“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.

Consultant Volunteer Info

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, CAP continues to work with our nonprofit partners on strategic challenges.

 

ANTICIPATED TIMELINE
– Volunteer application deadline: September 10, 2021 
– Volunteer vetting and matching: September 11-30, 2021
– Final teams finalized: October 4, 2021
– Project launch: October 2021

PROJECT DURATION
For the 2021-22 cycle, CAP consulting projects are anticipated to have a duration of between 4 and 8 months, as indicated in the project descriptions. Please read project descriptions carefully. 

COVID PRECAUTIONS
Due to the developing situation with the Delta variant, we anticipate that volunteer vetting will be conducted virtually in September. Currently, we also anticipate that all projects will launch virtually in October. CAP will continue to monitor the public health situation and will provide additional guidance throughout the project period.  At this point, volunteers should expect that the majority of the work (including team and client meetings) will be conducted virtually. If the public health situation allows, we will encourage in-person meeting opportunities at a later point. Team leaders will be in touch with further details once the teams are finalized. We thank you for your patience and flexibility.
Consultant Volunteer Overview
  • Typical project team consists of four to eight alumni of Harvard Business School or Harvard Kennedy School working between two and four hours per week for four to eight months
  • 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) or presentation is made to client management and/or the board of directors
Consultant 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.

“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 2-3 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
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 multi-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.


**During the pandemic, all Brainstorm sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. 










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Project Preferences
Acton-Boxborough United Way (ABUW) mobilizes the caring power of community to drive positive, lasting change. ABUW’s mission is to work for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Acton and Boxborough.

ABUW is a volunteer-driven organization and relies on its volunteers to implement key strategic programs.  ABUW would like CAP’s help to evolve its volunteer engagement strategy to:
  • Efficiently identify, recruit and onboard volunteers for key leadership positions; 
  • Access high-level volunteer skills including general leadership, communications, volunteer management/HR experience, subject expertise, networking, mentoring and event management;
  • Provide volunteers with an inspiring, inclusive and rewarding experience.
This session will be conducted as a workshop, focusing initially on one of ABUW’s five volunteer-led strategic program pillars. The session may be followed up with a second session during January/February. Participants should plan on 2-3 hours of pre-session preparation. 

The Details: December 15, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM via Zoom.



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.”