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SVPlogo_Catapult_tag_tealSVP believes strong nonprofits deliver better results. Our longest-running offering to help strengthen nonprofits from the inside out is our Catapult pro-bono business consulting programming. These multi-year investments of time, energy and effort (plus, funds to support staff time for the process) create mighty changes inside the “Investee” nonprofits we work with.

2015 was SVP’s fifteenth year of this sort of engagement with Boulder County nonprofits, with Partners engaged with six organizations on a breadth of projects that found efficiencies in program delivery, technology infrastructure, leadership development, and so much more. Learn more about Catapult’s impact on “Investee” nonprofits on this page, and find stories about Catapult engagements with current and alumnus Investees on our blog.

Starting In late 2015, SVP started offering continued support for our full Investee class, current or former, through our Invested EDs programming, where attendees benefit from peer-to-peer learning as well as Boulder County sector networking.

SVP Partners voted to invest pro bono Catapult consulting and supporting cash grants in the below Boulder County nonprofits for the 2017-18 investment cycle. Upon graduation, this year’s five will join a roster of other alumnus Catapult Investees from across Boulder County.

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Attention Homes, Chris Nelson, Executive Director
Mission: To provide opportunities for at-risk youth to change their lives. AH offers shelter, community-based living and teaching of life skills necessary for an independent future.

SVP Investment:

Consulting: Board development, financial management, human resources, business planning, leadership development, risk management, and more

Dollars: 2017, awarded $11,000; 2016, awarded $20,000; 2015, awarded $15,000; cash grants for general operating

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Community Food Share, Michelle Orge, Executive Director

Mission: To be a leader in our community’s effort to end hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.

SVP Investment:

Consulting: Strategic planning, marketing & communications, board development, leadership development, and more

Dollars: 2017, awarded $14,000; 2016, awarded $0; cash grant for general operating


KGNU Community Radio, Tim Russo, Station Manager

Mission: KGNU is an independent, noncommercial community radio station licensed in Boulder and Denver and dedicated to serving its listeners. It seeks to stimulate, educate and entertain its’ audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals, groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.

SVP Investment:

Consulting: Technology upgrade, fund development, financial management, human resources, board development, and more

Dollars: 2017, awarded $12,500 for general operating


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Voices for Children CASA, Jacob Harmon, Executive Director
Mission: To provide trained volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Boulder County.

SVP Investment:

Consulting: Strategic planning, Board development, leadership coaching, human resources, video production, marketing and communications, and more

Dollars: 2017, awarded $11,000; 2016, awarded $20,000; 2015, awarded $15,000; cash grants for general operating


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WOW! Children’s Museum, Jennifer Hinderliter, Executive Director

Mission: WOW! is dedicated to providing educational, interactive exhibits, programs, and activities for all children – bringing families together in a creative environment that sparks imagination, inspires learning through play, and supports school readiness.

SVP Investment:

Consulting: Strategic planning, marketing & communications, board development, leadership development, and more

Dollars: 2017, awarded $18,000; 2016, awarded $10,000; cash grants for general operating

SVP helps nonprofits get stronger from the inside, out so you can deliver better results. We’ll select one new nonprofit for an investment of capacity building consulting with a supporting cash grant in 2018. Ideal applicants would like to improve internal strategies, systems, and practices while growing leadership skills. For the 2018 cycle, Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are due by January 12, 2018, at 4:00pm.

Organizations interested in submitting a LOI should read our full SVP 2018 Request for Proposals and attend a Nonprofit Investment Information Session on one of these three dates:

SVP has historically found the most success in conducting capacity building with organizations that demonstrate a number of key characteristics. Therefore, we will give strong preference to nonprofits in Boulder County that have the following features:

  • Nonprofit organization – 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored
  • At least 50% of services must be provided in Boulder County
  • Budget at $200,000 or more
  • A paid staff of three or more
  • A board of six or more members
  • In a growth, mature, or turnaround stage (no start-ups)
  • Applicant attends one of SVP’s Information Sessions
  • Applicant is in need of and committed to incorporating SVP volunteer support to build and strengthen their organization’s internal capacity
  • Applicant is committed to using outcomes measurement/evaluation
  • Applicants has strong and passionate leadership, demonstrating qualities of social entrepreneurship

Once chosen for investment, a nonprofit may receive pro bono consulting support that is worth an average of $300,000 to $400,000 over a period of 3.5 years.  We seek to support organizations that will benefit from a long-term relationship with SVP Boulder County, including hands-on involvement by individual SVP members, who have a range of talents and skills to offer nonprofit organizations.

Please contact Jennie Arbogash at 303-840-0165 if you have questions about your organization’s qualifications for Catapult investment.

The full roster of alumnus Catapult Invetees since SVP’s founding in Boulder County in 2001. We’re proud to include the following organizations as alums:

Alternatives For Youth works with youth to promote prevention of many risk behaviors, but also includes intervention and treatment in tough areas like teen pregnancy, gang intervention and dropout prevention.

Boulder County CareConnect promotes the security, comfort and independence of seniors and adults with disabilities.

The Boulder Day Nursery promotes high quality, developmentally appropriate child care environments, early learning programs, and family services that respond to diverse ethnic, cultural and social traditions.

Boulder Treasures provides adults with intellectual, developmental and/or physical disabilities with a sense of purpose, value and participation in our community by creating pathways to secure meaningful employment. They were a recipient of SVP’s 2013 pilot cycle of social enterprise capacity building investment for their social enterprise, Ramble on Pearl.

Bridge House provides a safe, supportive community for Boulder’s homeless and working poor. It is committed to addressing their survival needs and to providing services that lead to healing, employment and housing.

Center for ReSource Conservation empowers our community to put conservation into action.

Colorado Youth Program – Colorado Youth Program closed in 2011.

Dental Aid provides accessible and affordable oral health care while taking a leadership role in education, collaboration and advocacy.

The Family Learning Center’s “Ignite Your Potential…See What you Can Do!” helps middle school aged youth build self-confidence, high self-esteem and self-respect.

Growing Gardens aims to cultivate community through gardening. SVP supported ¡Cultiva! Youth Project.

InReach closed in 2016. They worked to build bridges between the latest advances in the knowledge of human development and effective services that promote healthy lives and communities

Intercambio de Comunidades increases opportunities and independence for Latino immigrants and builds a richer, more integrated community, by reducing language and cultural barriers in Boulder County. In addition to being an alumni of SVP’s organizational capacity building investment, their social enterprise product arm,Resources to Unite Communities was a recipient of SVP’s 2013 pilot cycle of social enterprise capacity building investment as well.

The Longmont YMCA mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. SVP supported early child and youth programming.

Manhattan Middle School’s after school program, The Learning Center, provides a supervised place for students to hang out, read, study, draw, or get help with schoolwork.

Medicine Horse Program (MHP) is dedicated to creating breakthroughs in increased self-esteem, self-confidence, and quality of life issues for low-income adolescents, families and individuals through Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Experiences.

Project YES (Youth Envisioning Social change), works to help young people realize their potential to effect positive social change in their own lives, in their communities, and on a larger, global level.

Safe Shelter of St Vrain Valley provides safety, support, and resources to individuals affected by domestic abuse by promoting empowerment through direct services and community education, advocating for the right of every individual to live a life free of intimidation, exploitation and abuse.

TEENS, Inc. aims to empower youth in the Nederland area by offering recreational opportunities, youth employment and training, support services and a safe, drug–free environment in which to socialize.

TLC Learning Center (formerly The Tiny Tim Center) provides comprehensive early childhood education and therapeutic services to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential.

Veterans Helping Veterans Now builds healthier lives for veterans and their families, reaching out to those who would not be reached, honoring those who served.

The Wellness Initiative improves the physical health, social and emotional development, and academic performance of low-income youth through yoga-based wellness programs.

Wild Plum Center for Young Children & Families provides high-quality comprehensive early care and education services to low-income children. WPC helps families ensure that children are ready to learn in kindergarten.

The Women’s Wilderness Institute strengthens the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women through the support and challenge of wilderness- and community-based experiences.