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Programs for Nonprofits

Today’s students are civic-minded and want to have a positive impact in their communities. Learn how you can engage their talent and enthusiasm, and WashU's resources, to benefit your organization.

The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) partners with local nonprofits through two programs:

Taylor Community Consulting Program

Nonprofit Consulting. Community Impact.

TCCP matches our top-tier talent with nonprofits in need of fresh perspective and actionable recommendations. Whatever the sector—education, community development, public health, etc.—your agency receives results-based outcomes to positively impact your services to our community.

Not just more resources, the right resources

All WashU students—a diverse pool of talent and experience—are eligible to participate in the TCCP. This allows the CEL to ensure you have the right team for your agency. Depending on your needs, you are assigned a four- to six-person consulting team for an eight-week project.

Serving as social change agents within the St. Louis Community

St. Louis is fortunate to have a thriving nonprofit community. In order to effectively serve the vast needs of these many organizations, we focus our TCCP consulting projects to make the biggest impact. Your organization may apply to participate in the Taylor program if:

  • You are a registered 501(c)(3) agency based in the St. Louis region.
  • Your agency has held its 501(c)(3) status for a minimum of two years.

How It Works

Step 1

Getting Started

  • Determine if you meet the 501(c)(3) criteria.
  • Fill out the online application; deadline is September 15.
  • For questions, contact the Center for Experiential Learning at cel@wustl.edu or +1-314-935-4512. Ask for Beth Doores.
  • If needed, our CEL personnel will contact you to refine your project scope to deliver the results you want in an eight-week time period.
Applications open»Early SeptemberLate JanuaryEarly May
Team Starts Project»OctoberMarchJuly
Final Recommendations»DecemberMayAugust
Step 2

Students Apply for Projects

  • You present your project at an Agency Pitch Session prior to student applications.
  • While every eligible project is presented to our students, the students self-select based on skill set and interest.
  • If your agency is not selected, you have the opportunity to engage in future cycles.
Step 3

Your Passionate Team Gets to Work

  • The CEL considers experience and skill sets when selecting your team of four to six students.
  • One student is designated as a communication lead to work closely with you. The lead is responsible for providing weekly progress reports and any other communication needed.
  • Throughout the process, you will have direct access to your CEL leadership team.
Step 4

Final Presentations

  • Your CEL team presents conclusions and specific recommendations.
  • You choose key stakeholders from your agency to join the CEL leadership team and judges panel at the final presentation. Members of Enterprise Holdings and the Taylor family may also attend the presentation.
  • You have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. This allows the CEL to continuously improve our services while helping students improve their skills for future endeavors.

Testimonials for TCCP

"I am impressed with the level of experience and knowledge on our team. They not only understand what we would like to accomplish, they have helped us see beyond our initial ideas." — Rob Hibbard, Greater St. Louis Honor Flight

"The Taylor team efforts were key in moving our branding project forward after being at a standstill. We are very small, and the infusion of expertise from institutions such as yours is bringing key strengths to our organization." — Debbie Naucke, Executive Director, Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments
Read more about the project (pdf)

Taylor Community Consulting Program by the Numbers (2014–2016)






Project Length


Students per Team

Taylor Community Consulting Program is made possible by a generous endowment from the employees of Enterprise Holdings in honor of company founder Jack Taylor and his family.

Past TCCP clients include:

Cardinal Ritter
Greater St. Louis Honor Flight
Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club
Ride on St. Louis
Senior Service Plus
St. Patrick Center

Olin/United Way Board Fellows Program

Board Governance. Social Impact. Leadership Development.

Every United Way of Greater St. Louis Agency Is Eligible

The Olin/United Way Board Fellows program exists to serve agencies supported by the United Way of Greater St. Louis. There are approximately 175 such agencies in the region that could benefit from the innovative thinking, detailed analysis, and valuable recommendations Olin’s board fellows offer. In addition, this outside perspective is pro bono.

Our Olin/United Way Board Fellows serve on your board as a voting member for one year and are responsible for executing a project designed to provide lasting social impact. With such an incredible learning opportunity, your board fellow is motivated and vested in the future of your agency. In 2015, 70 percent of our board fellows continued to serve at the conclusion of their commitment.

What Board Fellows Can Do for Your Agency


Past projects have focused on financial analysis, IT strategy and implementation, marketing development, outcome metrics, training programs, and creation of a young professionals board.

While every agency supported by the United Way of Greater St. Louis is eligible to host a board fellow, we have parameters in place to ensure successful outcomes for the agency and our Olin student.

Your Board Must:

  • Agree to host a board fellow from May through the following April
  • Allow the board fellow to fully participate in voting and governance
  • Meet a minimum of four times per year, plus have additional committee meetings
  • Allow the board fellow to become deeply immersed in issues facing the board as well as annual matters and responsibilities
  • Provide your fellow with a mentor, who is usually a member of the board

The Mentor’s Role

  • Serve as liaison to the board fellow providing a full orientation to the board and its policies and procedures
  • Help the board fellow as he or she seeks opportunities and committee assignments
  • Assist in identifying a project relevant to the board’s current initiatives
  • Provide midterm and final evaluations

Olin/United Way Board Fellows Program by the Numbers (2014–2016)






Project Length


Student per Agency

Testimonials for United Way Board Fellows

"Olin/United Ways board fellows’ hard work and innovative thinking is an asset to the nonprofit community and the many people across our region that we are able to help live their best lives." — Orvin Kimbrough, President and CEO, United Way of Greater St. Louis

"Call for Help has been involved with the board fellow program for the past four years. I am consistently impressed with the level of interest, experience and enthusiasm our board fellows have shown toward their involvement with our organization." — Cheryl Compton, Executive Director, Call for Help

"The board fellows helped shape and bring to fruition a business plan to form a business within the agency: a temporary employment service that works with ex-offenders to find jobs and immediately establish a work history. Last year, Employment Connection made $1.6 million, employed more than 220 people, and generated a profit of $225K to invest in other programs." — Brenda Mahr, CEO, Employment Connection
Read more about the project (pdf).

How It Works

Step 1

Begin the Conversation

  • Connect with Rick Skinner, Vice President for the Volunteer Center at United Way of Greater St. Louis, at rick.skinner@stl.unitedway.org.
  • The CEL leadership team assigns a board fellow to your organization. While only one Olin student sits on your board, the director and additional faculty serve as advisors. They ensure you have the expertise you need to achieve the impact you want.
Step 2

Your Board Fellow Becomes Immersed

  • Your board fellow works with his or her mentor, intimately getting to know your organization, its needs, and where innovative and cutting-edge thinking will make the biggest impact.
Step 3

Your Board Fellow Develops a Project Proposal

  • Your board fellow is responsible for developing a project proposal to solve a current business problem facing the agency.
  • Throughout the process, you have access to the director of the board fellows program and the rest of the CEL leadership team.
Step 4

Project Proposal Delivered to Create Lasting Impact

  • During the one-year tenure, your board fellow oversees a project need of your agency.
  • You have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to help the CEL and your board fellow improve their skills and service.

Past Board Fellows clients include:

Sherwood Forest
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
Great Circle
Jewish Family & Children's Services
The Salvation Army