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Taylor Community Consulting Program

Innovative Learning. Delivering Impact to Local Nonprofits.

Thanks to an endowment from the employees of Enterprise Holdings, Olin students have provided pro bono consulting services to scores of St. Louis nonprofits since 1993.

Eligible organizations must hold IRS-approved 501(c)(3) status and have been in operation for at least two years to participate in the Taylor Community Consulting Program.

After submitting an online application which will include an organization profile, description of the consulting project, and suggested deliverables – the CEL staff works with applicants to refine the project description. The goal is to maximize the value of the project – for each nonprofit organization as well as for the students’ educational experience.

video Teams of two to four graduate and rising junior/senior undergraduate-level students are assigned to each consulting project. Each student devotes at least 75 hours to the six-week project. Teams are able to address a wide range of business challenges. Recent projects have focused on topics including market research, brand audit, strategic planning, and financial and operational assessment. Professional consultants from Deloitte serve as mentors to each project team.

Participating students have strong incentives to excel. In addition to the practical learning experience and application of their business school skills, students receive course credit for their project work.

Each project concludes with the student consulting team making a final presentation to representatives from the nonprofit organization, Olin, Enterprise Holdings, and the Taylor family.

Taylor consulting teams provide analysis and recommendations that can have a dramatic impact by providing an outcome-based evaluation of an organization's effectiveness and strategic insight for long-term success. Past projects have focused on market research and advertising materials, feasibility studies for expansion and the infusion of technology into billing and reporting activities.

Many area nonprofit organizations have benefited from the Taylor Community Consulting Program, including:

  • American Lung Association
  • Missouri Division of Family Services
  • Cardinal Ritter Institute
  • Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club
  • Center of Contemporary Arts
  • Jewish Family & Children's Service
  • American Red Cross
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Catholic Charities
  • St. Patrick Center
  • Archdiocesse of St. Louis

Program Timeline

Spring Semester Fall Semester
Organization application deadline Late January Early September
Project descriptions released to students Early February Mid-September
Student application deadline Mid-February Late September
Organization selects teams Early March Early October
Project work begins Mid-March Mid-October
Final presentations delivered Late April/ Early May Early December