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Make Your Pitch 

Craft a winning pitch to share with prospective funders and build your impact storytelling skills.


PROGRAM DETAILS

DATES September 13 – October 18, 2022
LENGTH 6 weeks, 2-5 hours per week

OPEN TO

CO-based nonprofits & social enterprises
FORMAT Cohort, group of impact organizations
INCLUDED
  • 4 live sessions with expert 
  • Individual support from local professionals
  • Peer learning group for CO impact leaders
PRICING Free
DEADLINE Apply by Tuesday, August 9th

 

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

 PROGRAM OVERVIEW & BENEFITS

What you’ll learn

Improve your nonprofit or social enterprise’s pitch through data-driven storytelling in this interactive series of workshops.

If you are working on raising money for your organization and improving the way you communicate about the impact you are creating, then this program is for you!

You will:

  • Learn a simple framework for telling the story of your impact, guided by an expert in the field
  • Get coaching support from local professionals to improve your current deck and messaging
  • Gain insights on how to effectively incorporate impact data into your presentations
  • Walk away with a new, improved deck for presentations to prospective funders
  • Assess what additional work you need to do to craft the strongest pitch

 

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

Nonprofits and for-profit social enterprises

Based in Colorado

Actively working on fundraising

MEET THE FACILITATOR

Impact-Focused Technologist & Investor

Anish NagarFounder & CEO, Corecentra

Anish Nagar is an impact-focused technologist, investor, and civic leader who moved from Houston to Denver 2021. He is the CEO & Founder of Corecentra, providing Impact Measurement & Management solutions for the world’s largest corporations, investment managers, foundations, and agencies. In the community, Anish serves as a mentor to startups in the gBeta social impact accelerator and Rockies Venture Club. He is the Chair of the NexGen Exchange, was appointed to the city’s Board of Public Trusts (The Houston Foundation) in 2018 by Houston’s Mayor and serves on the Steering Committee of the Texas Impact Alliance. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he captained the campus Bhangra dance team to several championships.

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OUTCOMES & BENEFITS

Why join the Make Your Pitch cohort?

WHAT YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH 

By the end of this program you will have:

    • An updated deck to present your organization and raise funding for your work.
    • A list of next steps / areas to continue improving.
    • Increased confidence in the way you tell the story of your organization

      LONG-TERM IMPACTS

      Participation should create the following impacts:

        • Improved tools and confidence to raise funding that supports your organization’s growth
        • Greater team alignment on your organization’s story and needs
        • Greater understanding of what data pieces are important to monitor and include in your pitch

      SVP DENVER PARTNER SUPPORT 

      Each organization will get paired with a local professionals who will provide support throughout the program. They will: 

      • Join group calls: to discuss plans/progress
      • Review weekly projects: send back notes, comments and ideas

      These Partners will have some relevant experience (though may not be experts). They join to offer another set of eyes and a third-party perspective. 

       

        PEER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

        As part of this program, you’ll also connect with fellow participants from CO-based impact organizations:

        • Live on Zoom: Four live sessions for people to check in and share learnings. 
        • Individual connections: You’ll be welcome to follow up with other participating teams to connect.
        PROGRAM DETAILS

        More about this training cohort

        Schedule

        Participants Finalized: August 26th 
        Participants and mentors confirmed, prep / pre-work distributed

        Live Session #1: Sept 13th @ 2p-3:30p
        Fundamentals of pitching / understanding your audience 

        Live Session #2: Sept 27th @ 2p-3:30p
        Fine tuning your pitch

        Live Session #3: Oct 4th @ 2p-3:30p
        Pitch execution & Call To Action

        Live Session #4: Oct 18th @ 2p-3:30p
        Pitch practice and feedback


        YOUR COMMITMENT

        To get the most out of the program, we suggest you set aside 2–5 hours per week:

          • 1.5 hours – to join live sessions or work with your team
          • 2-3 hours – to work on the draft of your pitch deck 

         

        YOUR PARTICIPANTS & ROLES

        Each participating social mission organization should have: 

        Project Lead: This person will be the internal facilitator of their organization’s process and is accountable for making progress on this project. This person should have 3 – 5 hours per week to commit over the duration of the cohort and should plan to attend all live workshop sessions.

        Support Team: If possible, we recommend having 1-3 additional team members who can join live sessions and/or participate in team meetings to research, design and craft your pitch. 

         

        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

         

         

         

        94%

        of past participants would recommend

        Frequently asked questions

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        Why is this training free for my organization?

        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. 

        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. Though we generally prioritize support for smaller organizations with less than $2M in annual revenue. 

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

        Somewhat flexible! At least one person from your team should be available to join all of the live sessions since you will also have time to work with designated mentors and your team during this time. We will also record every session and share out with all registered participants, so it’s ok if not all members of your team can make each session.

        We will also send follow up emails with notes and resources after every session.

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