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By Dann Denny
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When Jasmine Slivka was studying abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia last semester, she joined an international organization called 180
Degrees Consulting, in which college students offer free consulting to nonprofit organizations.
“It was a great opportunity for me to apply everything I’d learned in the classroom to the real world,” said Slivka, a senior business major at Indiana
University. “I really loved it, and when the organization asked me to start up its first branch in America, I said I would.”
Slivka has already established an Indiana University chapter of 180 Degrees Consulting, and is spreading the word to area nonprofits.
“During the next few weeks we will be interviewing nonprofits,” she said. “We hope to accept at least 10.”
Local nonprofit organizations can contact Slivka at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-874-6690. The application deadline is Sept. 5.
Slivka plans to recruit 50 to 60 IU students into the program, who will divide into five-member teams to help nonprofits with such things as fund-raising,
marketing, volunteer recruitment, financial planning and social media strategies.
The students, who do not have to be business majors, will be selected through an application process — then trained. Team leaders will be selected to
direct the teams.
“The teams will work with each nonprofit about 16 weeks,” Slivka said. “Collectively, the students will put in 15 to 18 hours a week for the nonprofits,
and will meet with each nonprofit four times during the semester. At the end of 16 weeks, the teams will make a formal report for each nonprofit.”
Slivka said 180 Degrees Counseling benefits not only the nonprofits, but the students who help them improve.
“It gives students an opportunity to apply the skills they’ve learned in the classroom,” she said. “They learn about teamwork and communication and
problem solving; and they get the satisfaction of knowing they are making a significant difference in the community.”
For more information see www.180degreesconsulting.org.