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2017 All Client Event Sizzled with Energy!

The 2017 launch event for clients and volunteers was held on Saturday, January 21 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. 

 

Congratulations 2017 Clients!

CCT reviewed many excellent applications for consulting grants this year. The final selection process was extremely difficult. We welcome our 11 clients for 2017.

Charles River Conservancy  – Cambridge – Operations/Financial Modeling 

Children’s HealthWatch – Boston – Expansion/Growth  

Community Boat Building – Boston – Expansion/Growth  

EVkids – Boston – Expansion/Growth 

Hospitality Homes – Boston – Expansion/Growth  

Household Goods – Acton – Operations/Organizational Design  

Old North Foundation – Boston – Marketing  

Neurofibromatosis Northeast – Burlington – Expansion/Growth  

Resilient Coders – Boston – Marketing  

Samaritans – Boston – Marketing Strategy  

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation – Newton – Branding/Marketing  

Volunteer Profile: Carol Krauss

Current CCT Role: Advancement Chair

Volunteer Since: 2009

How She Discovered CCT: Carol Krauss responded to an email from her alma mater, Tuck School at Dartmouth, about a small all-volunteer nonprofit that did consulting for other Boston nonprofits. Having worked in management consulting before business school and then afterwards for Arthur D. Little, this seemed like a natural fit.

First CCT Project: In her first project in 2009 for NEADS Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, she connected so much with the organization that she became a long-term volunteer Weekend Puppy Raiser raising two dogs for veterans with PTSD.

Volunteer Profile - Gabriele Loebbert

Current CCT Role: Board Co-Chair

Volunteer Since: 2008

First CCT Project: Judge Baker Children’s Center

MBA: Darden School of Business at UVA

How She Discovered CCT: Gabriele says she is, “forever grateful to Julie Rowe who introduced me to CCT.” Gabriele and Julie had known each other from having worked on a start-up together.

CCT Experience: Although there certainly have been challenges while leading the organization during this recent period of growth and evolution, Gabriele describes her board experience as, “a lot of fun with such a talented group of individuals.” Gabriele has been involved with many facets of CCT’s operations. When asked what she has enjoyed the most, she responds, “I love the project work as that is the core of our mission - I’ve been a team member, project manager and sponsor.” In addition to project work, Gabriele also admits to a passion for client development. She co-chaired the Client Development Committee and still loves doing client outreach during the summer months as well as conducting site visits with applicants in the fall. Gabriele shares, “I love meeting with potential clients, learning about the incredible work they are doing and figuring out how a CCT team could best help.”

Volunteer Profile: Julie Rowe

CCT has been fortunate to have Julie on the team for nearly 10 years. Julie started with CCT in 2006 and has worked with a number of CCT client organizations including ImprovBoston, Charles River Conservancy, Danforth Art, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and twice with Helping Hands Monkey Helpers.   Julie started as a team member and progressed to project manager; she was appointed to the CCT Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Volunteer Relations Committee in 2011. In this role, she is critical in assessing, growing and building CCT’s work with volunteers. If you have a volunteer question, Julie is the one to ask!   Julie has very much enjoyed her involvement with CCT. Julie noted that it’s rewarding to apply one’s skillset to the business problems of Boston’s nonprofit organizations, in addition to learning from other teammates. Additionally, she emphasizes that CCT’s culture is fun and collaborative.  This year Julie is heavily involved with implementing Salesforce.com, software that will streamline the management of CCT’s volunteer database. Over the next several years, Julie would like to see CCT further spread the word about its organization and grow its volunteer membership. Last year CCT served 11 nonprofit clients but had to turn away a number of others.

Volunteer Profile: Stewart Chapin

Ready and Willing to Guide Potential Clients Stew is in his second year on the CCT Board heading up the Client Development group. He and his team are responsible for client outreach and assisting potential clients in the grant application process. When applications are submitted in August and September, he will be leading the difficult task of client evaluation and selection. When thinking about CCT clients, Stew feels that he “knew them when their projects were, in many cases, just rough ideas. Following the review and refining process, when client finalists were presented, the client development team hoped that CCT volunteers would feel just as jazzed about them. Months later, after project completion, the ‘graduating’ clients are at last ready to put counsel into action. And we’re ready to start all over again with next year’s class!”  Please let Stew know if there is a Boston-area nonprofit you would like to refer to CCT or if you represent a nonprofit interested in applying for a CCT project! You can email Stew at client@cctboston.org  Stew’s CCT StoryA Tuck MBA, Stew joined the CCT Board after serving as a co-project manager on three CCT projects, one with the Asperger’s Association of New England and two with Roca. During the most recent project cycle, along with his client development role, Stew sponsored the Just-A-Start project.

Volunteer Profile: Jill Tsakiris

CCT Client Recruitment Contact

In her current role as Client Development liaison to the Board, Jill Tsakiris works on recruiting clients with worthy projects and matching them with volunteers’ experiences and expertise. She adds, “CCT is adamant about delivering high quality recommendations and ensuring an excellent volunteer experience. Our biggest constraint is in finding experienced Project Managers to staff the many worthy project requests that CCT receives each year. It takes a special person to manage a successful project team.” You can contact Jill regarding client referrals or client applications at client@cctboston.org.

Long and Satisfying Experience with CCT                                                      

Volunteer Profile: Peter Sanborn

Now in his 5th year at CCT, Peter Sanborn progressed from first year Team Member for The Philanthropic Initiative project to Project Manager for the MASS Design Group and then a Board member overseeing strategic planning. In the current cycle, he is also Sponsor for the All Hands Volunteers project.

Peter is a Stanford Business School alumnus who works by day as a fund manager investing in international stocks for Oechsle International Advisors. He says that CCT is his antidote for the alienation he feels when reflecting on the world’s many pressing issues. For him, CCT provides the tangible satisfaction of “giving back” more directly through a specific organization’s mission, rather than the usual arm’s length method of writing checks — though that’s important, too!

Along with colleagues on the CCT Board, Peter has thought deeply about what makes for a great volunteer experience. He and the board believe that volunteers are most fulfilled if they can: make an impact on the client’s organization, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow volunteers, learn and grow personally, and feel they are part of a well-managed, thoughtful organization.

Volunteer Profile: Carolyn McGuire

As we celebrate the start of our 25th project cycle, we highlight honorary board member, Carolyn McGuire of Weston, who has been called the “heart” of the CCT organization. She was a founding member in 1991 and has served in many roles, including 14 years on the Board. After turning over the Board Chair role to the current team, she has stayed involved in special projects and continues to work with the business school relations team.

Carolyn did not imagine when she responded to an intriguing opportunity that it would evolve into a labor of love. “I received a mailing from Tuck about volunteer consulting opportunities at a time when I was at home with small kids. The chance to give back to the Boston community with my business skills was very appealing, and I’ve been involved in CCT ever since.”

Early on, Carolyn saw how powerful CCT projects could be for nonprofits. Her first project was developing a targeted communications strategy for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. A year later, she learned that the organization credited the work CCT had done with increasing applications by 100% in the targeted segment. Carolyn has continued to invest her time and talent, because she believes, “CCT empowers nonprofits to do what they do better and longer so that they can more fully serve their missions and constituents.”

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