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

“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 Consulting Projects

Now Accepting CAP Consulting Applications for the 2020-21 Cycle

(Application deadline –  September 11, 2020)

In these difficult times, CAP has been motivated to find creative ways to help our nonprofit clients adapt to new challenges. To better meet the needs of our partners, CAP has modified our Consulting program with some key changes:

  • Classic strategic planning projects will be capped at 6 months.
  • New for this year are Short projects (2-4 months), focused on narrower strategy and operational issues — including financial fitness and planning.
  • All aspects of the Consulting cycle (client vetting, volunteer recruitment, project work) are anticipated to be conducted virtually.
  • Applicants for the Short projects must meet a minimum staffing threshold of 2 FTEs and demonstrate active board participation.

Complete applicant criteria and options will be detailed in the application form, which will be available here on August 3rd. All questions can be directed to CAP Executive Director, Kathy Le, at info@cap-hbsab.org.

The Revised Timeline for the 2020-21 CAP Consulting Cycle:

08/03/20 CAP Consulting client applications open online
09/11/20 CAP Consulting client application deadline
10/01/20 Consulting applicants notified of Round 1 decisions
11/02/20 Consulting applicants notified of Round 2 decisions; Projects marketed to volunteers
12/01/20 Volunteer registration deadline
12/14/20 Final project notification to volunteers and applicants
01/04/21 Projects launch
06/30/21 Project completion
Consulting Project Overview
  • Typical project team consists of five or six alumni (Classic projects) and three or four alumni (Short projects) 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

2019-20 Project Descriptions

Application Process
  • Applications for our Pro Bono Business Consulting Services are accepted from August 3, 2020 until September 11, 2020 for work beginning in January 2021
  • 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
  • Stable leadership in the organization (ED tenure exceeds one year)
  • Administrative capacity and commitment to oversee and support the consulting work
  • For Classic Consulting projects:
    • A minimum of five paid full-time staff, as well as a board of directors
    • Not currently in a crisis situation which would require more urgent assistance
  •  For Short Consulting projects:
    • A minimum of 2 paid full-time staff and demonstrated active board participation
    • Sufficient financial stability and no imminent financial crisis.
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 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

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
Brainstorming Session Application
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