Harvard Business School Association of Boston’s Community Action Partners to Provide Over $1.6 Million in Pro-Bono Consulting Services

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From The Rose Kennedy Greenway to MSPCA- Community Action Partners Assists Thirteen Local Charities in Reaching Their Goals

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Our alumni offer a powerful blend of business expertise and passion for making a difference

In its 22nd year, Harvard Business School Association of Boston’s (HBSAB), Community Action Partners (CAP) program launched its annual pro-bono consulting project cycle with a kick-off event last week at Harvard Business School. Approximately 100 alumni volunteers will play a pivotal role in advising and assisting 13 New England non-profit organizations to reach their goals and create sustainable impact.

Community Action Partners (CAP) is a volunteer organization of HBS and Kennedy School alumni helping Boston-area non-profits apply management skills to their business challenges. Every year, Community Action Partners’ volunteers provide an average of 8,000 hours of consulting, equivalent to approximately $1.6 million in pro-bono services to worthy non-profits.

This year, CAP received and reviewed 40 applications from local non-profits seeking help with an array of challenges including strategic planning, business planning, and marketing. Thirteen non-profits were selected to work with alumni volunteer teams. Non-profits selected are: The Asperger/Autism Network, Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Commonwealth Land Trust, Concord Museum, MSPCA-Angell, NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, Playworks, Teachers21, Team IMPACT, The Rose Kennedy Greenway, The Family Van, and uAspire.

“Our volunteers have worked on pro-bono consulting projects to assist with strategic planning, marketing assessments, operational reviews, and many other business needs for nonprofit organizations across all mission areas, including social services, youth and education, healthcare, arts and culture, and environmental causes” states Amelia Angella, Executive Director of CAP. “Our alumni offer a powerful blend of business expertise and passion for making a difference.”

Gerry DeRoche, Executive Director of NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans states "As we launch our third CAP project, I am hard pressed to express our appreciation in only a sentence or two. They have been a great intellectual and experiential resource to us. Further, they have come to embrace our mission and we are delighted to call them friends of NEADS.”    

For more information on HBSAB’S Community Action Partners including donations contact: Amelia Angella Executive Director, Community Action Partners: info(at)cap-hbsab.org or call 617-504-4528.

For information on corporate sponsorship for HBSAB’s Community Action Partners, contact: Christina Thirkell, Executive Director, HBSAB, cthirkell(at)hbsab.org or call 617-515-3241.

About Harvard Business School Association of Boston                                                                                
The Harvard Business School Association of Boston (HBSAB) is a membership, non-profit organization that promotes learning, professional networking, business growth, and fosters goodwill and community service. HBSAB strives to create an inclusive environment based on integrity and excellence that advances Harvard Business School’s goal to develop leaders who make a difference in the world. For more information visit: http://www.hbsab.org

About Community Action Partners Program
As part of HBSAB, Community Action Partners (CAP) marshals more than 100 alumni volunteers to serve nonprofits by providing approximately 8,000 hours of pro-bono consulting each year. Since its inception in 1993, CAP has served over 200 nonprofit clients in a variety of sectors. CAP offers volunteer consulting assistance in such areas as: strategic and business planning, marketing strategy, financial planning and analysis, board development and governance and organizational development. http://cap-hbsab.org/

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