th, 11:30am—1:30pm, Oakland

The Pacific Institute is a global water and climate research organization that combines science-based leadership with outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts to develop sustainable water policies. It is a respected leader in identifying sustainable solutions that minimize adverse social and environmental impacts. It has recently defined a 2030 organization goal that expands its strategic direction, and would like help in identifying the key strategic elements the organization should focus on during the near, mid, and long-term that would set the stage for the ensuing strategic planning process of which it is about to embark.

Tuesday, August 27th, 6:00—8:00pm, San Francisco

Wu Yee delivers a comprehensive range of child development, family, and provider services through 12 childhood development centers in San Francisco that serve primarily low-income families in areas such as the Tenderloin, Western Addition, Potrero Hill, Bayview Hunter’s Point, Visitacion Valley, and Ocean/Merced/Ingleside. It is a multicultural, city-wide agency serving over 7,000 children, parents, and educators. To ensure sustainability and stability, it would like to diversify its revenue sources and obtain help with a funding strategy, with a focus on finding major individual donors who have an interest in early care and education.