Current Brainstorming Sessions

All spring 2022 sessions will be held virtually.

Volunteer Now

Tuesday, April 19th, 8:00-9:30am PST, Virtual

UkraineNow formed in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and mobilized the help of global volunteers to evacuate and provide accommodation for civilians. Through the help of UkraineNow, over 4,000 people have been saved, including 9 children with cancer. Currently, UkraineNow operates entirely through its volunteers and spends all donations on relief efforts. How do they develop a flexible organizational structure and improve communication across teams for greater transparency? (Organizational Development)

Tuesday, April 26th, 12:00-1:30pm PST, Virtual

Founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 2001, North Beach Citizens (NBC) utilizes the talents of the North Beach, San Francisco community to address the needs of its homeless and extremely low-income citizens. They have been successful in providing food, housing, and stability to those who need it most in North Beach, but their main supporters are aging. How do they attract and engage new donors to their organization? (Fundraising)

Wednesday, April 27th, 12:00-1:30pm PST, Virtual

Incorporated as a non-profit in 1985, the Museum of the San Ramon Valley exists to connect the community to the history of the San Ramon Valley.  The constituent base of the Museum is a mostly older population, which they rely on for volunteers, donors, and attendees and that population is diminishing. How do they increase support – in all categories: financial, volunteers, participation? (Marketing)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 12:00-1:30pm PST, Virtual

The Exploratorium is a global leader in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outside of the formal school system. In 2011 they were given the National Science Board Public Service Science Award for their contributions to public understanding of science and engineering, one of the most prestigious national honors in science given to an organization, short of a Presidential Medal. The Exploratorium has a museum facility on San Francisco’s waterfront, which (prior to the pandemic) attracted more than 800,000 visitors a year with over 600 interactive exhibits. Beyond the museum floor, they are a leader in science teacher professional development in the state of California, and they partner with museums around the world to bring Exploratorium-like exhibitions, museums, and galleries to international audiences. One of their top priorities is to develop a clear digital strategy, with a focus on options that can help increase contribution to their bottom line. How do they identify business model options that could be viable, given their strengths and capabilities ? (Digital transformation)

Wednesday, May 4th, 12:00-1:30pm PST, Virtual

Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), founded in 1963, studies the history of the Chinese population in America. It serves as a museum and learning center to inspire a greater appreciation for the collective experience of this population and the larger AAPI / POC community. CHSA would like to engage with younger and more diverse audiences, driving membership and earned revenue and use public space, both real-world and online public space to program outside the walls of the museum to get content into the public sphere in new ways How can they create a new and expanded business model that takes into account a broader set of activities? (Digital transformation)

Tuesday, May 10th, 12:00-1:30pm PST, Virtual

The Knowledge Impact Network provides opportunities for purpose-driven leaders and promising social ventures to exchange their skills, insights, and connections to accelerate progress on urgent global challenges. The organization brings in high-level leaders to solve a critical gap for social impact startups and innovative nonprofits. Should they be more actively leveraging blockchain technology and developing knowledge/impact tokens to capture value created ?  (Web3) Volunteers with Web 3 experience are encouraged to apply.

Tuesday, May 17th, 12:00-1:30pm PST, Virtual

RotaCare provides free medical care to low income communities around the Bay Area. It’s a volunteer organization made up of medical professionals and community members dedicated to providing free, quality primary care services to uninsured families and individuals with limited ability to pay for medical care. The organization is experiencing rapid change as the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected its constituents, and at the same time gave the organization the opportunity to experiment with online care. Do they have the correct skill mix and number of people on the Board of Directors to successfully lead RotaCare Bay Area now and into the future? (Board Development)

Wednesday, May 18th, 12:00-1:30pm PST, Virtual

Heartfit for Life, based in the Peninsula, delivers cardiac rehabilitation and wellness services. The organization provides medically supervised exercise and educational programs dedicated to help reduce the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, with up to 7000 patients treated to date over its 52 year history.  During the pandemic, Heartfit for Life added many of its programs to an online remote offering in addition to its in person classes in Palo Alto. How do they leverage this new distribution method and market their overall capabilities effectively to increase their membership base to 300+ and maintain that at a sustainable level ? (Marketing)

Monday, May 23rd, 12:00-1:30pm PST, Virtual

WINGS Learning Center is a non-public school certified by the State Department of Education to support the educational and therapeutic needs of students ages 5-22 with autism. The organization was founded in 2001 and over 20 school districts around the Bay Area choose to place their students with the highest need for support at WINGS Learning Center. The organization is currently being priced out of real estate on the Peninsula. How do they go about identifying sources of support to help them secure an educational home for these vulnerable students ? (Real estate and fundraising)

Tuesday, May 24th, 12:00-1:30pm PST, Virtual

Peninsula Bridge empowers motivated, low-income students on the Peninsula to achieve college and career success. They do this through individualized support and by providing transformational educational opportunities. Peninsula Bridge would like to review key messaging on their website to target donors, foundations, corporations, and volunteers. The intended audience includes both those already engaged with Peninsula Bridge, and future supporters. With a community flooded with so many similar youth-development organizations, how do they differentiate their value proposition? (Marketing)