180 Degrees Consulting at UBC provides pro-bono consulting for nonprofits and social enterprises in the Greater Vancouver area.
We provide socially conscious organizations around British Columbia with high quality and affordable consulting services. We work with organizations to develop innovative, practical and sustainable solutions for whatever challenges they may be facing.
Why We Exist
Vancouver is one of the most progressive cities in the world – we are lucky to be part of a society that highly values community work, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and equal rights for all people. Yet, many issues such as the housing crisis, poverty, marginalization of groups, and climate change, are ongoing – and our non-profit sector is right at the frontlines, trying to solve these issues. The work done by non-profits and social enterprises is crucial, yet many organizations lack the resources to become truly effective. This is where we come in.
Who We Are
UBC 180 Degrees Consulting (UBC 180DC) was founded in 2016 by students who were passionate about making an impact in the non-profit sector through the field of consulting. Since then, our branch has recruited over 60 student consultants, and worked with 12 client organizations in Greater Vancouver. Each year, our clients receive consulting services from a team of 4-6 UBC 180DC students, consisting of a team lead and junior consultants. The branch as a whole is managed by a small but effective executive team of driven and knowledgable students.
How We Run
Student consultants at UBC 180DC are each assigned to a single project under a client, whom they work with during the academic year. Students are supported by mentors who have professional experience in the consulting industry and beyond. Each team is assigned a project mentor who guides the students through the year-long consulting process, and ensures they have the sufficient knowledge, training, and skills to tackle the problems set out by their client. The executive team carries out the recruitment process at the beginning of the year, and works to provide additional support for consultants, plan events for the UBC community, manage finances, and expand the outreach of 180DC across campus.
What We Do
Throughout the academic year, our consultant teams conduct market research, data analysis, and a range of other services in order to develop practical strategies to meet our clients’ needs. Teams meet with their respective clients and mentors on a regular basis, first developing a clear project plan with attainable goals, and then conducting their research and analysis throughout the year. At the end of the second semester, teams present their final recommendations to clients, ensuring that their solutions are innovative, effective, and practical.
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