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Jumpstart Your Fundraising

Get expert advice from Foundation insiders and long-time fundraisers on how to build a list of prospective funders, understand what they are already investing in and craft a tailored pitch. 



We are no longer accepting registrations for this program.  Stay tuned for future dates! 

DATES Thursday, June 2 – Thursday, July 21, 2022
LENGTH 9 weeks
OPEN TO Colorado nonprofits & social enterprises
FORMAT Cohort, self-paced
  • On demand video lectures
  • 2 live expert-led workshops
  • Support from Social Venture Partners
  • Peer learning group for CO impact leaders
PRICING Sliding scale ($0 to $599), per team
DEADLINE Register by Sunday, May 8th



Have questions? Interested in other dates? Let us know!


What you’ll learn

Participate in a group with other Colorado-based impact fundraisers to  build out a targeted funder prospect list and outreach strategy.

Whether you are a new nonprofit working on identifying your first grant opportunities or an experienced fundraiser looking for ways to diversify your revenue, this cohort learning experience will give you insights to inform your fundraising strategy.

You’ll learn to:

    • Look outside of traditional grant funding to access other types of impact capital
    • Build a targeted prospect list and reach the right people
    • Speak to different types of funders
    • Read a 990-PF like a pro and use it to inform strategy

You’ll get access to:

    • Two premium online courses—view the full syllabi below!
    • 1:1 feedback via office hours with SVP Denver Partners (local professionals with relevant experience)
    • Optional peer-to-peer learning sessions and online forum for sharing ideas


>   Executive Directors

 Development Directors

>   Independent Fundraisers

>   Anyone interested in impact funding

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Course #1: Expand Your Financial Toolbox

Expand Your Financial Toolbox: Impact Investing 101 for Social Enterprises

Addresses fundamental concepts, terminology, and trends that characterize the “impact investing” space.


  • What is Impact Finance? An introduction to how people and philanthropies use their assets to make social impact beyond grantmaking and the driving logistics and philosophy that guide them.
  • Who, What, When, and Why? Impact Organizations and Instruments: Discussion, definitions, and examples of impact investing enterprises, activities, and tools.

Course #2: Prospect Research

Prospect Research: How to Find and Approach Private Foundations

Encompasses a deep dive through the private foundation 990-PF and explains how its information can be used to identify, cultivate and steward private foundation donor prospects. 


  • Reading and Understanding the 990-PF: A deep dive on each section of the 990-PF to help prospectors make sense of each section and the wealth of information about private foundations contained in this publicly available document.
  • Using the 990-PF to Identify and Cultivate Private Foundation Prospects: Review of selected 990-PFs to demonstrate how to interpret and analyze the information to develop private foundation relationships and cultivation strategies.

Why join the Jumpstart Your Fundraising cohort?


By the end of this program, you will have:

    • A targeted list of 5+ prospective funders
    • Specific strategies and plans for approaching 2+ funders
    • A group of peers in CO to share ideas and resources with


You’ll carry new skills and knowledge into the future:

    • An increased understanding of the rapidly changing impact funding landscape
    • Foundational fundraising strategies that you can apply in all of your future development work


A small group of SVP Denver Partners will complete the courses alongside the participating organizations. They will be assigned 3-5 organizations to support by providing:

  • Office hours: 30-minute calls to discuss plans/progress
  • Review of fundraising plans / prospect lists: Replies with notes, comments and ideas

These Partners will not be expected to be fundraising experts but will have some nonprofit experience and be there to offer another set of eyes and a third-party perspective.



As part of this program, you’ll also have access to optional peer-to-peer sessions to connect with fellow participants:

  • Live on Zoom: Two live Zoom sessions for people to check in and share learnings. We will loosely facilitate these sessions.
  • Private LinkedIn Group: A place for participants to ask each other questions and share resources. This could grow over time to include future cohorts and/or other impact orgs working on raising funds.

What other SVP Denver cohort participants say

“You have given us the tools needed and a good foundation for crafting and presenting a winning pitch to investors, customers and partners. Each and every one of you have been instrumental with preparing our group to create and deliver a (tailored) pitch with passion.”

Lori Collier
Program Manager, African Leadership Group

“We gained a tremendous amount from this cohort—having external unaltered feedback from various people with key components to keep in mind has strengthened our approach greatly!”

Brigid McRaith
Executive Director, Mile High Youth Corps

“I think the cohort probably saved us a year in terms of understanding what we do and why and for whom.”

Mike Rosol
Free Range Beehives





of past participants would recommend


More about this training cohort


Program Kick Off: Thursday, June 2nd @ 1:30pm
Group connection/intros, schedule, how program will work, support available

Peer-to-Peer Session #1: Thursday, June 16th @ 1:30pm
Discuss strategies and share resources for identifying the right funders

Live Session #1: Thursday, June 30th @ 1:30pm
Strategize and analyze your fundraising plans with our expert facilitators and peers

Peer-to-Peer Session #2: Thursday, July 14th @ 1:30pm
Discuss strategies and learnings with peers

Live Session #2: Thursday, July 21st @ 1:30pm
Meet with CO impact funders for an honest conversation about their strategy and decision-making


To get the most out of the program, we suggest you set aside 3–4 hours per week:

    • 1 hour to join live sessions and watch course videos
    • 2 hours to research prospects and develop your strategy
    • 1 hour to connect with peers or SVP Denver Partners to get feedback and share resources


This program only requires participation from one person in your organization that is focused on fundraising strategy.

If your development team has multiple people, they are welcome to join. You may also consider having Board members join if they play an active role in your fundraising efforts.


The Jumpstart Your Fundraising program is offered on a sliding scale based on your organization’s annual budget. Though please note – it’s flexible! 

We are offering this program for free to all BIPOC-led organizations (more details in the FAQ below). And if cost is a barrier to joining, we also created a choose your own price option to make this learning accessible to all!


Annual Revenue Cost





$250K to $500K $149
$500K to $1M $249
$1M to $2M $399
$2M+ $599



Experts in fundraising and impact investment

Funder: Sharon Schneider

Founder @ Integrated Capital Strategies

An entrepreneur, impact investor, philanthropy expert and strategy consultant to the next generation of social impact founders and family offices.

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Fundraiser: Stefanie Borsari

Co-Founder @ Institute for Private Philanthropy

Coach and consultant to private foundations, philanthropists, nonprofits and business groups looking to do great things.

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Frequently asked questions

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Why is this training free / on a sliding scale?

SVP Denver is a nonprofit that connects nonprofits and social enterprises with the expertise and support they need to grow their impact. We are primarily funded through grants and individual donations that allow us to offer our high-value training for free (or at highly subsidized rates). We are committed to making our programs accessible to all organizations – especially those with inequitable access to resources. 

Why is this training free for BIPOC-Led organizations?

We recognize that there are disparities in the level of funding and access to resources that BIPOC-led organizations experience nationally and in Colorado. A small way we are addressing those inequities is by making our programs free to your organization if:

  • Your Executive Director / CEO identifies as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color


  • 50%+ of your leadership team identifies as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color

Is my organization too big/too small for this program?

We believe the learning in this training cohort is applicable to organizations across a range of sizes and stages of development. You will work on developing a list of funders and strategies for approaching them that is specific to your organization (and based on your capacity to execute).

How flexible is the program? I’m not sure I can make all the sessions.

Very flexible! You will have access to two online courses that you can complete at any time.

We highly encourage you to join the live sessions with our expert instructors to get the most value out of these, but we will also record them and share out with all registered participants.

We will also send follow up emails with notes and resources after these sessions and the peer-to-peer learning sessions.

I’m an independent fundraiser. Can I participate?

Yep! If you are working to raise money for mission-driven organizations and serving as the de facto Development Director for an organization then you are welcome to join and would likely benefit from the program. 

Register for Jumpstart Your Fundraising now.

Have questions? Interested in other dates? Let us know!


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