Welcome to our 2019 Fall Capacity Building Selection Cycle!

Below is our cycle schedule & guidelines.

SVP Denver Fall 2019 Capacity Building Application Process

To learn more about our Capacity Building for Nonprofits Fall 2019 process, check out this blog post, and read more below.

Important Dates:

Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 10 – 11 a.m.    If you missed it, a recording of the webinar is posted here.

Friday, September 6, 2019      Application is live right here!

During the application process, if you have questions or issues, please e-mail us at svpinfo@denverfoundation.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Friday, September 27, 2019     Application closes

no later than December 31, 2019       Investee selections announced


Components of Capacity Building Engagements with SVP:

  • Targeted investments of our members’ time, professional expertise, and resources
    • Dedicated pro bono consulting teams comprised of complimentary skill sets
    • A peer-learning dynamic
    • Access to other resources, including assessment, outside paid consultants, technical assistance, grant dollars

What SVP Denver Will Bring to the Table:

  • Up to one year of general operating support and strategic change project work in a peer-learning environment. We will work with your organization on up to three strategic change projects that you identify as necessary to complete to get your organization to the next level it its business.
    • Examples of strategic change projects include: strategic planning, board governance, brand strategy, financial management, fund development, operational infrastructure, evaluation, HR, and leadership development.
  • Skilled volunteers. We have a dedicated and passionate group of SVP partners (our members) who will roll up their sleeves and help build your organization’s capacity in the areas that you identify are keeping you from reaching your full potential.
  • A commitment to working in partnership. We get that there’s a power dynamic in capacity building relationships. We will do our best to mitigate that. We will invite your honest feedback, own up to our mistakes, and strive to find a path that works for everyone involved.  While we may have specific business expertise and skills that can help you, you’re the expert in your mission.  With that understanding, we see our engagement with an Investee as a peer-learning opportunity, where we can learn from each other in working towards our goals.

What We Will Ask of You:

  • A willingness to take a hard look at what’s holding your organization back, and to share those weaknesses openly. Once the cards are on the table, we can get to work – together.
  • Flexibility, openness and total commitment to working with volunteers who have busy schedules, varied professional backgrounds, and who have joined our organization to give back strategically to organizations like yours.
  • A commitment to calling us out when something’s not working for you.That may be uncomfortable, but our best results come from honest relationships.
  • To identify the capacity building areas you want to work on with SVP and how they relate to your mission. For each area, we will ask you to identify what you envision will occur in the immediate, short, and long-term as a result of our engagement with you. Ultimately, we want to understand what impact our work together might have so we can track our progress.
    • The format for the work plan will follow a basic logic model framework. For more information on what a logic model is, visit this resource.

What We Will Do Together With You:

  • Draft a work plan that details the activities of each strategic change project and what we hope to accomplish throughout the duration of our engagement.
  • Check in on a regular basis to ensure the work we are doing is tracking with our collective expectations.
  • Work in a nimble and responsive way to ensure that no party is carrying a heavy burden in moving the work forward.
  • Measure progress towards the goals of each change project, both at the end of our engagement and one year later.

Successful Engagement Characteristics:

  • A strong interest in a peer-learning relationship.
  • Strong support & active involvement your board of directors within the engagement with us.
  • Strong, passionate, and stable organizational leadership.
  • A desire to “get to the next level” in your organization’s evolution.
  • A willingness to self-reflect and accept external input.
  • An appetite for change, hard work and fun.

What We Look for In Applicants:

  • Qualified Nonprofit Organization = registered 501c3 or operating under a fiscal agent.
  • 7-county Denver Metro region = You are located within and/or providing 51% or more of your services within the Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties.
  • Mission & Impact: you understand your Theory of Change and have an established Logic Model to illustrate how your services are meeting a clear community need.
  • Sound Business Model: your services are delivering their intended value.
  • Financial Stability: over the past three years, you organization has shown consistent financial history, or you have a credible plan that demonstrates likely continued operations, as well as the growth of such.
  • Leadership Readiness: your Executive Director is a champion for change, and your Board supports & is active in our engagement.
  • Capacity to work with SVP: You organization is ready for a collaborative relationship with passionate volunteers (staff is ready to dedicate time to looking at current systems, assessing them and thinking strategically about desired future state and how to get there on top of your day-to-day work).
  • Inclusiveness & Equity: your organization embodies values, policies, and practices that ensure all stakeholders are engaged equitably.
  • Clear opportunity for SVP to engage & help: your organization offers an interesting opportunity for our members and your needs are aligned with our ability to help.

If you have any questions, please send an email to svpinfo@denverfoundation.org and we will get back to you within a few business days.