Make Your Pitch
Craft a winning pitch to share with prospective funders and build your impact storytelling skills.
|DATES||March – April, 2023|
|LENGTH||9 weeks, 2-5 hours per week|
|CO-based nonprofits & social enterprises|
|FORMAT||Cohort, group of impact organizations|
|DEADLINE||Apply by Friday, January 20th|
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!
- 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, an SVP Denver Board member, 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.
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
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.
More about this training cohort
We’ll meet every other week with the full group to learn from our facilitator and each other. You’ll use the time in between to work with your team independently to develop your pitch.
Session schedule TBD!
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.”
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!”
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.”
Free Range Beehives
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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