Client Eligibility Criteria

Is an ACT project right for your organization? To best leverage ACT volunteer efforts, a nonprofit organization needs to reach an appropriate stage of development and size.

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.

Before applying to work with ACT, please review ACT’s eligibility criteria. ACT will only consider applications from organizations meeting these criteria:

  • 501(c)(3) status or operates in the public sector
  • Full-time, paid executive director
  • Minimum annual budget of $250,000
  • Based in the SF Bay Area OR anywhere in the US if work focuses on advancing racial equity or clients are primarily Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC)

ACT does not work with organizations that require our volunteers to sign nondisclosure agreements. ACT does, however, require its consultants to sign its own volunteer agreement, which addresses expectations around client confidentiality and conflict of interest.

To help ensure the success of ACT’s engagements, we look for organizations with:

Internal Stability

  • Not undergoing a leadership transition
  • Has resources to implement change

Organizational Readiness and Commitment to the Project

  • Provides senior staff and key board members’ time and attention
  • Is flexible to meet with consulting team after work hours
  • Willing to provide post-project and one-year follow up feedback

Demonstrated Need

  • Consulting request addresses a high-priority strategic challenge facing the organization