How it Works
What GVC Does
Graduate Volunteer Consultants (GVC) is an organization comprised of University of Minnesota Carlson School MBA & MA-HRIR students who are dedicated to providing free-of-charge business consulting services to nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities.
GVC has been a great way for non-profits to receive assistance with addressing their strategic needs, while providing an excellent stepping stone for students looking to invest in the community in addition to gaining valuable consulting experience.
How GVC Works
In the fall (October to December timeframe), GVC's managing partners ask eligible nonprofit organizations to submit strategic project needs for which they would like GVC's assistance. GVC evaluates the strategic project needs submitted by various nonprofits to determine which projects GVC will take on.
Project needs submitted by nonprofit clients are expected to be 200-250 hours long and will be completed by the consultants and lead consultants in a 6-8 week period in late winter/early spring (Mid January to Early March). For more details on timeframe please see our Structure & Timeline page.
Nonprofit project needs cover various functional areas including: finance, accounting, operations, marketing, human resources, strategy, research, business planning and more. Check out the Services page to see examples of previous year’s projects.
Each project will be assigned 2-4 consultants, one lead consultant and a managing partner. Consultants and lead consultants are fully responsible for working with our non-profit clients on a day-to-day basis to execute projects and deliver on any agreed upon requirements of each project. The assigned managing partner is responsible for initiating and managing GVC's overall relationship with our nonprofit clients as well as providing full scale support for each project team.
If you are a non-profit organization interested in engaging GVC, please refer to the Prospective Clients section of this website.