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The Volunteer Consulting Group (VCG) provides pro bono consulting to community-based organizations. We match top University students with local nonprofits to solve problems in the areas of marketing, fundraising, finances, organizational structure and human resource management.

We Want to Hear from You

If you are either: a current student and passionate about making a meaningful impact in the community; a professional with a desire to explore innovative solutions to social problems; or a non-profit with a challenge ahead of you, then we want to hear from you. Please us with questions and requests about VCG. Please ensure you include “VCG” in the subject line before submitting your comments.

Our Mission

The Volunteer Consulting Group aims to provide students a way to develop their skills through innovative pro-bono consulting for community-based organizations. The students help these non-profit organizations develop creative solutions to difficult challenges and realistic, practical plans to implement them.

Our Approach

With every client engagement, we bring together a multidisciplinary team from the faculties of engineering, arts and science, and commerce. Students are selected through a rigorous process testing their problem solving ability, teamwork and professional skills. We draw upon the knowledge of experienced consultants, industry partners, and past participants provide training and mentorship. VCG also provides training and support to its volunteers through an orientation, feedback from the Advisory Board.

The community organizations we work with benefit from a highly interactive and inclusive 6-month consulting experience. They receive creative solutions to difficult challenges and realistic problems. After the project closes, we remain in touch with our clients to evaluate the outcomes of the consulting engagement.

Our History

 

2011-present Due to an overwhelming expression of interest from industry professionals in volunteering with VCG, five nonprofit organizations were taken on as clients as opposed to four. A defined curriculum was established to define training session topics.
2010 Formally introduced the one-on-one training session format to encourage more discussions between the Engagement Advisors and the project team members. Renamed the Case Team Advisor to Lead Advisor, and Subject Matter Experts were reorganized into a panel of Engagement Advisors.
2009 A record number of student applications were received. A new Industry Advisor position was created to provide a unique industry perspective on the VCG process.
2008 A formalized application process was implemented. A doubled number of Subject Matter Experts joined the program, representing 6 global consulting firms. A record 20 MBA candidates apply for 4 Engagement Manager positions.
2007 Monthly Training Sessions and SME feedback sessions are instituted to educate and provide students with greater insight into their projects and the different elements of consulting.
2006 A formalized Board of Directors is established as well as two new volunteer opportunities for professionals: Subject Matter Expert and Case Team Mentor.
2005 A record 200 applications are received for 25 Volunteer Consultant positions. For the first time, MBA students are recruited to act as Engagement Managers. Ann Armstrong is appointed Faculty Chair.
2004 Professionals from sponsor consulting firms are formally invited to join the group. Consultants from McKinsey, Monitor Group and Deloitte register as advisors.
2003 The program becomes known as the Volunteering Consulting Group (VCG). A team of 15 is selected to begin the first cases.
2002 A subcommittee of the University of Toronto Consulting Association begins to explore opportunities for students to engage in consulting projects with local non-profits. The students eager to apply business thinking to the social sector initiate a pilot program comprised of engineering and commerce students.