“CAP made a lasting difference in many people’s lives and for that we thank each of you from the bottom of our hearts.”

~ Cliff Simmonds, Agassiz Village

CAP + Nonprofits = Solutions

  • HBS/HKS Alumni experienced in tackling management issues
  • Partner with Boston area nonprofits seeking consulting advice
  • To solve clearly defined organizational and management challenges

Over 200 Nonprofit Clients Served in the Boston area

More than 350 Pro Bono Consulting Projects with Boston Area Nonprofits

Over 9,000 Hours of Pro Bono Services Each Year

CAP Consulting Projects

Consulting Project Overview
  • Typical project team consists of five or six alumni working between two and four hours per week for up to six 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

2018-19 Project Descriptions

Application Process
  • Applications for our Pro Bono Business Consulting Services are accepted in early June for work beginning in October
  • CAP matches selected Boston area 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 in Greater Boston
  • A mission which provides the Greater Boston/New England community with a social benefit
  • A minimum of five paid full-time staff, as well as a board of directors
  • 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
Consulting Project Criteria
  • Deal with 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 about six consultants working two to four hours per week each for approximately six months
  • Have the sponsorship 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
Consulting Project Interest Form

CAP has limited openings for pro bono consulting projects each year. Applications for the 2019-20 CAP Consulting projects will be available starting April 1, 2019. In the meantime, please contact CAP Executive Director, Kathy Le, at info@cap-hbsab.org with any questions.   

 

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Now Accepting CAP Consulting Applications for the 2019-20 Cycle

CAP Consulting Client Application

CAP Consulting Applications are open from April 1-June 1, 2019.  Please contact CAP Executive Director, Kathy Le at info@hbsab.org with any questions. 

CAP Consulting Client Application

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Application deadline - Friday, June 1st, 2019


Harvard Business School Association of Boston 
Community Action Partners (CAP) 
PROJECT APPLICATION 2019-2020

CAP Overview

Community Action Partners (CAP) is a volunteer organization of Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) alumni helping Boston-area nonprofits and social enterprises apply management skills to their business challenges. Founded in 1993, CAP operates under the aegis of the HBS Association of Boston. More than 100 alumni volunteers serve 13-16 nonprofits each year. Since inception, more than 1,000 CAP volunteers have served over 300 nonprofit clients in areas such as: strategic planning, market research and marketing strategy, financial planning and analysis, board development and governance, and organizational development. 


Client Criteria

Potential clients must meet the following criteria:
  • Charitable nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status; or other social enterprise organization with a clearly defined social benefit 
  • Headquartered in Greater Boston 
  • A mission which provides the Greater Boston/New England community with a social benefit 
  • A minimum of five paid full-time staff, as well as a board of directors 
  • 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

Project Criteria 

Potential projects must meet the following criteria: 
  • Deal with business or management-related issues in the organization, such as strategic planning, organizational development, finance, or marketing 
  • Not focused on development / fundraising strategy or implementation 
  • Have goals which are well-defined and achievable by a volunteer team of about six consultants working two to four hours per week each for six months 
  • Have the sponsorship of the organization's leadership, including both staff and the board

Timeline

Client applications due June 1st (earlier if possible) 

  • Phone interviews and site visits to meet with staff and board leadership in June or July 
  • Volunteers select from semi-finalist projects in August 
  • Volunteers and clients matched, project list finalized by mid-September 
  • Volunteer orientation early October 
  • Teams begin client work mid-October 
  • Teams complete work May 2020

Applicants will be notified of their status by email or phone at each stage of the process. Your application will not be considered until you SUBMIT your application using the Submit Button below. 

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Terms and Conditions
Client agrees, for itself, its officers, directors, affiliates, successors and assigns (each, a “Client Party”) that all services provided by CAP volunteers pursuant to this application are volunteer in nature, and that none of CAP, HBSAB, its officers, directors, affiliates, volunteers, successors or assigns shall have any liability of any kind or nature to any Client Party relating to, or arising out of, any services rendered hereunder, and each Client Party agrees not to make any claim to that effect.

CAP Brainstorming Sessions

Brainstorming Session Overview
  • Brainstorming allows CAP to serve a wide variety of nonprofit clients, especially those who are small or whose issues don’t fit with the CAP Consulting eight-month pro-bono consulting engagements
  • Brainstorming allows alumni to put their skills to use in service of local nonprofits with a limited time commitment
  • Examples of recent brainstorming session topics include: succession planning; board governance; impact measurement and reporting; ways to increase an organization’s visibility and reach; and staffing structures for continued growth
Application Process
  • Client applications are accepted on a rolling basis
  • A phone interview will be conducted if nonprofit applicant is selected to move to the next step in the process
Brainstorming Client Criteria
  • Charitable nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status or other officially designated social enterprise
  • Located in Greater Boston
  • A mission which benefits the community
  • An engaged board of directors
  • Stable leadership in the organization
  • Capacity/resources to act on ideas generated during Brainstorming Session
Brainstorming Project Criteria
  • Deal with business or management-related issues in the organization, such as strategic planning, organizational development, finance, or marketing
  • Not focus on development / fundraising strategy or implementation
  • Have goals which are well-defined and achievable by a volunteer team of five to seven consultants during a three-hour brainstorming session
  • Have the sponsorship of the organization’s leadership
Procedural Guidelines
  • A mutually agreeable brainstorming session date and location will be determined by CAP and client Executive Director if the application is accepted
  • The client provides some brief background materials at least 2 weeks in advance to help prepare the participants to engage in a discussion focused on the brainstorming topic
  • The client provides refreshments for the participants
Brainstorming Session Application
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