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

The application cycle for the 2022-23 CAP Consulting cycle is now closed.  Please check back in April 2023 or join our mailing list to be notified when the 2023 application is open. General application criteria and process are outlined below. 

Questions can be directed to CAP Executive Director, Kathy Le, at kathyle@cap-hbsab.org. 

Sample timeline for the CAP Consulting cycle:

April CAP Consulting client applications
open online
June CAP Consulting client application deadline
July  Consulting applicants notified of Round 1
decisions
August Consulting applicants notified of Round 2
decisions; Projects marketed to volunteers
September Volunteer registration deadline
End of September Final project notification to volunteers and
client applicants
October Projects launch
March – June  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

2022-23 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

“We came away so encouraged with the results of this small, professional engagement that it helped me create the impetus for the board of directors to get behind a full strategic planning process.”

~Toni Wiley, Executive Director, Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center

 

“The alum group was wonderful—smart, thoughtful, and most importantly, unafraid to ask tough questions and challenge assumptions. We appreciated each and every one of their perspectives.”

~Penny Austen, Executive Director, ThinkGive, Inc.

CAP Brainstorming Sessions

Why Engage with CAP Brainstorms?
  • Step outside of the day-to-day workings of your organization to tackle stubborn issues. Examples of recent Brainstorming session topics include:  specific matters of strategy, growth planning, strategic marketing, succession planning, financial sustainability, among others.
  • Access 1,100+ local HBS/HKS alumni volunteers who bring an objective, external view to your organization’s challenges  
  • Engage experienced CAP Brainstorm facilitators who have hosted 75+ sessions over the past few years
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.