Past Events

Volunteer Showcase

May 14, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Wells Fargo Annex in San Francisco

We reunited with team members, heard share-out learnings, and recognized outstanding alumni contributors. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

September 13, 2017, 6:30—9:00pm

California Historical Society, San Francisco

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate. We reunited with team members, heard share-out learnings, recognized outstanding alumni contributors, and enjoyed the artwork and ambiance at the California Historical Society.

We were honored to have as our special guest the Chief Innovation Officer of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, Jay Nath, speak about our alumni impact in San Francisco. It was a wonderful celebration of all the time and talents that were shared with non-profits over the past two years.

Scaling Earned Revenue in Non-profits

April, 20, 2017, 6:00—8:30pm

Cooley LLP, Palo Alto

Today’s climate for non-profits makes the need to develop earned revenue sources more important than ever. Yet lean non-profit organizations often face challenges identifying and capitalizing upon mission-aligned earned income sources. This panel and networking event will provide practical guidance for non-profit leaders and board members interested in exploring and scaling earned income revenue streams.

The program will provide individuals and teams of professionals exposure to strategies, best practices, as well as experts in the field. Non-profit leaders will share their successes and challenges in growing earned revenue.


6:00 – 6:45 PM: Reception and networking (Light appetizers and wine)

6:45 – 8:30 PM: Panel discussion and fireside chat.


Perla Ni, founder of GreatNonprofits

Raquel Pinderhughes, founder of Roots of Success

Doniece Sandoval, founder and CEO of LavaMae

Mark Wexler, co-founder and Executive Director Not for Sale / co-founder and partner Just Business

Moderated by Scott Saslow, HBS ’97, founder Palo Alto Impact Center


HBS alumni, Palo Alto Impact Center professionals and other community members interested in helping to scale the impact of their non-profits.



April 6, 2017, 5:00—7:30pm, San Francisco 

Do you know that two-thirds of HBS alumni join a non-profit board at some point in their careers?  Want to be one of them?

The Board Match® is a casual business networking event where the chief executives and board leaders from a wide range of local non-profits are all in one place looking to meet and recruit talented professionals for their boards of directors. Come meet 175 local nonprofits supporting causes like the arts, education, community health, the environment, youth development, and more.  Serving on a non-profit board can provide fantastic opportunities for personal and professional development. Build new skills, network, broaden your knowledge of the community, and provide essential expertise to non-profits.

Register for free here.  Open to the public. (This is not an HBSANC-organized event, but there will be an HBSANC table to greet you if you register as an HBS alum.)

Building High Impact Non-profit Boards
 February 16, 2017, 6:00—9:00pm, Redwood Shores

Back by popular demand, join us for an evening where you will sharpen your non-profit board leadership skills and connect with a network of peers working to make positive change in the world.  HBSANC Community Partners is partnering with the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK) and Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) to host its third Building High Impact Non-profit Boards event.  Sold-out in 2014 and 2015, this event will inspire, educate, and empower HBS alumni to drive high impact social change as leaders of non-profit boards. The program will feature keynote speaker, Harvard Business School (HBS) Professor Kash Rangan, co-founder of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, as well as a choice of breakout panels moderated by HBS, DRK, and SV2 experts that will help you increase your impact in addressing realistic board scenarios.  This event is designed for those interested in joining non-profit boards, current non-profit board members wanting to be more effective, and those interested in connecting with like-minded peers to foster relationships and community leadership opportunities. Breakout sessions available to choose from are:

  1. Finding the Right Non-profit Board to Join (moderated by Diane Parnes, Founder, Evolutionary Philanthropy & Nonprofit Services)
  2. Fundraising as a Board (moderated by Kelly Pope, Executive Board Member, Silicon Valley Social Ventures (SV2))
  3. Board Chair and Executive Director Roles and Collaboration (moderated by Nancy Heinen, Partner, SV2; Simone Marean, Executive Director and co-founder, Girls Leadership; and Kash Rangan, Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing & Co-Chair HBS Social Enterprise Initiative)
  4. The Board Life Cycle and Transitioning (moderated by Christy Remey Chin, HBS ‘98, Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation; Alexis Morin, Executive Director and co-founder, Students for Education Reform)
  5. Effective Board Practices and Common Challenges (moderated by Lance Fors, former board chair of SV2, SVP International, New Teacher Center, Reading Partners, and SVCF; Kathleen Kelly Janus, Lecturer, Stanford Program on Social Entrepreneurship)

  The event will begin with an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception and end with a cookies and conversation networking session. Tickets are $60 for HBS Association of Northern California members, DRK grantees, and SV2 partners/grantees.  Affiliate tickets are $85.  Sign up now as this event will sell out!


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Storytelling for Non-profits

November 16th, 2016 6:00-8:30 pm

Cooley LLP, 101 California Street, 5th floor, San Francisco

Uncover the story-gain insight on how a non-profit’s brand can be used to create a powerful message that speaks to the mission, attracting funders, volunteers, and clients. You will leave with simple, actionable tools to help improve a non-profit’s messaging and communication initiatives. This interactive workshop is designed to help non-profit leaders, board members, and advisors breakthrough the clutter.

This engaging workshop will be facilitated by Juan Carlos Velten, HBS ’98, and branding guru. Juan Carlos started his career at Procter & Gamble, launching several initiatives in personal & home care in Latin America. For the past 15+ years, he has been a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, selling his last company – Softcoin – to Kroger in 2013. A seasoned branding expert, Juan Carlos is the founder of Zealmark, and has branded major technology and social enterprises, as well as venture capital firms. As Chair of HBS Community Partners, he advises non-profits on mission and branding on a regular basis. He has been a guest lecturer at Standford on new business branding and is part of the new business competition panel of judges at USF.

Networking reception with appetizers and drinks included.

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