The Hofstra undergraduate chapter of the international service organization 180 Degrees Consulting has been recognized with several awards for its work with local non-profit organizations, including the Frank G. Zarb School of Business’s 2016 Undergraduate Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service and the Endeavor Award for Innovation and Improvement among U.S. chapters.
The Hofstra group, which won the Innovation and Improvement Award from among 50 chapters nationwide, was also recognized as among the top five most innovative chapters worldwide during the 180 Degrees Consulting International Awards convention.
180 Degrees Consulting is an international organization with more than 100 chapters across the globe in which university students volunteer their time and expertise as consultants to local non-profits on a wide range of business functions.
The Hofstra group prides itself on giving students the opportunity to combine their passion for business with their passion for giving back to the community. This year, the organization consulted with seven local nonprofit organizations including Bethany House, New Ground Inc., STW Advocacy for at Risk Youth, Morrison Mentors, IPOV Agency, The Book Fairies and Heeling Soles.
Students assist these organizations with a variety of services including creating a comprehensive strategic plan, addressing recruitment and marketing issues, creating awareness and improving financial viability. In addition to the plan proposals, students also donate their time to support their causes. At the conclusion of each semester, the organization holds a final presentation night where students complete their reports to each of the organizations and present recommendations to the leadership of each nonprofit.
“When I created 180 Degrees Consulting at Hofstra, I was looking for a unique experience to introduce students to the concept of corporate social responsibility and get them better acquainted with the constant challenges that are present in the non-profit sector,” said Brendan Rorke ’16 (BBA) founder and former president of 180 Degrees Consulting. “In addition, we are assisting our consultants to effectively run a business and think analytically and creatively – skills that anyone, regardless of career path, can apply to a professional setting.”