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Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) (Business Planning)—mobilizes the women’s sports community to engage, inspire and empower the children who need help the most. It is a school-based program that promotes physical literacy, pro-social behaviors, leadership and life skills in over 20,000 elementary-aged children in the last 14 years.  It has identified four earned income opportunities and would like help in assessing each for their attractiveness, feasibility, and operational requirements to determine which ideas to launch.  (Peninsula/South Bay)

Environmental Working Group (EWG) (Expansion Strategy)—offers breakthrough research and education on the safety of products in personal care, cleaning supplies and food to help consumers make healthier choices for the products they use in everyday life.  EWG recently introduced the EWG verified program which certifies the content of consumer products contain no unhealthy components. The program has had early success, with numerous retailers and consumer manufacturers citing interest in partnering with EWG.  EWG now seeks assistance with developing a business strategy and execution approach to scale the program. (San Francisco)

Episcopal Impact Fund (Marketing Strategy)—funds and mentors organizations that address the root cause of poverty in the Bay Area.  It ultimately served 45,000 people locally living in poverty through supporting 29 organizations last year including SF CASA and 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic.  It would like help with improving its marketing and communications to both retain current donors and also to engage a new generation of Millennial donors, who may not realize the broad nondenominational impact the Episcopal Impact Fund has on alleviating poverty in the community.  (San Francisco)

Hillsborough Recreation Department (Strategic Planning)—is committed to providing quality recreational facilities and programs, and enriching opportunities to benefit the health and well-being of its community of 5,000 homes/12,000 people.  It also runs all three public pre-schools in Hillsborough. Given declining enrollment in some of its programs and the evolving community needs, such as more full-day childcare, it is seeking help with re-evaluating its mission, program priorities, and associated resource needs, based on a needs assessment and the creation of a robust decision-making strategic framework. (Peninsula/South Bay)

Landmark College (Expansion Strategy)— recognized as the gold standard model in higher education for students who learn differently (LD), including students with dyslexia, ADHD, executive function challenges, and/or autism.  Landmark offers bachelor’s and associate degrees, a 1-2 semester Bridge Experience, online dual enrollment courses for high school and gap/transition year students, and summer programs.  Based in Vermont, there is strong demand for the college to expand to the West Coast.  It seeks help in evaluating two options for entering the West Coast market—offering an online dual enrollment option for high students and providing a transition/gap year program. (Peninsula/South Bay)

The Lawrence Hall of Science (Revenue Growth Strategy)—inspires and fosters science and mathematics learning for all, reaching millions of diverse young people around the world with STEM learning experiences and thousands of educators with professional learning programs. It provides access to robotics, digital storytelling tools, and biotech lab equipment through its on-site science center, and educational apps and curriculum materials globally.  With declining revenue from UC Berkeley and the rising costs of STEM innovation, it seeks a financial assessment on how to optimize existing business lines for revenue and help with identifying new earned income opportunities.  (East Bay)

The Pacific Institute (Strategic Planning)—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. Having recently defined 2030 goals that expand the organization’s strategic direction, they would like help in refining a draft strategic plan and operating guidance for 2020 that would prepare the organization to meet its enhanced goals. (East Bay)

SETI Institute (Business Planning)—is a scientific research center studying the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the Universe.  It is an active research partner for NASA.  A key goal of the Institute is to expand its Artificial Intelligence research accelerator program, which brings together private sector and space agency partners to apply the latest techniques of artificial intelligence and machine learning to space science and exploration research challenges.  Current corporate partners already include Google, Intel, IBM and NVIDIA. It seeks assistance in developing the partnerships, the expansion strategy, and the case for growing this program and its associated revenue. (Peninsula/South Bay)

The 49ers Academy (Market Assessment)—works within East Palo Alto schools to provide 6th-12th grade students a community of support that empowers them to be engaged in school and reach their full potential in academics and beyond. Its unique holistic approach addresses both the academic and nonacademic needs of students, which may include a combination of clean clothes, emotional support, and homework help.  Given its success in East Palo, it is exploring expansion.  It would like assistance with a landscape analysis of other youth-serving organizations in nearby communities, an identification of key trends, and then an assessment of its market growth opportunity. (Peninsula/South Bay)

The Tech (Scaling Strategy)—develops problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally by offering a multitude of programs such as:  1) The Tech Interactive, a hands-on science and technology center in San Jose that hosts 500,000 visitors annually, 2) The Bowers Institute, a center for in-depth professional development, 3) The Tech Challenge, an engineering design competition for students, and 4) The Tech for Global Good.  It recently completed a strategic plan that calls for reaching 100 million people/year worldwide by 2039.  Achieving this requires running fast-fail experiments over the next few years to test new products, new partnerships, and new digital channels.  It would like help with researching best practices on designing such experiments, as well as creating a management framework for assessing experiments.  (Peninsula/South Bay)