“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

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Project Preferences



  • Ascentria Care Alliance
  • B'nai B'rith Housing (CLOSED TO NEW VOLUNTEERS)
  • Boston Partners in Education
  • Campus Compact
  • Centering Healthcare Institute
  • Earthwatch Institute
  • Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (CLOSED TO NEW VOLUNTEERS)
  • Mass Audubon
  • McLean Hospital
  • Project Hope
  • Second Nature
  • Travis Roy Foundation
  • Urban College of Boston
  • USS Constitution Museum (CLOSED TO NEW VOLUNTEERS)
  • Waypoint Adventure
  • YWCA Boston




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 each team member to be actively engaged throughout the duration of the project. Further, the reputations of CAP, the Harvard Business School Association of Boston (HBSAB), Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School are impacted by the effectiveness and professionalism of CAP volunteers. As a volunteer on a CAP pro bono project, I commit to being an active participant in the project I am assigned to for the duration of the project within reasonable bounds of scope and time. This includes a commitment: 
  • averaging 2-4 hours per week from October to May, with sufficient schedule flexibility to attend team meetings at the mutually agreed upon time and place
  • to sign up for, and complete on time, a fair share of the work
  • to respond in a timely fashion to e-mails and voice messages
  • to communicate pro-actively to the members and leadership of the team should extenuating circumstances make it impossible for me to continue active participation at certain times
Furthermore,
  • During the tenure of the project, I agree not to have any personal interest in or directly or indirectly derive any personal gain from the organization to which I am consulting. If I have, or develop, any such personal interest, I agree to immediately notify my CAP Board Liaison.
  • 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.

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

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Harvard Graduate School Details







Work Details













Project Preferences



  • Ascentria Care Alliance
  • B'nai B'rith Housing (CLOSED TO NEW VOLUNTEERS)
  • Boston Partners in Education
  • Campus Compact
  • Centering Healthcare Institute
  • Earthwatch Institute
  • Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (CLOSED TO NEW VOLUNTEERS)
  • Mass Audubon
  • McLean Hospital
  • Project Hope
  • Second Nature
  • Travis Roy Foundation
  • Urban College of Boston
  • USS Constitution Museum (CLOSED TO NEW VOLUNTEERS)
  • Waypoint Adventure
  • YWCA Boston




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 each team member to be actively engaged throughout the duration of the project. Further, the reputations of CAP, the Harvard Business School Association of Boston (HBSAB), Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School are impacted by the effectiveness and professionalism of CAP volunteers. As a volunteer on a CAP pro bono project, I commit to being an active participant in the project I am assigned to for the duration of the project within reasonable bounds of scope and time. This includes a commitment: 
  • averaging 2-4 hours per week from October to May, with sufficient schedule flexibility to attend team meetings at the mutually agreed upon time and place
  • to sign up for, and complete on time, a fair share of the work
  • to respond in a timely fashion to e-mails and voice messages
  • to communicate pro-actively to the members and leadership of the team should extenuating circumstances make it impossible for me to continue active participation at certain times
Furthermore,
  • During the tenure of the project, I agree not to have any personal interest in or directly or indirectly derive any personal gain from the organization to which I am consulting. If I have, or develop, any such personal interest, I agree to immediately notify my CAP Board Liaison.
  • 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.

“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

Thank you for your interest in CAP Brainstorms.  All our current Brainstorm sessions are filled. New volunteer opportunities will be posted as they become available. 

“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.”