Quick, real-time support.
Through On Demand, volunteers work one-on-one with a nonprofit leader to address an immediate strategic challenge for up to eight weeks. Engagements come in two options, consulting projects or thought partners:
On Demand: Consulting Projects
We connect nonprofits to business professionals with the skills and experience to quickly understand and address one immediate challenge and provide tailored recommendations. Volunteers do strategic (not tactical) work and are not expected to support implementation, although many do continue to work with their nonprofit client in a personal capacity after the engagement officially concludes.
On Demand Consultant Profile:
- 5+ years of work experience
- Specialized skills in the project areas selected on application
- Ability to work independently with a senior-level client
- Available for 2-4 hours/week for up to 8 weeks
On Demand: Thought Partners
We connect nonprofit leaders to seasoned business professionals with the skills and experience to serve as a thought partner. In a confidential setting, Thought Partners provide a trusted ear for scenario planning, courses of action, or facilitation of conversations among board, staff, and leadership. Depending on a client’s needs, a Thought Partner may offer several informal calls or schedule formal, agenda-driven check-ins.
Thought Partner Profile:
- 10+ years of consulting, business, nonprofit, or executive-level experience
- Specialized experience in the project areas selected on the application
- Available to the client for 1-2 hours/week for up to 8 weeks
Project Topics: Applicants can select up to three topics, view project topics.
Process: After the application is submitted, we will search for a volunteer with relevant experience and expertise that matches your request. If an appropriate volunteer is available, we will notify you and initiate the match.
Eligibility: Registered IRS 501(c)(3) local* nonprofit, mission does not promote specific religious beliefs or political parties/movements.
*Local to one of our four metropolitan regions: Chicago, Greater Philadelphia, Greater Washington, and the Twin Cities.
Process: Our online application collects your contact information, professional background, skills, and prompts you to select potential project topics (view project topics). Your application will then be added to our pool of available volunteers. If your skills and background match a nonprofit request, you will be contacted for a brief interview to confirm your capacity and availability.
Please note: We do not accept any full-time students (undergraduate or graduate), and we prioritize placements to volunteers local to one of our four metropolitan regions: Chicago, Greater Philadelphia, Greater Washington, and the Twin Cities.