Pro Bono Consulting
Asian Art Museum (Corporate Fundraising Strategy) — Is one of San Francisco’s premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian artworks. The construction of a new 13,000 sq ft Pavilion will be complete in 2020, enabling the museum to offer a transformational experience and new programming, increasing audience reach and impact. It also offers the museum an opportunity to expand its corporate fundraising program, reaching new global partners. The Asian Art Museum seeks help identifying best practices and strategies for identifying, prioritizing, and approaching potential new corporate partners, particularly Asian multi-nationals. (Meetings in San Francisco)
California YMCA Youth & Government (Positioning Strategy) – Provides civic engagement and leadership programs for California youth, enabling over 4,000 students each year to participate in Model UN and Model Legislature and Court programs across the state. Many participants use the skills acquired to move onto careers in law and government. YMCA Youth & Government seeks help with a strategic assessment of its position in the youth civic leadership segment, with recommendations on how it may wish to alter its positioning, branding, product offerings, and communications to better reflect its unique role in the state. (Meetings in San Francisco)
Catholic Charities (Earned Revenue Strategy) — Provides direct services to people in need of all faiths and advocates for the poor, the sick, the distressed, children, youth, families, immigrants, and seniors. It is one of the largest human services agencies in the Bay Area, serving over 35,000 individuals living in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin last year. The demand for its comprehensive services is growing; thus Catholic Charities would like help with envisioning, prioritizing, and implementing new sustainable revenue streams that capitalize on its strengths, programs, and staff. (It does not receive any funding from the Catholic Church.) (Meetings in San Francisco)
D-Rev (Product Acquisition Strategy) — Closes the gap in quality healthcare outcomes for underserved populations through designing and delivering medical technologies. Named one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies,” it has treated 415,000 patients in over 50 countries with innovative, low-cost devices such as prosthetic knees and phototherapy units for jaundiced babies. Its products to-date have been internally developed, but as D-Rev scales, it needs to source, vet, and acquire promising technologies developed elsewhere. It would like support with building a new product pipeline process for identifying, evaluating, engaging, and integrating potential product acquisition targets. (Meetings in San Francisco)
Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties (Business Planning) — Is a nonprofit social enterprise that uses its recycling and reuse of goods business lines to provide a comprehensive job training program for individuals in poverty to develop skills to move into middle-income jobs. Goodwill acts as a bridge employer providing workers training, resume building experiences, and access to future employers. The organization needs to generate additional revenue given the increasing costs of operating in San Francisco, and requests help with developing the business plans for a few potential new lines of businesses that would generate revenue while leveraging their existing infrastructure and assets. (Meetings in San Francisco)
The Gratitude Network (Business Plan Development) — Is a networked organization of experienced leaders who identify, nurture, mentor and fund innovative social impact organizations who are impacting the lives of children and changing the face of education worldwide. These social enterprises receive a one-year coaching and mentoring experience that sets the trajectory of their organizations. To generate additional revenue, The Gratitude Network is exploring a new model of mentorship to growth-stage for-profits in exchange for employee engagement opportunities. It would like help with further developing this plan, identifying start-up targets, and piloting a prototype of this service in 2019. (Meetings on the Peninsula)
Museum of Craft & Design (Strategic Planning) — Is San Francisco’s only museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary craft and design. It showcases designers, makers, and artists through a distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs, actively collaborating with artists, designers, museums, and universities to create inspirational critically acclaimed experiences. A young and growing museum, the Museum of Craft and Design is seeking help with crafting a strategic plan to plot its course over the next three to five years, assessing key objectives, prioritized areas of focus, and developing measurable goals. (Meetings in San Francisco)
Pacific Vision Foundation (Marketing Strategy) — Is dedicated to providing excellent eye care to uninsured patients. It supports residents, fellows, and faculty at its Eye Institute, partners with community health centers, and provides grants in research. It has helped over 3,500 uninsured patients in Northern California regain or retain their sight. Increased funding has been a challenge due to low brand awareness and the ability to describe the complexity of its various services. Pacific Vision Foundation is looking for assistance in branding and messaging its diverse elements of service to make its funding appeals more understandable and effective. (Meetings in San Francisco)
Riekes Center for Human Enhancement (Marketing Strategy) — Provides quality programmatic learning and enrichment opportunities for students of all ages to explore their goals, interests, and passions in the arts, fitness, and nature. It serves 7,000+ individuals, mostly adolescents and veterans, each year, in an intentional culture and environment of diversity and universal acceptance. Riekes Center has grown to the point where it needs to unify its voice to the world, and design a marketing strategy that can scale and become its North Star not only for communication, but also for decisions regarding their services and expansion plans. (Meetings on the Peninsula)
San Francisco 49ers Foundation (Communications Strategy) — Harnesses football to educate and empower Bay Area Youth through a collective of innovative and community-focused strategies. It introduces STEAM education to 60,000+ Bay Area students a year through 49ers EDU, teaches the importance of health and wellness to student athletes through the 49ers PREP program, and supports students from the 49ers Academy and 49ers STEM Leadership Institute get into college. Brand awareness among their fan base, however, is low. The 49ers Foundation would like assistance developing an awareness campaign strategy to ultimately aid fundraising efforts and volunteer participation. (Meetings on the Peninsula)
San Francisco Department of Public Works (Operations Strategy) — Is charged with overseeing the City’s cleaning programs, including recycling and refuse collection, graffiti clean-up, and street resurfacing. Clean streets are a priority for San Francisco—the Department of Public Works received 250,000+ requests related to street cleaning last year. The department is seeking actionable recommendations for piloting improvements in the areas of sidewalk cleanliness, citizen engagement, and using technology to improve services. Through benchmarking best practices in other cities and interviews, it welcomes recommendations on its organizational structure, staffing levels, programs, or external campaigns that would result in a cleaner city. (Meetings in San Francisco)
VolunteerMatch (Business Sales and Marketing Strategy) — Makes it easier for good people and good causes to connect by offering the web’s largest volunteer engagement platform. VolunteerMatch helped 120,000 nonprofits across the nation engage with over 15 million interested volunteers last year alone. It provides business services to corporate community engagement programs, and while corporate social responsibility trends are on the rise, the changing internet landscape has created recent entrants who are challenging its business model. VolunteerMatch needs assistance with refining its strategies to work with channel partners, broaden corporate client awareness, and drive new client subscription revenue. (Meetings in San Francisco)
Wednesday, July 18th, 11:00am—1:00pm, Los Altos
Sempervirens Fund protects and permanently preserves redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, wildlife habitats, watersheds, and other important natural and scenic features of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. Protecting more than 53 square miles of local redwood forests and watersheds, it is California’s oldest land trust, playing a crucial role in creating Big Basin Redwoods, Castle Rock, Butano, and Portola Redwoods state parks. Its name, however, does not evoke redwood conservation, limiting its recognition. It is considering a rebrand, and would like help brainstorming and evaluating the risks and benefits of rebranding a 118-year old organization.
Monday, July 23rd, 6:00—8:00 pm, Peninsula
The Riekes Center provides each participant with the best possible opportunity to define and accomplish individual goals, build character, and learn transferable life skills through the Creative Arts, Athletic Fitness, Nature Awareness, and Community Service in an environment of non-judgment and mutual respect. Serving 7,000 people per year, from adolescents to veterans, it has received numerous awards and press for its services. It is preparing for growth and a new capital campaign, requiring it to reach audiences who have not directly experienced its programs. It seeks help with a pitch defining its value proposition, directed towards specific, identified target audiences.
Monday, July 30th, 11:00am—1:00pm, Milpitas
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley provides stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect. It recruits, trains, and supports volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to work with foster children in Santa Clara County. The demand for services is significantly higher than what the agency can serve, and it hopes to increase the number of children it can serve by 48% by 2021. In order to reach this goal, it seeks counsel on how to create engaging experiences to attract new donors, who increasingly seek direct engagement with those served, even though legally, is it impossible for the agency to arrange this due to confidentiality.
Monday, August 13th, 6:00—8:00 pm, San Mateo
The Institute for Human and Social Development provides comprehensive child development and support services to the highest needs children ages 0-5 and their families in San Mateo County. Serving over 600 families annually, its programs are Head Start and Early Head Start based, a whole child approach. Committed to increasing the number of low-income children served by earning their tuition fees from families who can pay, it would like help with marketing its excellent early learning programs to private fee families.
Wednesday, August 15th, 6:00—8:00 pm, San Francisco
Catholic Charities is dedicated to strengthening families and reducing poverty in San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo Counties by providing direct services to people of all faiths who are in need, including aging support services, homelessness and housing services, refugee and immigrant services, and children and youth services. Serving over 35,000 individuals per year, its greatest challenge is identifying and implementing alternative, sustainable revenue streams. It would like help brainstorming new diversified revenue streams to enable it to continue to keep a pace with the community needs.
Thursday, August 16th, 6:00—8:00 pm, San Francisco
GLIDE’s mission is to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. With the help of nearly 15,000 volunteers annually, GLIDE has received considerable recognition for its service work on the front lines of poverty, and for effecting policy and social change in San Francisco. With such an expansive volunteer base, it would like assistance with strategies to build a more robust and cohesive volunteer program that would enhance the volunteer experience and deepen engagement.
Tuesday, August 21st, 6:00—8:00 pm, San Francisco
Foster America is a nonprofit startup that aims to improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children by recruiting talented professionals from the business, technology, health, and education sectors, and placing them in full-time fellowship roles in government and nonprofit child welfare agencies where they lead major reform projects. Launched in 2016, it plans to scale nationally and develop at least 100 new leaders who will help transform the child welfare system. It would like help identifying marketing strategies to attract potential fellowship candidates, including channels to reach them, messaging, and program design.