About 180 Degrees
180 Degrees Consulting (180DC) is the leading global network of university affiliated offices delivering affordable, high-quality consulting services for non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and socially minded corporations.
Our mission is to strengthen the social impact of organizations through innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions to the challenges they are facing. We operate in over 30 countries with over 100 branches in the world’s top universities.
In addition to developing projects that address an organization’s unique challenges, we have also developed special expertise in five common areas through our work with non-profits globally – revenue generation, marketing & engagement, expansion strategy, market analysis and operational efficiency.
180 Degrees Consulting Canada
As part of a Canadian Alliance, we are fortunate to offer our consulting services in one of the largest non-profit sectors in the world and the largest as a percentage of GDP. As of 2017, economic activity in the Canadian non-profit sector represented 8.5% of Canada’s GDP. Canada’s “core non-profit” sector – charitable and non-profit organizations that are not hospitals or universities – accounted for 2.3%. Most of these non-profits do not have access to high quality strategy consulting services, making our value-added game changing to an underserved sector.
We are also putting students onto a path towards more socially focused careers and greater charitable giving. As of 2018, levels of giving by Canadians decreased 11% from its peak in 2014. Reversing this trend is key to a more socially conscious and just society.
Starting with the opening of the first branch at the University of Toronto in 2016, 180DC Canada now has 5 locations across the country. Annually, over 100 consultants from top Canadian universities come together to transform their innovative ideas into high quality deliverables for our clients.
About 180 UBC
Since our founding in 2017, our teams have completed 12 projects with clients in the Greater Vancouver Area. Our consultants fill a gap in the market where social impact can be larger and more cohesive. We have established a practice focused on supporting Indigenous organizations and promoting environmental sustainability. Each year, 50% of our resources go towards supporting Indigenous non-profits and social enterprises.
Our branch established the first mentorship program in Canada that partners industry professionals with our consulting teams. Mentors provide key insights into the consulting process by helping scope and structure projects, answer questions, providing client-side experience, and more.
We pride ourselves on being a student-run organization that is open to students of all backgrounds. Our wide range of perspectives and academic diversity provides students, clients, and mentors a valuable consulting experience. To build upon our students’ talents, we equip our consultants with the best resources which include, but are not limited to, various training and networking events to expand soft skills and technical knowledge.
Our Focus Areas
We work primarily with non-profits that are focused on the following four areas:
Because we believe that, as future leaders, we need to play an integral role in preserving traditional cultures and languages and promote an inclusive and just society.
Because we believe we have a duty to protect our natural environment for future generations.
Because we believe that eliminating poverty and homelessness is not an elusive dream but a realistic goal that can be achieved with the right approaches and smart solutions.
Because we believe that every child should have access to high-quality education regardless of where they are born and regardless of their financial situation.