Alumni Consulting Team Volunteers

The mission of Stanford ACT is to drive lasting community impact by engaging teams of GSB alumni who apply their expertise and passion to strengthen social benefit organizations.

The Stanford Alumni Consulting Team (ACT) provides strategic pro bono expertise in a wide range of areas. ACT volunteers are Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) alumni at various stages of their careers with expertise in general management, strategy, business and market analysis, financial management, earned revenue, marketing, technology, and more. They are savvy about how organizations function, including the challenges of planning, decision-making, and implementing change.

Stanford GSB is dedicated to making a lasting, positive change toward eliminating bias and racism both on campus and in the broader community. Stanford ACT’s mission is closely aligned with the University’s racial equity initiatives (REI) to empower underrepresented communities. To support this goal, Stanford ACT is committed to completing 50 consulting projects by the end of 2025 for organizations dedicated to fostering inclusion and racial equity.

Service Offerings

Three Consulting Pathways

In addition to Springboard Sessions, traditional ACT consulting projects bring a GSB alumni team together to address critical strategic issues over a 3 to 6-month time frame. Consulting Projects are conducted annually in the fall. Each Fast Track of Full Team project is staffed with an ACT Project Leader (or co-Leaders), and fits the size and resources of the client organization, sometimes providing a single consultant and other times a team of up to six.

Springboard Sessions Return

We are pleased to announce that Springboard Sessions, a two hour, virtual brainstorming session in which alumni generate ideas to help nonprofits and civic entities with a specific strategic question or business challenge, will take place for a second time in April 2024. Volunteer recruitment will begin in February, and sessions will occur in April.

Key Dates
January 9, 2024 Springboard Sessions: Nonprofit application deadline
February 22, 2024 Springboard Sessions: Volunteer sign up begins
March 15, 2024 Springboard Sessions: Volunteer sign up deadline
April 2–25, 2024 Springboards take place
June 30, 2024 Fast track and full team Projects: Nonprofit interest form deadline

Impact

The Alumni Consulting Team was founded in 1987 by a Stanford GSB student and an alumna and has grown to be one of the largest pro bono resource providers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its inception, ACT has served 765 clients with over 1,000 projects for an estimated consulting value of $95 million.

Volunteering Opportunities

Learn more about volunteer opportunities through ACT.

Projects

Learn about ACT’s consulting work through selected past projects.

Stories & History

Learn how ACT was founded and read about the impact ACT has had.

Alumni Spotlight
MBA 1997

“It’s a heady experience collaborating with skilled Stanford GSB alumni, all aligned in the goal of making ACT the premier pro-bono consulting organization for volunteers and nonprofits alike.”

Volunteer Appreciation Event with Stanford Deans Levin and Minor
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Volunteer Appreciation Event with Stanford Deans Levin and Minor

GSB Dean Jon Levin and Stanford School of Medicine Dean Lloyd B. Minor in conversation on racial injustice, COVID-19, and the impact of ACT volunteers