Community

Global engagement can begin with local involvement. Allwin Initiative programs and student-run service organizations provide Tuck students with the opportunity to become involved with the local community. Students can lend their muscle on a Saturday volunteer project, offer their insights as part of local consulting team, or apply to serve as on local nonprofit boards of directors. All these experiences teach an understanding of the problems faced in local communities and the managerial skills required to make a difference.

Community Outreach Day

Community Outreach Day underscores the value MBAs can provide to their communities and calls attention to the important role business leaders play as civic leaders. During orientation each year, members of the entering class devote half a day to share ideas on an organizational challenge for nonprofits in the local area. The day culminates with a dinner at which a prominent guest shares personal views on the power of individuals to make a difference in a community and the world.

Now in its 11th year, on Sept 1, Community Outreach Day connected the Class of '12 with 27 local agencies. Read the press release of the program's 10th anniversary year.

Revers Board Fellows Program

This program aims to strengthen local nonprofits and encourage students to continue their involvement with nonprofits in the communities in which they will live as Tuck alumni. Students work in pairs and use their business knowledge to act as nonvoting members of boards of participating organizations. They attend board meetings and may be assigned to board committees and asked to complete project work. Organizations will appoint a board member to act as a mentor to the student. Students benefit by gaining experience applying their business skills, while nonprofits benefit from the addition of newer members with business acumen.

The Allwin Initiative facilitates development of the program by providing the venue for sourcing MBA applicants, developing an education session for students and organizational representatives prior to active work, and talking with students and executive directors to learn about the progress of the program. It is also a resource for any issues that may arise.

The program is generously supported by Daniel Revers T'89.

Nonprofit Board Fellows Program Manual for MBAs
The Allwin Initiative has collaborated with five top business schools to produce a manual designed to increase the number of MBA students on nonprofit boards. Board Fellows programs provide nonprofits with access to the expertise and enthusiasm of MBA students. The manual describes established successful programs, analyzes current models, identifies best practices, and offers guidance for matching strategies to an individual school’s needs and circumstances. It was designed to be used in a number of ways, for example, by a business school with an existing Board Fellows program, by a school that is considering starting a program, or by students as they develop a proposal for a new program. The manual might be used by nonprofit boards of directors or executive directors so they can propose this idea to business schools in their areas. A pdf of the manual is available for free download.

TuckBuilds and TuckTrails

The concept of the TuckBuilds program was developed by a Tuck student and is implemented each year by students with Allwin Initiative support. During the days, students on TuckBuilds work on a building project site. In the evenings, they gather for informal dinners and chats hosted by faculty and administrators. A select group of Tuck alumni guest speakers round out the evenings, sharing their perspectives on community involvement from both a personal and corporate level. Last year's participants found this focus on community engagement to be a truly rewarding week and a great transition to living in the Upper Valley. Additionally, it was a meaningful way to get to know the Tuck community. August 2009 marked the fifth year of TuckBuilds. Read the press release.

TuckTrails is a new program that started in August 2010. During the daytime, students mapped hiking trails with GPS equipment and did the physical work of trail maintenance. Their evening program was similar to the one described for TuckBuilds.

Tuck Student Consulting Services

Tuck Student Consulting Services (TSCS) is a student managed and staffed free consulting service for local nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. It provides students the opportunity to use their skills and give back to the community. The goal is to improve Tuck outreach in local communities, increase student understanding of nonprofit and small business issues, and broaden awareness of opportunities to volunteer while using business skills. Nonprofit Strategy Lunches offer executive directors an hour of brainstorming with students.

In the fall 2009, 97 Tuck students volunteered their business skills and knowledge to assist 14 organizations (6 local businesses and 8 nonprofits). The types of projects included healthcare, consumer product, clean energy, microfinance, children arts, shelter, women’s hotline, and hiking and trail maintenance. Most projects are staffed with 3-5 Tuck students, with each student providing an average of 5 to 10 hours on the project. [more on TSCS]

Tuck Volunteers

Tuck students take time from their academic schedules to do volunteer work in the Upper Valley community. Students plan 3 service workdays a year. Tuck also fosters strong partnerships with the local school systems to support educational outreach programs. Everybody Wins organizes reading mentors in the local elementary schools, while Junior Achievement teaches classes on business and economics. Tuck students also organize the annual Run for the Kids, which raises funds for three local children's organizations.

The Nonprofit Exchange

The Allwin Initiative shares its resources to strengthen the local nonprofit community through the Upper Valley Nonprofit Exchange, a network that brings together nonprofit leaders to learn from each other and from Tuck faculty and guest speakers. The Initiative hosts sessions each term focused on a topic of professional interest to nonprofit leaders and facilitates other professional development opportunities. The Exchange serves executive directors within a reasonable commute from Hanover, so that students can be a resource to the group as well offer pro-bono consulting and volunteer activity. The Allwin Initiative is a co-convener of the Exchange with Granite United Way, the Upper Valley Region of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Vermont Community Foundation.