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Booth Alumni Nonprofit Consultants (BANC)

Alumni: Apply to BANC

BANC is accepting applications from Chicago-area alumni for projects that will begin in January 2018.  Application deadline is December 15. 

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Volunteer Requirements

We are seeking Booth alumni who are eager to use the skills learned at Booth to help nonprofits for pro bono consulting projects. Booth alumni in all stages of life’s journey are welcome to apply, including stay-at-home parents, retirees, and re-launchers. Requirements for volunteers are outlined below:

  • Available for an average commitment of 2-4 hours a week for 4-6 months beginning this January
    (Note: This is an average estimate; some weeks will require more effort and other weeks none at all.)
  • Individuals who have control over their schedules with the ability to meet with the clients in their Chicago offices during normal business hours. Teams can have between 3-5 meetings with their clients. If you travel regularly for business, you may want to contact one of the BANC Directors at BANC@ChicagoBooth.edu to see if this program is right for you.
  • Professional and collaborative attitude with clients and other volunteer consultants.
  • Attendance at a training session at the Gleacher Center on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Volunteer Timeline 

BANC will accept applications through the end December 15 and will contact team members in December 2017. Projects will commence with training on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Projects are expected to be complete within 4-6 months.

Current Projects 

BANC is currently recruiting alumni for the following projects:

Between Friends (Chicago, IL) 
Project: Develop Business Plan To Reduce Teen Dating Violence

Between Friends was founded with the mission of breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse. 

BANC consultants will develop a business plan for Relationship Education: A Choice for Hope (REACH), a program that aims to prevent violence in teen dating.  The BANC team will develop and present program model options after conducting primary market research, competitive and cost analysis, as well as develop a marketing plan outling a roadmap and method of outreach to customer segments.

Skills needed for this project: 

  • Business plan development and/or execution 
  • Consulting
  • Market Research
  • Financial Analysis/ Planning
  • Marketing


College Bound Opportunities
(Riverwoods, IL)
Project: 
Craft Strategic Marketing Plan For Mentoring Program

College Bound Opportunities mentors economically disadvantaged students to help unleash their potential, graduate college, pursue meaningful professions, and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. 

BANC consultants will develop a strategic marketing plan. The BANC team will conduct primary market research, analyze the competitive landscape and complete a SWOT in order to deliver a targeted marketing plan including key messages and PR tactics (social media, radio, TV and print). 

Skills needed for this project:

  • Product Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing Communications
  • Brand Management
  • Advertising
  • Social Media 

One Million Degrees (Chicago, IL)
Project:
Analyze And Expand College Tutoring Program

One Million Degrees (OMD) empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work and in life. 

BANC consultants will study usage and impact of the tutoring program with the goal of increasing effectiveness and efficiency. The team will recommend ways to improve the scholar’s experience and impact of OMD programming. In addition to utilizing existing data, BANC consultants will design and conduct focus groups among key stakeholders. A secondary research goal is to identify industry-wide best practices and academic studies.

Skills needed for this project:

  • Interest in post-secondary education
  • Statistical Analysis
  • IT/database creation/structure
  • Ability to communicate analytical findings to a non-technical audience
  • Focus group moderation
  • Secondary research experience


Urban Autism Solutions (Chicago, IL)

Project: Develop Marketing Plan For Urban Farm

Urban Autism Solutions is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities. 

BANC consultants will perform a competitive analysis and develop a marketing plan for Urban Autism’s Growing Solutions Farm, a program that teaches vocational and horticultural skills to young adults with autism.  The BANC team will help Growing Solutions Farm become sustainable in support of its mission within Urban Autism and to “sell what we grow and grow what people want.”

Skills required for this project:

  • Business plan/Business case development
  • Consulting
  • Marketing plan development
  • Start Up experience
  • Restaurant/food distribution experience
  • Financial analysis/planning
  • Marketing, Communications, Digital Marketing
     

The University of Chicago Women's Board (Chicago, IL)
Project:
Craft Marketing Communications Plan To Increase Membership

The University of Chicago Women's Board (UCWB) serves the University by providing funding to projects focused on faculty research, student life, arts and cultural institutions and community outreach.

UCWB has asked BANC to develop a marketing communications plan to attract new members. Consultants will perform competitive analysis and present a marketing communications plan. The plan will include key messages, and a positioning and a promotional strategy. 

Skill required for this project:

  • Public Relations
  • Marketing Communications
  • Brand Management
  • Advertising
  • Social Media

If you are interested in being considered for one of these projects, please complete the Volunteer Application.

Please note that only alumni who have completed the MBA program are eligible to apply.


MISSION

BANC’s mission is to leverage pro bono consulting services from Booth alumni to help nonprofits thrive.

WHO WE ARE

BANC is a Chicago Booth initiative collaboratively developed and backed by the Dean, Alumni Relations and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation. Booth alumnae Gayle Haller, '87 and Judy Maley, '84 saw an opportunity to match the desire among Booth alums to give back with the need for external help expressed by nonprofits. BANC was launched with two pilot projects in Fall 2015.

WHAT WE OFFER

For nonprofits: BANC provides pro bono consulting in a number areas: Strategic Planning, Financial Planning & Sustainability, Marketing, Program Growth Strategies, Social Enterprise.

For alumni: BANC offers Chicago-area Booth alumni a pro bono opportunity to help nonprofits in the Chicago region.  

Consulting projects typically have 4-6 consultants and last up to six months. 

WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED

BANC consultants have successfully completed six projects:

  • Strategic growth plan for an economic development organization

  • Process map and financial software management system recommendations for a social services organization

  • Promotion and pricing strategy for a growing social services organization that serves Illinois’ most at risk citizens
  • Positioning, promotion and pricing strategy for a highly regarded Chicago-based early childhood program.
  • Marketing plan to help a Chicago theater with two proposed strategic partnerships with the goal of increasing theater audiences at specific performances.
  • Key messages update for a housing program for low income seniors to better communicate its mission and services.

WHO WE SERVE

BANC seeks to serve nonprofits with the ability to provide meaningful projects and to implement consultant recommendations. To be considered, nonprofits must meet the following criteria:

  • assign a staff member and backup who will be dedicated to working with the BANC consultants
  • have a full-time, paid Executive Director who has been in place for at least one year
  • be a 501(c)3 or operate in the public sector with an annual budget of at least $500,000 or more
  • have enough capacity to implement the BANC recommendations, and is not undergoing a leadership transition
  • be prepared to begin working with BANC volunteer consultants on the project in January 2018
  • be located in the Chicago area
  • attend training at the Gleacher Center on January 23, 2018
  • have project leaders from the organization who are flexible to meet after hours

Clients are chosen based on both the quality of the project and the ability of the engagement to attract volunteers.

WHO WE LOOK FOR

BANC is seeking committed Booth alumni with a desire to use their management skills to benefit nonprofits through pro bono consulting projects. The projects typically utilize expertise in a wide variety of areas. We match the needs of the project with the skills required to complete the consultancy.

Alumni who have worked on previous BANC projects had skills in the following areas: management consulting, market research, product and business development, technology consulting, financial systems management, financial analysis, communications and sales.

Booth alumni in all stages of life’s journey are welcome to apply: professionals and entrepreneurs looking to give back to the community and to understand challenges unique to nonprofits, millennials, stay-at-home parents, retirees, alumni looking to strengthen bonds with the entire Booth community. Even if you have been out of the workforce for a number of years, consider applying to the program - skills learned at Booth last a lifetime!

Alumni applicants will be matched with projects depending on skill sets and project needs.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR:

BANC volunteers come from a range of backgrounds but share a strong desire to use their Booth skills to help the community. In addition to that passion, we look for:

  • An average commitment of 2-4 hours a week for up to 6 months beginning from the start date of the project.  (This is an average estimate. Over the course of the project, some weeks will require more effort and other weeks none at all.)
  • Individuals who have control over their schedules with the ability to meet with the clients in their Chicago offices during normal business hours. Teams can have between 3-5 meetings with their clients. If you travel regularly for business, you may want to a contact one of the BANC Directors at BANC@ChicagoBooth.edu to see if this program is right for you.
  • Professional and collaborative attitude with clients and other volunteer consultants.
  • Attendance at a training session.

WHAT OUR CONSULTANTS SAY:

BANC volunteers report a strong sense of satisfaction in helping clients meet their specific challenges. Consultants also valued their experience for strengthening their understanding of the nonprofit space, broadening their peer networks and for the sheer fun of working with a team of Booth alums!

If you are a Booth alum, we hope you will consider joining a future BANC project. For further information about BANC, please email: BANC@ChicagoBooth.edu

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