Consulting for Impact Partner Application 2022-23
Thank you for your interest in collaborating with Consulting for Impact, a student club at Harvard Business School.

Please complete the following online application to be considered for the 2022-2023 program.

Program Overview

The Consulting for Impact (CFI) Club matches Harvard MBA candidates with nonprofit and social impact organizations for engagements spanning the academic year. During this time, pairs of students complete a strategic consulting project (4-5 hours per month per student) for the partner organization under the mentorship of the organization’s executive staff or Board members. Students selected by CFI will work with your organization to refine and develop the project scope, develop key deliverables, conduct necessary analysis, and ultimately prepare recommendations for review.

Partner organizations have the option to allow the students working on their consulting project to sit-in on their board meetings as non-voting, observing “Board Fellows.” Board Fellows must be able to attend relevant meetings or Board sessions virtually or in person if applicable. In the past, we've observed that offering the Board Fellow option can result in more students applying to an organization’s consulting project, as students value the learning opportunity to observe board meetings.

Timeline

– Application start: May 13, 2022
– Rolling application review and touch bases with CFI co-presidents: May to August, 2022
– Application deadline: August 1, 2022
– Application preliminary review acceptance: August 15, 2022
– Student applications due: September 26, 2022
– Final project acceptance: Oct 10, 2022
– Students selected and matched to projects: October 10, 2022
– Partner organization kickoff with students: October 17, 2022
– Project duration: October 2022 through March 2023 (with a one month break from mid-December through late January when students are off-campus)

Selection Process

The CFI Club leadership team reviews nonprofit applications on three criteria:

1. How well the proposed project will utilize an MBA skill set (e.g. marketing, finance, operations, strategy)
2. The suitability of the organization’s mission
3. The organization’s community impact

Once selected for membership in the program, organizations and HBS student consultants are matched by the CFI leadership team through a process that involves weighing student interests, skills, and past experience as well as partner organization interests and needs.

Program Coordination and Support

The CFI Club leadership team oversees all of the CFI projects. The two CFI co-presidents will be available for you to contact to resolve any issues or conflicts with the student team and to provide feedback.

Contact

Please contact us with any questions or concerns as you complete the application or after it is submitted. We (the 2022-2023 CFI co-presidents) are more than happy to help brainstorm and refine proposed projects.
• Zach Self (zself@mba2023.hbs.edu)
• Saad Jumani (sjumani@mba2023.hbs.edu)
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About Your Organization
Organization Name
Organization website URL (if available):
What is your organization's mission (5 sentence max)?
Name of organization main contact person:
Email of main contact person:
Phone number of main contact person:
Approximate annual budget for 2022
Approximate number of full-time paid staff members:
Stage of organization:
Number of years organization has been operating:
Board Fellows Option
Would your organization allow the MBA student consultants working with your organization to serve as non-voting, observing board members during the duration of the project?
Clear selection
Number of board members on organization's current board
Approximate frequency of board meetings
Board meeting location:
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Location of board meeting if in person:
Please provide additional information about the expected timing (e.g. month, day of week, time of day, length) of board meetings expected to occur between October 2022 and April 2023. This will help us understand whether it is feasible for students to attend any of your board meetings as observers.
Does your organization have any current affiliation with the Harvard Business School (i.e. alumni employees, Board or staff members, projects with other HBS programs)?
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If you answered "Yes" to the question above (regarding current affiliation to HBS) please elaborate on that affiliation. Who are the individuals affiliated, if applicable, or the nature of the organization's affiliation?
Has your organization worked with our club (Consulting For Impact) before?
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About Your Proposed Project
Please outline the proposed project that you envision for the student team
Please describe the challenge facing your organization that you would like the student team to address. What goals does your organization have for its partnership with CFI?
Specific Deliverable(s) by the end of the year (for example, "a pricing model," "a feasibility study," "a financial model," etc.):
Timeline of deliverables:
Given your project, what skills or experiences would be most important for your assigned students to bring?*Note: CFI cannot guarantee an exact match between what you list and the students your organization is paired with, but we'll take your preferences into account as best we can.
Who will be the project sponsor from your organization? Please include name and role
Would you be interested in potentially hosting students onsite for a couple of days sometime in December 2022 or January 2023 for a more immersive experience? The focus would be for them to learn more about your organization and for you to get some additional sprint speed work completed.
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If you answered yes or maybe to the above question, what organization location would you host at?
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