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c reative ideas. practical action. lasting change. The Problem…. The vast majority of student-driven o rganizations only enable students enable students to make a difference through: Raising money, or Raising awareness. This seems strange given that:

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creative ideas. practical action. lasting change.

The Problem…

The vast majority of student-driven

organizations only enable students enable

students to make a difference through:

  • Raising money, or

  • Raising awareness

This seems strange given that:

  • Most students don’t have that much money

  • Throwing money at problems often doesn’t address the underlying causes of those problems

  • Raising awareness should not be that important if ‘win-win’ situations are created

  • One of the main strengths of youth is the ability to think creatively

At the same time…

Many non-profit organizations do not

operate as effectively as is possible.They

often face challenges related to:

  • Financial sustainability

  • Marketing

  • Human resources management

  • The effective use of social media

  • Volunteer recruitment

  • Working out organizational priorities

  • Developing a workable business plan

Addressing these challenges is important

because the effectiveness of funds is just

as important as the level of funds.

The problem is that most consulting

services are prohibitively expensive, and

the few services that are pro bono are

not scalable. Most non-profit organizations

miss out.

The Challenge…

How can we improve the effectiveness of

non-profit organizations in a sustainable

and scalable way?

How can we create a

‘win-win’ situation so

that all stakeholders


The Solution…

To create an international student-driven

consultancy that generates significant

social impact by enabling the most

capable university students to develop

sustainable solutions to challenges faced

by socially conscious organizations.

  • Socially conscious organizations looking for innovative and cost-effective solutions

  • University students willing and able to assist

How it works…

The idea is to have a network of 180 Degrees Consulting branches based at universities around the world. At each branch, university students would work throughout the year with local non-profits to identify and overcome specific challenges they are facing.

As part of this process, students would be able to collaborate with their international peers through an online platform, leveraging the capabilities of socially-minded youth worldwide to generate innovative, sustainable and practical solutions for clients.

Non-Profits benefit by…

  • Getting access to important services they otherwise could not afford.

  • Having people come in with fresh eyes to develop creative solutions to challenges they’re facing.

    Put simply, non-profits have nothing to

    lose and potentially a lot to gain

Students benefit by…

  • Making a positive and tangible difference to society

  • Gaining work experience (since students are allocated to projects that match their skills and knowledge)

  • Receiving professional training (from the prestigious for-profit consulting companies we partner with)

  • Developing transferable skills (e.g. problem solving, teamwork, creative thinking, and cross-cultural communication)

  • Getting exposure to the consulting industry and to the work of various charities

  • Having fun working with students from all corners of the world

Implementation of Idea…

  • We have been working hard to implement our idea.

  • There are now established branches in the following locations:

    • Sydney University (Australia)

    • University of New South Wales (Australia)

    • InstitutoTecnológicoAutónomo de México (Mexico)

    • Far Eastern Federal University (Russia)

    • Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden)

    • Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)

    • Indiana (USA)

    • Ithaca (USA)

  • There are also more than 10 new branches being setup

180 Degrees Consulting

Examples of organizations we’re working with…

  • AfriCapin Mauritius on improving microfinance programs

  • A21 in Ukraine on social enterprise development to provide employment opportunities for women subjected to sex slavery

  • Crossroads in Hong Kong on effectively connecting second-hand goods to those in need around the world

  • Hand-in-Hand in India on fundraising strategy

  • Red Cross in Australia on marketing strategy

  • Viola Vitolis in Bangladesh on combating arsenic poisoning


  • “180 Degrees is one of the few organizations that is legitimately thoughtful and novel. It is a great opportunity for students to get practical experience that is manageable alongside full-time study.” – Alex Lewis (member of a 180 Degrees Consulting Team)

  • “We are incredibly grateful for the help of the 180 Degrees Consulting team, made up of intelligent and creative individuals. Since implementing their recommendations we have seen a 60% increase in the number of KPIs we meet.” – CEO of Sydney-based Non-Profit Organization

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do students have the ability to consult?

  • What is the client engagement process?

  • What is the timeline?

Do students have the ability and experience to consult?

What is the client engagement process?

Client engagement process

What is the timeline?

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