Application deadline - Friday, June 1st, 2018

Harvard Business School Association of Boston
Community Action Partners (CAP)

CAP Overview

Community Action Partners (CAP) is a volunteer organization of Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) alumni helping Boston-area nonprofits and social enterprises apply management skills to their business challenges. Founded in 1993, CAP operates under the aegis of the HBS Association of Boston. More than 100 alumni volunteers serve 13-16 nonprofits each year. Since inception, more than 1,000 CAP volunteers have served over 300 nonprofit clients in areas such as: strategic planning, market research and marketing strategy, financial planning and analysis, board development and governance, and organizational development.

Client Criteria

Potential clients must meet the following criteria:
  • Charitable nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status or other officially designated social enterprise
  • Headquartered in Greater Boston
  • A mission which provides the Greater Boston/New England community with a social benefit
  • A minimum of five paid full-time staff, as well as a board of directors
  • Stable leadership in the organization (ED tenure exceeds one year)
  • Administrative capacity and commitment to oversee and support the consulting work
  • Not currently in a crisis situation which would require more urgent assistance
Project Criteria

Potential projects must meet the following criteria:
  • Deal with business or management-related issues in the organization, such as strategic planning,
    organizational development, finance, or marketing
  • Not focused primarily on development / fundraising strategy or implementation
  • Have goals which are well-defined and achievable by a volunteer team of about six consultants
    working two to four hours per week each for approximately six months
  • Have the sponsorship of the organization's leadership, including both staff and the board

  • Client applications due June 1st (earlier if possible)
  • Phone interviews and site visits to meet with staff and board leadership in June or July
  • Volunteers choose from semi-finalist projects in August
  • Volunteers and clients matched, project list finalized by mid-September
  • Volunteer orientation early October
  • Teams begin client work mid-October
  • Teams complete work May 2019

Applicants will be notified of their status by email or phone at each stage of the process. Your application will not be considered until you SUBMIT your application using the SUBMIT button below.

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Organization Contact Information

If the ED/CEO/President or the Contact submitting the application will not be the Project Coordinator please enter the Project Coordinator information below.

CAP expects the board to sponsor the project and to designate a primary liaison to the project team. This liaison can be changed at a later date.
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Organization Demographics

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Project Details

What is the mission of your organization?
Please describe your project. What kind of assistance are you looking for from Community Action Partners? What questions or ideas would you like the team to address? NOTE: The CAP team will work with your organization to ensure that the scope of the project will have the greatest impact and will effectively use the CAP resources assigned. CAP reserves the right to re-evaluate project selection if client circumstances change substantially from the time of application.
What outcomes are you hoping for from this project? Please be as specific as possible.
What kind of support and involvement would the project have from the ED/CEO/President and the Board of Directors?
What is the role of any Harvard Business School or Kennedy School alumni on your staff or board? NOTE: This is not a criterion for project selection.
If you have previously used or are using outside business or development consultants, please describe your experiences.
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Terms and Conditions

Client Applicants agree, for itself, its officers, directors, affiliates, successors and assigns (each, a “Client Party”) that all services provided by CAP volunteers pursuant to this application are volunteer in nature, and that none of CAP, HBSAB, its officers, directors, affiliates, volunteers, successors or assigns shall have any liability of any kind or nature to any Client Party relating to, or arising out of, any services rendered hereunder, and each Client Party agrees not to make any claim to that effect.

Please upload any information that will help us to assess your application including your most recent Annual Report or equivalent document, most recent financial statements including balance sheet, and list of your staff and board members (include board member bios if available). Each document can not exceed 5MB.

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