“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
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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
Cape Cod Disability Network 
The Cape Cod Disability Network 
was established 23 years ago with the mission to promote the well being of individuals with developmental disabilities through collaboration, advocacy, and mutual support. The Network is a not-for-profit collaboration of human service leaders from agencies that that focus on working with individuals with intellectual disabilities in a variety of settings, including: community-based, residential, vocational/academic, and day services and support. With a combined workforce of over 1,000 the Networks supports more than 1,935 individuals.

At a time when there are over 6,000 jobs vacant on Cape Cod, retaining our existing workforce is a priority. Our goal is to Agencies in the Network currently run an annualized vacancy/turnover rate of 20-27%. The goal of the brainstorm session will be to develop 2 to 3 innovative retention tools that can be applied uniformly across agencies to decrease turnover.

The Details: November 21, 2019 from 6 to 9pm at the Harvard iLab, Batten Hall, 125 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134.  


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.”