Social Impact Consulting

UCLA Anderson’s social impact consulting programs give MBA students the experience of applying theoretical concepts of business to real-world societal challenges. Student teams provide pro bono consulting in marketing, operations, finance and expansion strategy to address strategic challenges of mission-driven nonprofits and social enterprises.


Overview of Programs


October 30 – November 22

Net Impact Consulting Challenge (NICC)

January 2020 – March 2020

Social Impact Consulting Corps

October 4 – March 6

Applied Management Research (AMR)
Field Study


Social Impact Consulting Programs


A Life-cycle approach to driving change

Net Impact Consulting Challenge (November) 

Social Impact Consulting Corps (Jan-March)

Social Impact field study

Southern California Nationwide with an emphasis on Southern California Southern California and beyond
2-3 Week Consulting 3-Month Consulting 6 Month Consulting
Provided pro bono to the organization Provided pro bono to the organization Reduced fee of $5,000 to the organization
For nonprofits with limited scope problems needing quick recommendations. For nonprofits with larger scope problems needing deeper, more strategic research. For more established nonprofits with the human and financial capital to commit to a 6-month rigorous consulting engagement.
LA-based nonprofits seeking solutions to a pressing problem get matched with a team of 3-5 MBA students who work diligently for 2 weeks to recommend solutions to a presented problem. Nonprofits in Southern California and beyond are matched with an MBA team and faculty advisor to address a strategic priority or problem limiting their success. Domestic nonprofits receive a subsidy to participate in the AMR field study program. Organizations are matched with a team of 5 MBA students, and are expected to work closely with the students to oversee the project.

Student Application Deadline: October 21, 2019

Student Application Deadline: TBA

Student Application Deadline: TBA

Client Application Deadline: September 20, 2019

Client Application Deadline: TBA

Client Application Deadline: TBA


2018-2019 At A Glance





Nonprofit or social enterprises served


Consulting hours


Attend an Information Session (Students Only):



October 16, 2019
(Open to Students Only)

Social Impact Consulting Corps


AMR Field Study

April 5, 2019
(for the class of 2020, MBA and FEMBA only)


For Companies


Nonprofit and for-profit social ventures receive:

  • Valuable exposure to new knowledge, research methods, and research expertise from one of the best business schools in the world
  • The opportunity to work with MBA students specializing in social impact
  • Help with marketing/strategic/operational/expansion plans, assistance on financial strategy and assistance on alignment with social impact
  • Ability to design a project that pulls in expertise from other UCLA departments
  • Quality and rigor of professional students with five-plus years of work experience in the fields of consulting, finance, marketing, operations, technology and social impact

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