CAP Consulting for Nonprofit Clients

Business consulting projects with experienced alumni volunteers

Consulting Project Overview
  • 6-8 month projects that deeply explore strategic issues
  • Typical project team consists of 4-6 alumni working up to four hours per week for six to eight months
  • 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 nonprofit clients who need professional help

2023-24 Project Descriptions

Application Process
  • Applications for our Pro Bono strategic Consulting projects are accepted from mid-April and due in early June, with projects launching in October.
  • CAP matches selected nonprofits with an alumni team tailored to the client and project focus.
Consulting Client Criteria
  • Charitable nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status or other officially designated social enterprise
  • Headquartered or operating in Eastern Massachusetts
  • A mission which provides the Greater Boston/New England community with a social benefit
  • Stable leadership in the organization (ED tenure exceeds one year)
  • Administrative capacity and commitment to oversee and support the consulting work
  • Not currently in a crisis situation which would require more urgent assistance
  • A minimum of five paid full-time staff, as well as an active board of directors
Consulting Project Criteria
  • Focused on  business or management-related issues in the organization, such as strategic planning, organizational development, finance, or marketing
  • Not focused primarily on development/fundraising strategy or implementation
  • Have goals which are well defined and achievable by a volunteer team of consultants working two to four hours per week each for approximately four to eight months
  • Has the support of the organization’s leadership, including both staff and the board
Project Implementation Guidelines
  • Each project is defined and agreed upon with the client organization in a written project commitment letter
  • A project team leader is designated prior to start-up with responsibility for guiding the project to completion
  • Each project has a liaison to the CAP board to track progress and provide assistance when necessary
  • A final report (oral and/or written) is made to client management and/or the board of directors

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