We are unveiling a series of new and expanded initiatives, with the twin goals of:
Offering expanded opportunities for partner engagement.
Deepening and diversifying the offerings we are able to provide to our grantees, and to the broader nonprofit community.
Emerging Organizations Track Pilot
Through the course of our work, we have come to recognize that there is a critical gap in the funding landscape in Boston that SVP is positioned to fill. Many organizations led by communities of color do not receive the levels of financial and capacity building support that more traditional organizations receive, despite their impactful programming and strong levels of community trust.
To begin to address this need, we are excited to announce the launch of our pilot “Emerging Organizations Track” (E-Track). Our goal is to seek out and nurture these early stage organizations led by communities of color, addressing critical capacity building needs and positioning these high potential organizations for next level funding.
Our Project Database lists discrete projects that our grantees have requested support with. It is a convenient way for partners to search independently for one-off projects that fit their skills, interests, and schedules.
This work occurs alongside our core consulting work and makes it easy for partners with busy schedules to work directly with grantees.
Centers of Excellence are an opportunity for interested partners and grantees to come together and become subject-area experts in a given field related to nonprofit leadership and management. This is an opportunity for learning that brings together senior leaders from our grantee organizations with partners who are interested in building this specific skill set.
The content and delivery of our Centers of Excellence are designed and led by partners with years of relevant experience, who have been leaders in their respective fields.
1. Fund Development U
This will be a reprisal of the highly effective training that was designed and led over the past two years by an independent consultant, Chuck Gordon, and will build on the knowledge library created to offer a second round of training led by experienced SVP partners.
This will focus on a foundational understanding of nonprofit governance and will dive into questions of best practice and effective strategies for strengthening board engagement and participation.
3. Human Resources
This will focus on Human Resource challenges and opportunities that are common across the nonprofit sector. It is designed to give participants a level of knowledge and expertise to more effectively advise on and/or navigate HR issues.
This spring we will launch a program that will match interested SVP partners with leadership staff at our grantee and alumni organizations. Partners will serve as “coaches,” offering advice and support to staff members who traditionally access very little in the way of professional development.
Our coaching program will be designed and led by partners with an extensive HR background, and we will provide training and ongoing support to our coaches. This program is one more way for partners with busy schedules to connect directly with our grantees, forging personal relationships that have the potential to be transformative.