The mission of HBS Community Partners is to empower alumni to use their business management skills for positive social impact. In today’s pandemic, this purpose is more relevant than ever. We have been in contact with local nonprofits and government agencies to see where our skills and expertise could be useful during the COVID-19 crisis. Below are some early opportunities identified. (Note that these opportunities do not generally fall into our traditional consulting or brainstorming construct.)”
We will be updating the list of opportunities as new opportunities arise, so please back regularly for the latest needs. If you are aware of a community organization who could use immediate help leveraging alumni skills, please email Elaine MacDonald.
Financial Crisis Planning
Family Paths provide mental health and supportive services to low-income families and children throughout Alameda County. We anticipate mental health needs will only escalate and risks for child abuse will only go up. Our cash flow is being severely impacted with this uncertainty and we want to keep our staff employed throughout this crisis to do the essential work. We’d like to secure a cash reserve for emergencies. We can use help with researching other possibilities besides the SBA, an equity line of credit and mortgaging our building, as well as assessing the financial implications of each option.
Junior State of America
Junior State of America strengthens democracy by preparing high school students for lifelong involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. With COVID-19, we’ve canceled many of our in-person programs resulting in a $1M revenue loss. Now, we want to test digital methodologies to achieve our mission, including web-based learning, online curriculum and virtual gatherings. Is there anyone at HBS Community Partners who is an expert at building digital capacity? We are particularly interested in investing in programming such as interactive webinars, digital convenings, and online curriculum.
City of San José
Supply Chain/Food Distribution Expert
The City of San José has organized a Futures team to forecast what the city’s and Santa Clara county’s critical needs will be a few weeks ahead. Scaling food distribution will be a critical need, as current providers like Second Harvest Food Bank will not be able to meet the impending demand. How can the city leverage the private sector to source, prepare, and deliver food at scale safely? A logistics/supply chain/food distribution executive is desired.
City of San José Emergency Services
Data Science Modeling
The City of San José has organized a Futures team to forecast what the city’s and Santa Clara county’s critical needs will be a few weeks ahead. One core need is a model that would track the spread of COVID-19 and inform the city’s emergency services to respond accordingly. Data is being collected now, but immediate help is needed with modeling and forecasting.
Montalvo Arts Center
Delivering the arts virtually
The Montalvo Arts Center is a beloved institution that creates and presents arts of all types, nurtures artists, and uses its historic property in innovative ways. 60% of its budget is funded by earned revenue sources (event ticket sales, weddings, etc.). Given that large scale events have been banned, it is facing a dramatic decline in cash. It would like a team to help explore what a virtual platform of the arts would look like. How can it carry on its mission on a virtual basis while earning proceeds?
HBS Community Partners
Nonprofit leaders during times of crisis
We’re searching for alumni who have served as Board members or executives at a nonprofit during a time of economic crisis. Our goal is to create a webinar consisting of panelists who have experience navigating challenging times at a nonprofit and who can provide useful advice to the many community organizations currently facing the effects of COVID-19 on their core operations.