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

“The CAP team brought years of strategic and tactical business expertise, a willingness to serve, and a collaborative and respectful approach to the engagement.”

~ Sara Loud, Accelerated Cure Project

CAP Consulting Projects

CAP is pleased to announce that the 2022-23 Consulting cycle application is now open to interested nonprofit organizations, with a deadline of June 3, 2022. CAP will accept applications for consulting projects with anticipated durations of 4-8 months. Proposed projects must meet the applicant criteria below and have a focus that is of strategic importance to the organization.  Applicant vetting will be conducted virtually in June and July. Please review all guidelines and criteria carefully.

Complete applicant criteria and options will be detailed in the online application. All questions can be directed to CAP Executive Director, Kathy Le, at kathyle@cap-hbsab.org. 

Timeline for the 2022-23 CAP Consulting Cycle:

April 15, 2022 CAP Consulting client applications
open online
June 3, 2022 CAP Consulting client application deadline
July 8, 2022 Consulting applicants notified of Round 1
decisions
August 2, 2022 Consulting applicants notified of Round 2
decisions; Projects marketed to volunteers
September 9, 2022 Volunteer registration deadline
September 30, 2022 Final project notification to volunteers and
client applicants
October 10, 2022 Projects launch
February – June 2023 Project completion (varies by project scope)

 

Consulting Project Overview
  • Typical project team consists of 4-7 alumni working between up to four hours per week for up to four 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

2021-22 Project Descriptions

Application Process
  • Applications for our Pro Bono Strategic Consulting Services are accepted from April 15, 2022 until June 3, 2022 for work beginning in October 2022.
  • 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
  • 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 consultants working two to four hours per week each for approximately four to eight 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

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 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

For more information about CAP Brainstorms, please contact Kathy Le at info@cap-hbsab.org.