Pro bono Consulting

HBS alumni are experienced in successfully helping businesses tackle tough challenges. Their skills are highly transferable to the non-profit sector as well. Community Partners mobilizes Harvard Business School volunteer alumni teams to help non-profits address business management challenges.

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We leverage each team’s unique intellectual capital and business talent, customizing every project to meet client needs.  The result is a mutually rewarding experience — for alumni who want to impact the social good, and for our non-profit clients who need professional help.



A typical pro bono consulting project:

  • Addresses business-related issues within the organization such as strategic planning, organizational development, finance, and marketing.
  • Is focused, to be completed by a volunteer team of 3-5 consultants working 2-4/hrs per week individually over 3-5 months.
  • Is designed to create significant strategic impact on the organization.
  • Excludes direct fundraising activities.


Specific types of projects include:

  • Strategic Planning Process
  • Market Assessment
  • Operational Review
  • Business Planning
  • Board Governance
  • Financial Sustainability & Development
  • Marketing/Communications/Branding Strategy
  • Growth Plan
  • Revenue/Earned Income Plan


For a list of former non-profit clients, click here.

Are you a non-profit interested?  If so:  1) Click here to check the criteria and deadlines for an organization to qualify for an HBS Community Partners pro bono consulting project.  2)  Contact us by clicking on the Non-Profit Inquiries button at the bottom of this page to preview the project scope with us.   3)  Download the application and submit before the deadlines listed.

Non-Profit Inquiries       Download Application

Are you a volunteer inspired to make an impact?  If so: 1)  View the list below of current projects open for recruiting.  2) Click the Volunteer Now button below and indicate the specific project you’d like to join.  You will be contacted with next steps, which will include filling out a brief questionnaire and participating in a short phone interview.


American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) (Revenue Strategy) — Empowers teachers to be problem solvers and to change students’ perceptions of math in a time when problem solving is the single most critical skill sought by employers. AIM has created professional communities of teachers and mathematicians called Math Teachers’ Circles (MTC), a network of 150 Circles in 38 states involving 2,500 teachers and touching a quarter of a million students. Faced with increasing demand for this program, AIM requests help in creating a strategic plan that offers funding options that would enable the growth of the MTC Network. (Meetings in San Jose)

Asian Art Museum (Marketing Strategy) — Is one of San Francisco’s premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian artworks viewed by 280,000 visitors per year. A $90 million investment in the construction of a new 13,000 sq ft exhibition hall will commence in 2018, creating a unique opportunity to develop a completely transformed museum visitor experience to two target markets—Millennials and Baby Boomers. The Asian Art Museum seeks assistance with a marketing strategy to reach these specific audiences leveraging this new space. (Meetings in San Francisco)

Children Now (Strategic Plan) — Executes a game-changing approach to children’s advocacy, finding common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups, and policymakers. With a focus on children of color and those in poverty, in 2017 alone, Children Now achieved over 60 policy wins for kids in California, including passage of historic school equity reform, health coverage for undocumented kids, and expanded early learning programs. Children Now is seeking assistance with a strategic plan that will identify key priority impact areas for use in aligning their operational plans and expanding their fundraising base. (Meetings in San Francisco)

Global Citizen Year (Talent Strategy) — Is an award-winning, non-profit social enterprise founded by an HBS alum on a mission to normalize choosing a bridge year after high school to build self-awareness, global skills, and grit. Since 2009, 650 diverse high school students have spent eight months immersed in developing countries living with host families and working with local businesses. To scale exponentially, Global Citizen Year would like help in creating an effective recruiting, training, and retention strategy for Team Leaders, who play a critical role in the program but are a bottleneck to growth. (Meetings in San Francisco)

Ignited (Business Plan) — Provides over 70 STEM school teachers real technology industry work experiences and connections to industry professionals so they can then provide classroom experiences that will inspire students to become the next generation of innovators. Ignited programs have transformed the classroom experience of more than 2.9 million students. To reach more teachers, it is launching a micro-certification program starting with the biotech industry and Genentech. It seeks help developing a business plan to expand micro-certification to other industry segments while developing a sustainable revenue stream. (Meetings on the Peninsula)

Junior State of America Foundation (JSA) (Strategic Plan) — Strengthens American democracy by educating and preparing high school students across 34 states for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. JSA provides school-year programs and summer school programs that offer high school students college-level academics on elite college campuses, access to the United Nations, etc. Given the turbulent times and national need for more thoughtful and respectful engagement across multiple lines, it is seeking help with a fresh vision and strategic plan on how to increase the reach and impact of JSA in the future. (Meetings on the Peninsula)

Learning Ally (Business Plan) — Addresses the needs of students with reading disabilities (dyslexia, visual impairment, etc.) with evidence-based solutions. A national organization, Learning Ally recently created Project LEARN in partnership with UCSF, a tablet-based app to assess a child’s cognitive profile, helping schools identify children with reading disabilities early and therefore increasing the percentage of students reading at a proficient level by third grade. With the pilot launching in San Francisco next fall, it seeks help designing a launch plan that would attract philanthropic interest and that would chart a path to a national launch. (Meetings in San Francisco)

MAVEN Project (Marketing Strategy) — Builds a national corps of volunteer medical school alumni physicians to address the needs of the under-served by employing telemedicine. Founded by Dr. Laurie Green, a renowned San Francisco OB/GYN, the MAVEN Project has provided over 700 consultations to date in both urban and rural clinics. To transition into a scalable and sustainable organization with robust fundraising and a steadfast ability to attract and serve physician volunteers, it is seeking advice and support on their messaging, branding, and overall communications strategy. (Meetings in San Francisco)

Recovery Café San Jose (Strategic Plan) — Is a healing community for those traumatized by addiction, homelessness, and mental health challenges. 500 members are served annually, gathering the skills and strength needed to gain and maintain employment and housing. It just completed a major renovation adding physical capacity to the Downtown San Jose site, to open in January 2018. Recovery Café requests help in a strategic plan to manage the anticipated 30% growth and prioritize the many ideas for “the next big thing.” (Meetings in San Jose)

San Mateo County Health Foundation (Strategic Plan) — Champions the health and well-being of all County residents regardless of their ability to pay the County’s hospital and clinic system. The San Mateo County Health Foundation plays a critical role in funding the gap for the San Mateo Medical Center, and the most critical challenge it will be facing this upcoming year is addressing the potential funding gap should the Affordable Care Act be repealed. It is requesting assistance with the development of a strategic plan that would enable it to access increased financial support. (Meetings on the Peninsula)

Thrive Networks (Expansion Strategy) — Improves the health and well-being of under-served communities in Southeast Asia through evidence-based programs in the areas of water/sanitation/hygiene (WASH) and education. After 30 years of successfully managing long-term relationships and philanthropy, Thrive Networks now requests help with an expansion strategy, assessing various options to either go deep within existing program areas or expand to adjacent areas, with a clear action plan and potential revenue model identified. (Meetings in San Francisco)

Trips for Kids – National (Marketing Strategy) Provides transformative cycling experiences for young people, especially those most in need, to promote healthy lifestyles, environmental awareness, and personal empowerment. Trips for Kids has served over 185,000 kids, ages 10-17, and has received numerous awards since its inception in 1988, including the founder being named a CNN Hero in 2015. Currently focused on expanding their network of 75 chapters, it requests guidance in the development of a national marketing plan to increase sponsorships from the bike, outdoor recreation, health, and other industries. (Meetings in Marin)