CASES stands for Collaborations Accelerating Sustainable Engagement & Solutions. CASES aims to help AAPI community-based nonprofits build capacity and accelerate impact through skills-based volunteering while simultaneously developing the leadership competencies of the next generation of leaders through service learning.


What is CASES?

CASES is a skills-based volunteering model of community engagement that seeks to:
- Bring together nimble groups of like-minded, socially conscious young professionals in a project team setting;
- Connect them with PbP's nonprofit community partners to conduct research and evaluation of the challenges facing the community;
- Leverage their diverse and cross-functional skillsets in developing solutions to help build capacity and accelerate impact.

How it works?

CASES clients will be paired with a team of 4-5 pre-selected, high-performing PbP volunteers dedicated to the organization’s project. Over the span of three months, CASES volunteers will produce a written deliverable and presentation which provides recommendations for a specific capacity-building project.

Why it works?

The project team environment, collaborative engagement with the nonprofit community partner, and intentionally condensed time frame of engagement are the elements of this model that are conducive to the production of tangible deliverables by our volunteers.

Deliverable: Through client interviews and thorough research, CASES teams will provide specific, actionable recommendations that allow clients to improve and grow their organization. Types of projects will vary in order to target our client’s most pressing challenges, including marketing plans, market research, expansion plans, and financial analysis. The written deliverable will cover the following - project scope, research, analysis, and recommendations - and will be presented to the client at the end of the 3-month project term

Collaborative Approach: To effectively identify and address the challenges that our clients face, we expect clients and their teams to engage actively with each other. Over the course of the 3-month project term, we expect our teams to meet with their clients at least three times in-person while maintaining regular email and phone communication. For our teams to be most effective, clients must be willing to share information that is relevant to their team's decision-making process; we process full confidentiality in return

Commitment to Social Impact: We expect our team members to take a strategic rather than implementation approach to problem-solving. Similarly we are seeking clients who are committed to their organizations and able to implement solutions in the long-term. We expect clients to have a clear idea of their project and the impact they strive to achieve.

Organizational Structure

Project Examples

In August 2017, our New York chapter hosted the first annual “Project LEAD: Leaders Empowering Action Day.” Through this hackathon/demo day model, Project LEAD brought together over 40 multidisciplinary professionals, creatives, and problem solvers to work on issues facing the most vulnerable members of the local Asian American community. For project examples, please refer to their Project LEAD website.

For Clients

Who can apply to be CASES clients?

PbP's nonprofit community partners may apply to be CASES clients. Priority is given to PbP's past and present beneficiary partners (beneficiaries of the Plate by Plate annual tasting benefit).

Does engagement with the current beneficiary partner change?

Similar to prior years, PbP’s engagement with the current beneficiary partner will still include the annual campaign focused on raising volunteerism, awareness, and capital. The current beneficiary partner will also be assigned a CASES team dedicated to a capacity-building project per project term. Among CASES clients, the current beneficiary partner will be the sole beneficiary of that year's Plate by Plate annual tasting benefit.

Benefits of being a CASES Client

- Capacity-building project over a three-month period, plus help scoping that project
- Partnership with 4-5 PbP members who are young professionals across multiple functions and multidiscilinary skillsets, eager to learn about and contribute to the social sector
- Publicity within PbP's network and events

Client Expectations

- Regular check-ins with project team to support project scoping, primary and secondary research, and analysis for recommendations
- In-person meetings held at a minimum once a month throughout engagement (at least 3 total) and email/phone communication maintained on a weekly basis
- Eager to create learning environment for project team members, establishing long-lasting partnerships that may evolve into future board membership (not simply gaining short-term volunteers)

Apply to become a CASES client

We will be piloting the CASES program in Spring 2018 with our Current Partner. The Past Partner CASES application will be open in August 2018 for the Fall 2018 term.

For Volunteers

Who are CASES team members?

Project Managers and Team Members of CASES are high-performing PbP Steering Committee Members, pre-selected via a special application and interview process. Priority for project manager selection is given to those who have volunteered with PbP for at least year.

How are the project teams structured?

Teams are formed based on cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skillsets, allocated to each project depending on the problem it seeks to address (task-force style). Where applicable, PbP may bring in external subject matter experts to contribute to the team.

How many project terms are there per year?

There are two project terms, spring and fall. Spring Term: March - May; Fall Term: September - November.

How many project teams can members be a part of?

Members can only be placed on one project per term to ensure dedication to the project’s success.

Can members simultaneously be a part of both functional and project teams?

CASES team members must also be members on PbP Steering Committee functional teams, unless they are subject matter experts brought in specifically for project needs. To ensure commitment to functional team duties (e.g. marketing, fundraising, operations, events, operations, volunteer management), directors and managers of PbP functional teams may not simultaneously be project managers. However, managers on PbP functional teams may be team members on project teams.

Benefits of being a CASES Team Member

- Hands-on nonprofit experience addressing the important issues in the AAPI and greater Los Angeles community
- Skill-Building workshops where you will learn from industry experts about topics including fundraising, digital marketing, and nonprofit board service
- Network with like-mind, highly motivated volunteers across multiple industries and multidisciplinary skillsets

Team Member Expectations

- Regular check-ins with nonprofit partner liaison to support project scoping, primary and secondary research, and analysis for recommendations.
- In-person meetings held at a minimum once a month throughout engagement (at least 3 total) and email/phone communication maintained on a weekly basis.
- Commitment of 3-5 hours per week on the project, with the intention of maximizing the learning experience provided by the nonprofit partners that you will bring back to the PbP Steering Committee and take with you to future board memberships.

Apply to become a CASES team member

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Non-Profit Training

CASES team members as well as general PbP steering committee members will supplement their existing expertise with a series of workshops and speaker events to gain exposure to social sector and nonprofit management best practices.

Project by Project's Los Angeles CASES will be held one Saturday per month at The Great Company in Downtown Los Angeles, during the 2nd hour of mandatory monthly PbP steering committee meetings.

Proposed Workshop Topics

AAPI Nonprofit Sector, Board Governance, Public Relations/Outreach, Social Innovation, Digital Marketing, Financial Sustainability, Adaptive Leadership, Human Capital, Technology, Personal Branding, Cultural Competency

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    Jenelle Yee, Director of CASES

    Jenelle graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.S. in Finance. While in college, she interned with Microsoft's License Contract Compliance Team, Morgan Stanley‘s Wealth Advisory division, and served as the Director of Campus Unity on behalf of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada. Upon graduating college, she moved to Austin, TX to work at Applied Materials in Global Internal Audit. After a little over 2 years, she decided to move back to the west coast. She currently works at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, CA as a Senior Financial Analyst. Outside of work, she has served on the Fundraising Steering Committee of Project by Project Los Angeles and is the Event Coordinator for Girls in Tech, Inc.

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    Eileen Ung, President

    Eileen Ung graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering and is now a Public Finance Analyst at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (MUFG). Her dedication to community service is exemplified through her involvement with Ready to Learn, a program that helps students from underserved LAUSD schools prepare for academic success. Eileen previously interned with Asian Pacific Community Fund and continues to contribute in their annual giving circle. As a Riordan MBA Fellow Alumna at UCLA Anderson, she mentors high school and college students from diverse backgrounds in the college application and job recruiting process. Eileen is currently part of the Riordan Leadership Institute, undergoing a year-long curriculum in nonprofit and social sector leadership training.

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Apply to become a CASES team member