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Client Selection Criteria

Is a CCT Project Right for Your Organization?

To best leverage CCT volunteer efforts, a nonprofit organization needs to reach an appropriate stage of development and size.  We look for the following qualities in an organization and in its ability to support a project.


  • Nonprofit organization with a 501(c)3 status
  • Compelling mission
  • Full-time, paid Executive Director, and a minimum of three full-time paid staff
  • Established Board of Directors
  • Approximate annual budget between $500,000 and $5 million
  • Located in Boston or greater Boston area
  • Serves constituents in the following sectors: youth, healthcare, social action & advocacy, education, human services, environment/energy, and the arts
  • Does not promote a particular religion or political party

To help ensure the success of the consulting engagement, CCT also looks for:

  • Demonstrated Need
    • Consulting request addresses a high-priority, strategic challenge facing the organization
    • Financial need for pro-bono consulting
  • Organizational Stability
    • No changes underway or anticipated in key leadership positions
    • Stability in finances and funding sources
  • Organizational Readiness and Commitment to the Project
    • Senior staff and key board members willing to dedicate time and attention to the project
    • Organizational capacity to plan and implement change
    • Willingness and commitment to attend meetings and provide requested information and feedback on a timely basis throughout project cycle

Project Criteria

Potential projects should meet the following criteria:

  • Address a high priority, strategic challenge, such as growth plans, new market or service opportunity, operational effectiveness
  • Have well-defined goals and be achievable by a volunteer team of 6-8 consultants working 3-5 hours per week within a 5-month timeframe.
  • Have the sponsorship of the organization’s leadership, both Executive Director and Board Chairperson

*Note: Please consider that the project applied for will be completed between January-May; the strategic challenge selected for the project needs to remain relevant within that timeframe

Common project types from successful past applicants include:

  • Business plan feasibility analysis
  • Marketing strategies
  • Membership strategies
  • Operational effectiveness
  • Organization design and resource usage

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