Since 1996, Community
Consulting Teams (CCT)—Atlanta has helped nearly 200 hundred non-profit organizations further their
missions by assigning teams of volunteer Atlanta-area MBAs to business or
management projects submitted by local
CCT is soliciting project applications from non-profit
organization that can benefit from the services of a CCT team. Between 25 & 30 organizations will be
selected. Projects can focus in almost any area of business or
management, but the project scope should be something that can be completed in
about 4-5 months of volunteer time from a team of about 4-6 MBAs. Services are free of charge to the non-profit
Completed applications must be received by midnight Friday,
October 12th 2012 unless you’ve talked to us about an extension. Applications must be completed via the
on-line application at cctcommunity.org
will be selected and interviewed in November, and finalists selected in
mid-December. Projects will kick-off in
late January 2013, and be completed in late May or early June.
For more information on CCT or the application and selection
process, please visit us at http://www.cctatlanta.org
and follow links to “Becoming a Client”.
Or contact Adrian
Sawczuk, CCT Client Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Selection Criteria
Your organization should:
- Be a non-profit organization; preferably with a 501(c) 3 or
- Have an annual budget of under $10 million, although we do
work with larger organizations on a case-by-case basis
- Have a designated paid full-time “executive director”
- Be located in the
Metro Atlanta area although you need not be headquartered in Atlanta—i.e. the
local chapter of a national organization
- Have dynamic leader(s) who are excited about working with
committed business people, and who are open to advice from third parties
- Have an engaged Board, and, in particular a member willing
to serve as project champion
Your project should be something that
- Central / significant to the organization and its
- Well-defined and tangible; has specific topics to be
addressed and deliverables to be produced
- Able to be completed in 4-5 months by a 4-6 person team of
volunteers spending about 8-12 hours per month each (i.e. about 150-350
- Relevant to the skills, training, and backgrounds of our
types of projects include:
- Marketing strategies
- Membership strategies
- Growth strategies
- Operational effectiveness
- Business plan development & feasibility analysis
- Organization design and resource usage
Some types of
projects we are less equipped
strategies, campaigns, or activities; although we can help with background
tasks like defining the financial need and develop key campaign messages
recruitment or development; although we can help with background tasks like
identifying needs and gaps
strategic and action plans; although in the allotted 4-5 months, we can help
with many of the plan components such as environmental scanning, needs
assessment, customer or stakeholder engagement, and/or identification of
Process and Timeline 2012-13 Season
Request for Project Applications
October 12, 2012
Selected and Contacted for More Information/Site Visit
November 1, 2012
Finalist Clients Selected
Late Jan 2013
Team Kick-Off Meeting with Client
Late Jan/early Feb 2013
Teams Complete Work
Late May/early June 2013
Completing Your CCT Application:
Some guidance on completing selected
Please provide a brief summary of your organization
Fine to list your
organizations mission verbatim here, but in addition, here or somewhere else in
the application please provide some detail on what your organization does, its
main projects and activities, the number of clients it serves etc.
Provide the following information on your “Executive
Director” or equivalent position.
Preference is given
to organizations with full-time, paid Executive Directors.
How many employees do you have?
Tell us the number of full-time and part-time and
also some information on volunteer staff.
A little detail on the different roles of the employees (particularly if
you only have a few) is desirable.
What is the budget for your current fiscal year?
Many orgs list very
small budgets for very ambitious operations, because they fail to include
in-kind or donated services etc. Fine to list your “money” budget, but also a
few lines about the extent of in-kind and donated services would help us get a
sense of the true resources your org has.
What are your primary sources of funding?
A ROUGH breakdown of
your sources of revenue is needed here. Nothing detailed but some sense of how
much from grants, how much from corporate donations, how much fees, individual
Have you previously used outside consultants---whether
volunteer or paid? In what way and what was your experience?
We need to know more
than yes/no here. What did they do for
you? What kind of help/deliverable? What
did you do with it? Is the current
project at all related to the work they did?
How would you describe the “culture” of your
Please give us a
little detail here on what the atmosphere, corporate philosophy, etc of your
organization is? Are there some guiding principles in your operation?
What are the major challenges your organization currently
question and the next two are all inter-related. That is, we want to know your biggest
challenges, and then (in next question) some sense that a CCT project will help
you address them, and then (in next question) some specifics of the product you
are looking for. Please don’t just list challenges here, a few specifics are
needed. Not just “marketing” but
“marketing to [whom] because without this [this problem] will result. Not just “funding” but what kinds of funding.
Have these always been challenges, or are they new ones? If new, why are they occurring?
What question or issue would you like the CCT consulting
team to address?
What is the big issue
or two that the CCT team needs to help you with? Be very specific. Not just marketing, but
marketing to whom and for what purpose, etc.
Not just “planning” but planning for what etc. And a little detail—if not provided earlier
in your challenges—on why these issues are central to the organization. IMPORTANT: Where you have lots of issues
to address, please give some sense of priority to them as the team will
probably have to choose among them.
What would you see as the end result and
deliverables/products produced by the CCT project?
We need you to be
very specific here. A marketing plan
that includes strategies to do [what] with [whom] so that we’ll have more/less
[what]. Not just “operational plan” but
process improvement in [which] areas so as to increase/reduce [what]. IMPORTANT: Where you have lots of
potential deliverables, please give some sense of priority to them as the team
will probably have to choose among them.
Why is it important for the organization to address this
issue, and, in particular, why in the near future?
finalists, we give priority to projects which meet a central problem defined by
the organization. So any information
here on how solving this problem is central to addressing the organizations
challenges will only help.
What role would you and your leadership team expects to play
in our work?
The biggest problem
our teams face is clients without the time, energy, or person power to stay
involved with the team, provide the information they need in a timely fashion,
be available for meetings and consultations etc. Any information showing how your leadership
will stay involved, dedicating time and staff, setting aside regular meeting
times etc is much appreciated.