What Is Nonprofit Capacity Building?
At SVP we define capacity building as the development of core skills, management practices, strategies, and systems to enhance an organization’s effectiveness, sustainability and ability to fulfill its mission.
What’s Our Approach?
#1 Offer Resources
SVP builds organizational capacity by providing general operating funds, skilled volunteers, professional consultants, and leadership development/management training opportunities.
We recognize that nonprofit practitioners are the program experts, and we aim to complement that expertise by working in partnership with those organizations. Therefore, the first step is listening to what they need.
#3 Provide Tools
SVP-CT Partners work with Investees to identify and prioritize the capacity building areas aligned with their social enterprise where they want to focus their efforts. These areas include:
- Financial Management
- Information Technology
- Marketing and Communications
- Program Outcomes and Evaluation
- Human Resources
- Mission, Vision, Strategy and Planning
- Legal Affairs
- Leadership Development
- Board Leadership
#4 Develop a Plan and Implement It
Together SVP-CT Partners and Investees develop an Annual Work Plan to define their goals and provide a roadmap for their partnership with SVP. From there SVP matches each Investee with volunteer or paid consultants who can help them reach those goals.
#5 Check In On Progress
Each year our Investees revisit their work plan and set new goals. They meet regularly with their SVP Partner team who help to manage volunteer projects and act as an advocate and liaison for the organization. SVP also reviews the progress of the engagement with the Investee and helps to identify ways to optimize the funding relationship.