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Alumni Consulting Team (ACT) for Nonprofits

The Stanford Alumni Consulting Team provides pro bono consulting expertise in a wide range of areas, including strategic planning, marketing, earned revenue, financial sustainability, and organizational growth.

ACT projects are customized to the specific needs of each client organization. Created by Stanford GSB alumni in 1987, ACT has grown to be one of the largest pro bono resource providers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Browse the articles below to see some of the ways that ACT volunteers have helped Bay Area nonprofits increase their impact.

ACT at a Glance
25-30 projects conducted each year
1,300+ volunteers engaged
More than 500 clients served
$3 million consulting value donated annually
August 3, 2015
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc (PVI) asked ACT to help them develop a viable business plan for their Little House Senior Activity Center.
A plaque that reads: In gratitude to the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team - Sean Bandarkar, John Carlson, Win Derman, Deirdre Noris, Linda Schuck, Bob Stevens, Fred Thieman - March, 2015
August 1, 2015
Anticipating a major donor’s funding would end soon, BARTC turned to Stanford ACT to revise its marketing plan.
A mountain biker smiles as she rides down a hill.
January 1, 2015
As they sought to increase their membership base, especially among younger donors, the club wondered if their name was meaningful to potential donors.
Stanford women's basketball team with cheering crowd behind them
March 15, 2014
ACT suggested several models for how Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) could structure alumni volunteers to coach and mentor local executives in the field.
African entrepreneurs gather together to celebrate the work they have done with SEED.
October 15, 2011
David Lewis, the long-time head of Save the Bay, felt the upcoming 50th anniversary of the organization was a good time to update Save the Bay’s strategic plan.
A sunny day at beautiful wetlands in the San Francisco Bay Area.
February 15, 2011
ACT consultants were called on to assist in the development of a five-year strategic plan that would guide the Haas Center’s decisions regarding programs, funding, facilities, and staffing.
A volunteer and two boys experiment in a classroom.
January 15, 2011
The engineering school established a steering committee and engaged the Alumni Consulting Team (ACT) to evaluate and explore various research administration service delivery models.
A production line of 1980s computers.
October 15, 2010
The Stanford Alumni Consulting Team helped answer the question: How can we structure the relationship between the local chapters and the national organization of A Home Within?
A beaming young girl in straw hat.
October 15, 2010
ACT volunteers set out to develop a five-year plan with a focus on increasing the museum's earned income, which at the time of the initial engagement was at 30% of...
A little girl plays with and learns about water as it trickles down the wall.
October 15, 2010
ACT consultants worked closely with two Bay area nonprofits on how an equity-sharing fund to finance residential down payments could benefit both the public and private sector.
An affordable housing project.
October 15, 2010
Outward Bound approached the Alumni Consulting Team to help answer the question: What would it take to create a successful Outward Bound Urban Center in the Bay Area?
Four young adults paddle down a rapid in an Outward Bound raft.
October 15, 2007
Cynthia Dai, MBA ’93, shares her experience leading a Stanford ACT project to help Uganda Rural Development and Training develop a sustainable funding model.
A group of Ugandan farmers gather for a training class.