Consulting for Impact Partner Organization Application 2019-2020
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 2019-2020 program.
The Consulting for Impact (CFI) Club matches Harvard MBA candidates with Boston-area nonprofit organizations for engagements spanning the academic year. During this time, pairs of students complete a strategic consulting project (4-6 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 two 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 in or near Boston. 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.
- Application priority review deadline: August 7, 2019
- Application deadline: August 14, 2019
- Projects selected: Late August 2019
- Project list released to students: Early September 2019
- Student applications due: Mid-September 2019
- Students selected and matched to projects: Late September 2019
- Partner organization kickoff with students: Early October date TBD
- Project duration: October 2019 through April 2020 (with a one month break from mid-December through late January when students are off-campus)
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.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns as you complete the application or after it is submitted. We (the 2019-2020 CFI co-presidents) are more than happy to help brainstorm and refine proposed projects.
• Paula Alvarez Lopez (
• Frederic Repond (
Note: If you wish to complete the application offline, please email
About Your Organization
Organization's website URL:
What is your organization's mission?
Name of organization's main contact person:
Email address for main contact person:
Phone number for main contact person:
Approximate annual budget 2019
Approximate number of full-time paid staff members:
More than a hundred
Stage of the organization:
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?
Our consultants really value the opportunity to observe board meetings.
We are not sure at the moment
Number of board members on organization's current board
Approximate frequency of board meetings:
Once per year
Twice per year
2-4 times per year
More than 4 times per year
Location (city) of board meetings:
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 2018 and April 2019.
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)?
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?
About Your Proposed Project
Please outline the proposed project that you envision for the student team
Please note that if your organization would like to apply for two projects, you should submit this form twice.
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
If the office address where the students' main contact works is 30 minutes or further from HBS's Allston campus in Boston, would you be willing to meet with students on-campus at least once per semester if the students visit your office at least once per semester?
Not applicable - office is less than 30 minutes from HBS
If you would like to share any additional information with us, please do so here:
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