Alumni Consulting Team 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.

We have alumni with expertise across sectors, functions, and geographies and customize our projects to the specific needs of each client organization.

ACT Continuing its Efforts to Explore New Ways of Sustaining Impact (updated 12/22)

Over the last three years ACT has responded to the global pandemic, shifted our work online and aligned our goals with the GSB’s Action Plan for Racial Equity. ACT is continuing its pause of service to address strategic questions regarding the sustainable pursuit of its mission in a changed and changing landscape. We’re making steady progress in this effort, thanks to the thorough commitment of an ACT team, and will provide additional information on this website in the not-too-distant future. We look forward to continuing to engage volunteers and serve nonprofit clients for many years to come.

Stanford GSB is committed to making lasting, positive change toward eliminating bias and racism beyond our community. To support this goal, the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team (ACT) will undertake 50 projects by the end of 2025 for organizations that are committed to inclusion and racial equity. Projects that meet ACT’s racial equity initiative goals are those for nonprofits whose work focuses on advancing racial equity or clients who primarily serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC) communities, as well as clients whose mission is broader with a specific project, focused on serving BIPoC communities.

Impact over Time

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.

Nonprofit Clients

ACT clients range from small community-based nonprofits to university and hospital departments to government agencies and programs.

We tailor each consulting project to fit the size and resources of the client organization, sometimes providing a single consultant and other times a team of up to eight.

Deputy Director, LeaderSpring

“ACT team’s analysis of our work and its place in a market in which we had not been, is not only broadening our reach and impact, it is allowing us to increase our revenue for general operations.”

Executive Director, Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf

“Working with the ACT team was a highly engaging, challenging, and exciting experience that resulted in a shared vision for our program’s future. The recommendations were clearly defined, and we were able to begin the implementation process immediately. We loved the shared energy from each member of the ACT team!”

Stories of Impact

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

School Story & News Search

August 15, 2019
Stanford GSB’s ACT program sends alumni into social impact organizations to strategically solve problems and plan for growth.
Illustration of people holding up a school. Credit: Linn Fritz

June 23, 2017
Hundreds of Stanford MBA volunteers donate more than $3 million of consulting value annually.
ACT volunteers | Stacy Geiken Photography

August 03, 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