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SVP Dallas is here to build the capacity of your meaningful work and help you

DO GOOD BETTER.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. 

PLEASE APPLY BEFORE MARCH 1, 2017 AT 5:00PM (CST)

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The nonprofits we select are willing to be open, honest and collaborate. Most of all, they’re ready to take their vital work to the next level.

What We Bring to the Table

  • Tools to assess your organizational capacity – aka the strength of all those behind the scenes systems: human resources, financial management, communications, board governance, etc.
  • Skilled volunteers who will help build your organization’s capacity in the areas that are keeping you from reaching your full potential.
  • A commitment to working in partnership. We get that there’s a power dynamic in funding relationships. We will do our best to mitigate that. We will invite your honest feedback, own up to our mistakes, and strive to find a path that works for everyone involved.

What We’ll Ask of You

  • A willingness to take a hard look at what’s holding your organization back, and to share those weaknesses openly. Once the cards are on the table, we can get to work – together.
  • Flexibility and openness to working with volunteers who have busy schedules and varied professional backgrounds.
  • A commitment to calling us out when something’s not working for you. That may be uncomfortable, but our best results come from honest relationships.

An annual work plan and progress report that outlines the capacity building areas you are focused on, how they relate to your mission, and what you have achieved at the end of each year.

Our Guiding Principles

SVP believes we have the greatest opportunity for impact working with organizations that have:

  • A clearly articulated mission that is aligned with the organization’s programs and infrastructure
  • A demonstrated commitment to addressing systemic inequity at its root causes via advocacy
  • A shared understanding of the importance of building internal organizational capacity in order to achieve their mission
  • Strong, stable and committed leadership
  • The internal capacity (staff, board & financial resources) to embrace an SVP partnership, which includes regular self-assessment and working with volunteers
  • A track record of successful collaboration and/or partnership, indicating the organization’s ability to embrace and benefit from SVP’s mentorship and other in-kind services, as well as SVP’s financial support
  • The desire to expand, replicate or otherwise leverage success based on proven results to increase community impact
  • Specific internal organizational challenges that currently prevent achievement of their full potential

Our Process

Following your application, our selection committee of Partners will review the applications and select the organizations that will move on to the next round, which entails site visits and conversations with the Executive Director and member(s) of the board.

If you are chosen for a site visit, the visits will take place from mid-March through mid-April (depending on schedules). Then, you will receive notification as to whether you’ve been selected as a finalist by April 21. The organizations selected as finalists will present a fast-pitch style pitch at our annual Spark Tank. At the event, SVP partners will use the pitch to determine 1) which nonprofit projects they will sign up to work on, and 2) which organization will win a $2,500 prize for best pitch.

Please note: all finalist organizations selected for Spark Tank are fully vetted and eligible to become advisees. Selection of advisees will be based on partners volunteering for the projects that most align with partners’ skills and interests. As such, the pitch at Spark Tank will be crucial!

Wednesday, Mar 1
Application closes

Friday, Mar 17
Organizations selected for site visits will be notified

Friday, April 21
Organizations selected to participate at Spark Tank will be notified

April 21 – May 18
Pitch preparation – SVP partners will offer their expertise to help prepare finalist for Spark Tank

Tuesday, May 18 (tentative)
Spark Tank – organizations will pitch for a $2,500 prize (selected by attending SVP members); SVP partners will sign up for advisee projects First week of June Projects Begin

Are You Ready?

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. 

PLEASE APPLY BEFORE MARCH 1, 2017 AT 5:00PM (CST)

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If you have questions about SVP Dallas’ Advisee Application Process, please contact Donovan Ervin.