Students help non-profits become more sustainable
Simon Fraser University students from the Axis Consulting program are using the concept of social entrepreneurship to help non-profit organizations become more sustainable.
Axis Consulting is part of Enactus SFU, which uses entrepreneurial action as a catalyst for progress. The program mobilizes students to provide complimentary consulting services to community organizations to address social, environmental and economic needs.
Students are placed in consulting roles within an organization’s top departments, allowing them to apply in a practical setting the theories they learn from the classroom. They have worked with key players in the consulting industry, including Deloitte, Sierra Systems, PM Volunteers, and SFU Beedie School of Business professors.
“Approximately three of five non-profits close within the first year,” says Michael Dyatchenko, Surrey resident and Axis Consulting manager. “We apply business principles to improve non-profit organizations and deliver a greater impact in the community.”
From the organizations to the people they serve, Axis has assisted 115 people since September 2012 through various projects that have improved the quality of life and standard of living of others. Its current clients are the Surrey Urban Mission Society, Mission Possible Recycling, and Enterprising Women Making Art.
“Some of our consulting projects have included implementing an accounting system, moving a non-profit’s physical store to an online store, and restructuring an organization,” says Dyatchenko.
Recently, Axis raised $29,000 for the Surrey Urban Mission Society to help the organization relocate and maintain its programs.
The SFU program started as a grassroots project in August 2012 and has worked with three clients on eight different cases.
Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.
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