“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 now accepting volunteer applications for the 2019-20 consulting cycle.

  • Consulting Volunteer Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 6th.
  • We will close popular projects to new volunteers so sign up early to get your top choice.
  • Projects launch in October 2019 and typically last through May 2020.

“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
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Brainstorming Volunteer Application
Community Action Partners - 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
 
The Woodward School for Girls
Woodward is an iconic girl's college-preparatory school grades 6-12; established by the John Adams family trust (will of Ebenezer Woodward) and celebrating 125 years in Quincy, MA. Woodward is proud of its harmonious diverse student body; ​its​ students are of diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

The major issue ​facing Woodward is decline in enrollment. Enrollment has declined for ten years from 170 to 55 students. School awareness is very low, and reputation is mixed. ​The Woodward​ brand message is not yet clearly defined; ​there is a need to ​differentiate the school in the marketplace​. Woodward ​pricing is below competition. A bright point last year was the Abigail Adams merit scholarship for middle schoolers which successfully attracted six new students.​ ​The enrollment process is significantly enhanced this year, and a new enrollment Managing Director has been hired.

The Details: December 10, 2019 from 6 to 9 pm at The Woodward School, 1102 Hancock Street in Quincy, MA 02169.  

Our Space Our Place
Our Space Our Place, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in the Boston community providing a year- round after school and career exploration program to middle and high school students who are blind or low vision. Students participate in accessible, instructive and fun recreational and career exploration activities to develop social skills, diminish social isolation, increase their self-esteem and self-confidence and to challenge their perspectives and their family’s beliefs about what life can be as a person who is blind or low vision.

Our Space Our Place, Inc. (OSOP) was incorporated in 2005. Throughout the years OSOP has had as many as 12 students and as few as 2 students attending our programs. The majority of student comes from Boston Public or Charter Schools. This year there are 5 students ages 11 – 14 attending the OSOP program. To be financially sustainable OSOP needs to enroll more students.

OSOP is looking to answer two broad questions:
1. What should be included in the OSOP plan to recruit more students, expand the program and to be financially viable?
2. How can OSOP best describe the program to let families and professionals know about the services available?

The Details: December 11, 2019 from 6 to 9 pm at Tobin Community Center in Mission Hill, 1481 Tremont St. Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120. 




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.”