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Asian Art Museum

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Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education

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Hanna Boys Center

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Positive Coaching Alliance

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Aquarium of the Bay

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Ceiba Public Charter Schools

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HandsOn Bay Area

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Launching new projects in the Fall - September 2013!

Volunteer 2-4 hours a week for 4-6 months to help a nonprofit with strategic business challenges and meet a network of alumni with a similar giving spirit!  For more information on volunteering, click here. 

To volunteer for a project, contact nancy@hbscp.org.  Fall projects will kickoff in October and wrap up around March. 

List of Recent projects -- just completed!

Roadtrip Nation (SF)—Partnership Distribution Strategy – High School curriculum to empower and mentor students to map their interests to future pathways in life.

Children’s Creativity Museum (SF) —Business Plan to Repurpose Café -- A hands-on, multimedia arts and technology museum & carousel for kids located in Yerba Buena Gardens.

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SF) – Strategic Plan – Provides support to the Hospital for research, education and care to benefit the programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community.

Salvation Army  (Golden State Division – SF) – Strategic Evaluation Process for the Division’s 30 Centers -- Faith-based organization that provides a variety of community service centers to service the needs of the community. 

Global Glimpse (SF)– Marketing & Communications Plan -- Experiential education programs abroad in Nicaragua & Dominican Republic for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. 

City of San Jose Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services -- Sponsorship Plan – San Jose department that manages recreation properties and diverse programming for all ages including 180 parks, 55 community centers, 24 trails, 3 golf courses, and a zoo.  

Building Futures Now (E.Palo Alto) -- Strategic Plan -- Helps underserved students from East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park to achieve their highest academic and personal potential through year-round, individual mentoring beginning in fourth grade. 

Public Architecture (SF) -- Growth Plan for 1% Program – Architecture firm working for the public good.  The 1% Program connects firms willing to give of their time with nonprofit organizations in need of design assistance.

Scleroderma Research Foundation (SF) -- Strategic Plan -- Funds and facilitates research aimed at improved treatment options and, ultimately, a cure for scleroderma – an autoimmune disease that effects hundreds of thousands of people.

FACES SF - Donor Engagement through Performance Metrics – Serves the needs and well-being of San Francisco’s young children and empowers families to become self-sufficient through child development programs, jobs training and placement program and family support services.                              

Aquarium of the Bay (SF) is major tourist attraction at Pier 39 whose mission is to create experiences that inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed.  The Aquarium is looking for help on two projects.  One team will perform marketing research to better understand their customers and the visitor experience.  A second team will conduct a review of the organizational effectiveness of the combined organization, the Aquarium of the Bay and the Bay Institute.  

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (SF) is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted to Asian art and visited by over 200,000 people a year.  The museum is governed by dual boards – a Public City Board and a Private Foundation Board.  The Asian has asked this team to present some best practices on nonprofit boards to help educate and align the boards to achieve its long-term strategic objectives.

Ceiba Public Charter Schools (20%Watsonville, 80% Palo Alto) performs in the top 20% of schools statewide and the top 2% of schools in similar demographics despite 50% less spending per student than the school district.  Ceiba has asked our team to perform an organizational review to help them build an organizational culture of excellence, continuous improvement and innovation that positions it for the next phase of growth. While the school is located in Watsonville, many of the board members are on the Peninsula thus the majority of the project time can be focused on the Peninsula.

Glow (SF) is a program designed to build the capacity of schools and nonprofits to empower under-resourced students and their families to overcome barriers to higher education access and success with financial planning skills, ability to access complex financial aid programs, and improved access to scholarships.  Our team will help Glow assess their strategy and recommend a revenue and pricing model to increase its earned income.   

HandsOn Bay Area (SF) creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn and lead in their communities.  They work with local nonprofits, schools and parks to identify high-impact, group-based volunteer project and recruit volunteers to get the job done.   With more than 80 direct-service projects a month for corporations and individuals, they strive to provide volunteers with a high-quality experience.  HandsOn Bay Area is an affiliate of HandsOn Network and Points of Light Institute, the largest volunteer management network in the nation.  Our team will help HandsOn Bay Area to create a strong brand strategy for its community volunteering program.

Hanna Boys Center (80% SF, 20% Sonoma) is a state approved residential treatment program to change the lives of troubled, motivated youth through faith, education, and caring, helping them grow into productive members of society.  Hanna provides students with full-time residential treatment and a fully accredited high school.  Hanna has asked our team to perform a business model analysis and to make recommendations to optimize financial performance and to reduce the need to draw from Hanna's endowment to sustain operations.  The project will involve a couple of site visits to Sonoma but most of the project time will be focused in San Francisco where most of the Board Members are located.

Industry Initiative for Science and Math Education (IISME) (Santa Clara) is a program to transform teaching and learning through industry-education partnerships by placing teachers in paid summer fellowships in high tech companies, universities, and research laboratories in order to adapt their practices and change their schools.   Founded a group from UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science in 1984, IISME has provided 3,135 fellowships and reached over 2 million students.  Our team will review IISME’s marketing strategies to help them expand and promote their program to industry partners.

Positive Coaching Alliance (Mountain View) is a national non-profit with the mission to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.  Launched at Stanford University in 1998, PCA has impacted more than 4 million youth athletes through live workshops, online courses, published books and articles, and a series of alliances with nationally recognized coaches, athletes, academicians, businesses and national youth sports organizations.   PCA is experiencing rapid growth around the country with five chapters in Boston, Chicago, North Texas, Houston, and Sacramento.  Our team will present some best practices for managing growth through a chapter expansion and present some recommendations for PCA’s operating model.

Talent Bridge/Mayor of San Jose (SJ) is a new initiative of The Office of Mayor Chuck Reed, whose goal is to advance key strategic goals by bringing together members from the private sector, non-profits, and universities to work with the City of San Jose.  By leveraging Silicon Valley’s regional talent and sources of innovation, the program seeks to help the city work towards results such as developing performance indicators for success on crime and gang prevention, higher graduation and employment rates, reduced government costs, and less red tape for businesses. The team will help develop a business plan to launch the Talent Bridge program and that will be the foundation and structure of the program.  

To volunteer for a project, email nancy@hbscp.org. 

If you are a 501(c)3 organization interested in obtaining assistance from Community Partners, please contact Executive Director, Nancy Huang at nancy@hbscp.org or call 650-544-7556.  





Our Impact...
  • Over 700 alumni have volunteered for probono engagements since 1986.
  • Over 130 alumni have participated in brainstorming projects in the past 2 years. 
  • We have served over 400 clients in the past 27 years.
  • We provide $1.8 million of probono consulting services annually. 
  • We received the President's Council Award on Service and Civic Participation in 2008.
  • We organized the first Nonprofit Board Summit for HBS and Stanford GSB Alumni, partnered with HBS Social Enteprise Initiative, Stanford Alumni Consulting Team, Stanford GSB Center for Social Innovation, Draper Richards Kapland Foundation and LinkedIn with over 300 people in attendance.
  • We are the longest running Community Partners project (other programs exist in NYC, Boston, CT, Portland, Los Angeles and London).
  • We have enabled our alumni to get involved and to make meaningful contributions in their community in a variety of ways --  through short-term (brainstorming sessions), medium-term (consulting projects), and long-term (board member) commitments. 
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