The Ross School of Business Community Case Competition (CCC) was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing students with opportunities to apply their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to local non-profit organizations confronting challenging business problems.
Every fall semester, small groups of Ross School of Business students are teamed with Ann Arbor-area non-profits for short-term projects in strategy, marketing, operations, and finance projects that drive fundamental change and propel organizations forward.
Non-profit organizations that engage CCC teams to fulfill projects benefit from the knowledge and problem-solving skills of a dedicated team of students from the Ross School of Business. Each student team works with its client organization to define the project scope, discuss action plans and to schedule the timing of work/deliverables. The team then gathers data, conducts research, analyzes findings, and presents creative and feasible solutions to the client's business problem.
Project clients also benefit from building a relationship with the University of Michigan. It is not unusual for non-profits to conduct more than one project simultaneously or multiple projects over several years.
All projects are completed by Ross School of Business students on a pro bono basis.
How to Sponsor a Project: Please email Communitycc@umich.edu for information.
The diversity of CCC's projects and clientele poses a variety of challenges to student volunteers. Over the years, a wide range of non-profit organizations have engaged the club for projects that address problems across every business discipline. Recent clients and projects include:
Adolescent Health Initiative
Alliance for Jewish Renewal (ALEPH): Market research & growth strategy
Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor Learning Community: Fundraising strategy
American Red Cross (Washtenaw): Marketing strategy
American Lung Association
Arbor Hospice: Growth strategy
Black and Brown Theatre (BBT)
Blood Cancer Foundation
Communities First, Inc
Detroit Food Academy
Gretchen's House Child Development Centers
Habitat for Humanity
Her World Initiative
HERO of Washtenaw County: Board of Directors development
National Organization for Women: Organizational change
Non Profit Enterprise at Work: Business development
Neutral Zone: Business plan development
Peace Neighborhood Center
Washtenaw Literacy: Tutor registration strategy