Working With Community Partners

When nonprofits seek results-oriented advice, they turn to us for pro bono assistance. What we offer is unmatched: thoughtful analysis, actionable solutions that are tailored to the needs of each client organization and delivered free of charge by teams of Harvard Business School alumni.

Many Ways We Help Nonprofits

We Offer Two Distinct Types Of Pro Bono Assistance

Brainstorming Sessions

A two hour, high-energy meeting of 4 or more alumni volunteers, guided by an experienced moderator and gathered together to address a clearly-defined challenge or opportunity. Our alumni team session includes leaders from the client organization. Team Leader delivers a post-session summary of recommendations made to our client organization.

Criteria for Organization:

  • At least 3 full-time paid staff or 3 full-time staff equivalents
  • Executive Director attends Brainstorming Session(s) along with key board and/or staff members
  • Annual budget of $100,000 or more

Traditional Consulting Projects

A well-structured and comprehensive project lasting approximately three or four months, with a Team Leader working closely with the Executive Director and key staff of the nonprofit. Our work is anchored by a customized, phased project plan, including interim meetings and a final report and presentation of the team’s findings and recommendations.

Criteria for Organization:

  • At least 3 full-time paid staff or 3 full-time staff equivalents
  • Executive Director commitment to be actively involved in the project from its start to its completion, including participating in project kickoff meeting and final presentation from project team
  • Annual budget of $300,000 or more

General Requirements For Nonprofits

  • Organization is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Organization is located in and focuses its activities and programs in the Greater New York City Area.

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Scholarships And Recognition Awards

Helping nonprofit leaders maximize their impact through full scholarships to HBS executive education programs and awards recognizing excellence in nonprofit management and governance.

Scholarships For Nonprofit Leaders

Each year, Community Partners selects leaders of nonprofits to receive full scholarships to attend executive education programs offered through the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative: Performance Management for Nonprofit Organizations and Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.

Community Partners Leadership Awards

This award was established in 2015 to recognize, reward and celebrate Community Partners’ clients that have demonstrated outstanding management and governance practices in their work.  In 2019, eligibility was extended to include nonprofit organizations on which HBS alumni serve as board members.

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