“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Become a CAP Volunteer

  • Meet and work with fellow alumni from a variety of backgrounds
  • Gain insights into the inner workings of nonprofit organizations
  • Give back to the Boston community using your skills and experience

The positive experience of CAP teams brings our volunteers back. More than 50% of volunteers have worked on prior CAP projects.

Consulting Volunteer Info

Consulting Volunteer Overview
  • Typical project team consists of five to seven alumni of Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School working between two and four hours per week from October through May
  • The CAP team works side-by-side with the leadership of the nonprofit client
  • 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
Consulting Project Overview
  • 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 Volunteer Interest Form
Please fill out the following Volunteer Interest Form. We will contact you to submit a more complete application prior to the start of projects every Fall.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

CAP is no longer accepting volunteer applications for the 2018-19 consulting cycle.

Application Overview
  • Consulting Volunteer Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 7th.
  • We will close popular projects to new volunteers so sign up early to get your top choice.
  • Projects launch in October 2018 and typically last through May 2019.
  • Please complete the Application below if you would like to be considered for a project team.
Consulting Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with CAP. The volunteer application deadline has now passed. Please contact Kathy Le at info@cap-hbsab.org if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions.  

Detailed Project Descriptions
Ascentria Care Alliance

Ascentria Care Alliance is one of the largest community service organizations in New England, offering senior services and transitional community services.

Ascentria seeks CAP assistance to develop new services and plans for market introduction for healthcare companies and employers with the goals of increasing access to healthcare and reducing costs.

This project will appeal to volunteers who are interested in healthcare and new product and service development. Ascentria is located in Waltham.

B'nai B'rith Housing

B'nai B'rith Housing (BBH) is a regional, nonprofit housing developer headquartered in Brighton whose mission is to ease the housing crisis in the Greater Boston area.

BBH serves all members of the Greater Boston community with locations in Brighton, Sudbury, Newton and Swampscott (in development).

BBH is refinancing one of their properties with a multi-million dollar equity take-out. With the goal of reinvesting these funds to further the organization’s mission, BBH requests CAP’s assistance to help develop a real estate investment strategy that is ambitious, risk conscious, and produces affordable housing.

Boston Partners in Education

Boston Partners in Education (BPE) was founded in 1966 with a single goal: to help struggling students build the tools necessary to become better learners.

BPE achieves this by recruiting and mobilizing community members to serve as volunteer academic mentors to K-12 students directly in Boston Public Schools classrooms.

BPE is looking for assistance to support the creation of a 3- year strategic plan, including a strong focus on volunteer marketing.

Having recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, BPE is ready for fresh thinking and new ideas. BPE is located in the Boston Seaport District.

Consulting Volunteer Application
  • Consulting Volunteer Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 7th.
  • We will close popular projects to new volunteers so sign up early to get your top choice.
  • Projects launch in October 2018 and typically last through May 2019.
  • PDF of Detailed Project Descriptions

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with CAP. The volunteer application deadline has now passed. Please contact Kathy Le at info@cap-hbsab.org if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions.  

“I enjoyed the intellectual, political and business challenges working with the team and the client in developing a strategy. I particularly liked working with my teammates and the client’s Board.”

Brainstorming Volunteer Info

Brainstorming Volunteer 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 HBS/HKS 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
Brainstorming Session Overview
  • Brainstorming sessions are a targeted way to work with Boston area nonprofits on their management needs
  • Each brainstorming session consists of a three-hour meeting to discuss and solve a clearly-defined challenge
  • Typically five to seven volunteers, all alumni of Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School, will participate in each facilitated session
Brainstorming Volunteer Interest Form
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Brainstorming Volunteer Application
Brainstorm Volunteer Application 

CAP Brainstorms

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.






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Project Preferences
Since 1995, nonprofit National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) has helped people with severe disabilities reclaim the dignity of work. Through NTI@Home, between 500 to 600 Americans each year find jobs as virtual call center agents with business and government employer partner. 


Since 2013, NTI has had a goal of placing 1000+ Americans with Disabilities in jobs each year, with one initiative being an expansion of our efforts on Commercial clients/partners. For a variety of reasons, we have been unable to meet that goal. In 2018, we renewed our efforts to identify new commercial partners. These efforts have been slow to produce the results we need, two key reasons include our complex messaging and the fact our target decision-makers vary from company to company. We are looking for assistance in how we can grow our commercial clients/partners by examining issues such as identifying the right target companies and decision-makers with messaging that will gain their attention.


The Details: December 5, 2018 from 6 to 9pm at National Telecommuting Institute office at 225 Friend Street Boston, MA 02114



Terms and Conditions
Community Action Partners (CAP) Volunteer Agreement 

Though participation in CAP projects is a volunteer effort, the client organizations we serve and fellow volunteers count on the professionalism of each CAP volunteer. Please acknowledge the following:
  • I agree not to disclose any confidential client information obtained in connection with this project work, or use confidential client information for personal, family or professional gain during or after this project.
  • I agree that none of CAP, HBSAB or HBS, or their respective officers, directors, trustees, affiliates, other volunteers, employees, agents, successors or assigns shall have any liability of any kind or nature to me relating to, or arising out of, the CAP program or any services rendered in connection with the CAP Program, including any claims by a Client Party
CAP Photo Permission and Release 

HBSAB Community Action Partners (CAP) occasionally uses photographs of volunteers and events in its publications and on its website. Please check below to grant CAP permission to use your photo and/or video image. I hereby give my permission to Community Action Partners (CAP) to use photographic or video images taken of me and release them for the purposes of promoting and publicizing CAP and its program. I expressly release CAP from any claim for financial compensation now and in the future arising out of the use of the photographic images.

“It felt great to be able to offer insight and advice that the client valued so highly. It was personally invigorating to get out of what I do every day and think about new problems with new people.”