Capacity Building

Ready to begin the capacity-building process? We’re with you every step of the way.

OUR PROCESS

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for this period’s priority areas. Organizations that are selected will participate in a virtual, one-on-one virtual discussion to better understand your organization and project goals. If we have determined that your organization is a good fit, we will begin the matchmaking process of finding SVP Denver partners who have relevant skills and a passion for your mission. For capacity-building investees, we anticipate it will be four to six weeks from application to notification of selection.

What SVP Denver Will Bring to the Table:

  • Targeted investments.  Our SVP Denver partners’ (members) time, professional expertise and resources include dedicated pro-bono consulting teams with relevant skill sets.
  • Skilled volunteers. Our dedicated and passionate SVP partners roll up their sleeves and help build your organization’s capacity in areas that are keeping you from reaching your full potential.
  • Commitment to working in partnership. Often there’s a power dynamic in capacity- building relationships; we do our best to mitigate that. We invite honest feedback, own up to our mistakes and strive to find a path forward that works for all. SVP Denver partners may have specific expertise and skills that can help you, but you’re the expert in your mission. Thus, we see our investee engagements as peer-learning opportunities where we can learn from each other while working towards goals.

What We Will Ask of You:

  •  Willingness to take a hard look at what’s holding your organization back, and 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 our SVP Denver partners who have busy schedules, varied professional backgrounds and joined our organization to give back strategically to 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.
  • Identifying the capacity-building areas you want to work on with us and how they relate to your mission. 
  • Be open to metrics/assessments throughout the process. We want to understand what impact our work together has so we can track our progress.
  • Employ a work plan that follows a logic model framework as outlined in this resource.
  • Develop impact metrics for each change project, both at the end of our engagement and one year later.

 

What We Look for In Capacity-Building Investees:

A. Qualified Nonprofit Organization = your organization is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or is operating under a fiscal agent.

B. Operating in the Denver Metro Region = you are located within and/or providing 51% or more of your services within Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and/or Jefferson counties.

C. Mission and Impact = Do you understand how your services are meeting a clear community need. Please note: selected applicants who are interviewed will need to explain why/how the work they do is making an impact.

D. Leadership Readiness = your executive director is a champion for change; and your board of directors both supports your application and will be active in our engagement. All of you have the desire to “get to the next level” in your organization’s evolution. Armed with a willingness to self-reflect and accept external input, you have an appetite for change, hard work and fun.

E. Capacity to Work with SVP Denver = your organization is ready for a collaborative relationship with passionate volunteers and has strong interest in a peer-learning relationship. Your staff/board will dedicate time to assessing current systems, strategizing their desired future state and work to get there on top of day-to-day operations.

F. Alignment = your organization offers interesting opportunities for SVP Denver partners and your needs are aligned with our ability to help.

G. Financial Stability = over the past three years, your organization has shown consistent financial stability, or you have a credible plan demonstrating continued operations as well as growth.

H. Inclusiveness and Equity = your organization embodies values, policies and practices that ensure all stakeholders are engaged equitably.

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.