SVP 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 program. 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.
For example, during SVP Boulder County’s multi-year partnership with Community Food Share, Tony George – a longtime SVP Partner – worked alongside Julia McGee – Director of Communications – to meaningfully modernize, refresh, and refine the organization’s brand and related communications to create greater awareness and organizational impact across our community. “The two main deliverables that resulted – a new visual identity and a messaging suite – serve as a ‘toolbox’ to align all Community Food Share departments around the same look and feel and tone of voice.” Learn the full story.
2020 is SVP’s twentieth year of engaging with Boulder County nonprofits to improve practices in board governance, fundraising, strategy, communications, technology infrastructure, leadership development, and so much more.
In 2020 we’ll select one new nonprofit for an investment of capacity building consulting with a supporting cash grant. Letters of Inquiry (LOI) were due by January 11, 2020. Organizations interested in applying in 2021 can read our full SVP 2020 Request for Proposals and contact SVP at 303.840.0165 this fall.
SVP invests multi-year pro bono Catapult consulting and supporting cash grants in three to five Boulder County nonprofits annually. New investments are added in June of each year and retiring investments are graduated in November of each year.
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.
Consulting: Technology upgrade, fund development, financial management, human resources, board development, and more
Dollars: 2019. awarded $12,000; 2018, awarded $18,500; 2017, awarded $12,500;
Longmont Community Justice Partnership, Kathleen McGoey, Executive Director
Mission: LCJP builds community through collaborative and inclusive restorative practices and gives people the opportunity to heal and create justice in their community and the world.
Consulting: Strategic planning, board development and more
Dollars: 2019, awarded $10,000;
YWCA Boulder County, Debbie Pope, CEO
Mission: YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Consulting: Strategic planning, board development, financial management and more
Dollars: 2019, awarded $18,000; 2018, awarded $15,000;
SVP envisions a more vibrant and thriving Boulder County community for all. That’s why we invest volunteer-powered consulting, education, mentoring, and supporting cash grants to build the strength and sustainability of local nonprofits.
In 2020 we’ll select one new nonprofit for an investment of capacity building consulting with a supporting cash grant. Ideal applicants strive to improve internal strategies, systems, and practices while building their leadership skills. For the 2020 cycle, Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are due by January 11, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.
Organizations interested in submitting a LOI should read our full SVP 2020 Request for Proposals and attend a Nonprofit Investment Info Session on one of these four dates:
- Boulder, December 11, 9:00 a.m. (Register Now)
- Lafayette, December 11, 3:00 p.m. (Register Now)
- Longmont, December 12, 1:30 p.m. (Register Now)
- Boulder, January 7, 11:00, a.m. (Register Now)
SVP gives 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 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 needs and is committed to incorporating SVP volunteer-powered consulting 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 worth an average of $200,000 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.
Please contact Spencer Downing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.815.5675 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 2000. 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. This nonprofit moved from Longmont to Northglenn recently.
Attention Homes provides prevention, intervention, and solutions for youth homelessness.
Cultivate promotes the security, comfort and independence of seniors and adults with disabilities.
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.
Colorado Youth Program merged with CalWood Education Center in 2011.
Community Food Share provides food directly to families, seniors, students, and others who are food insecure in Boulder and Broomfield counties. The organization also serves as a hub – delivering millions of pounds of food a year to local food pantries to reach more people.
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. The organization worked to build bridges between the latest advances in the knowledge of human development and effective services that promote healthy lives and communities by providing mental health care for victims of trauma.
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 YMCA of Northern Colorado Ed & Ruth Lehmann YMCA in Longmont provides 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.
Resource Central (formerly Center for Resource Conservation) empowers our community to put conservation into action.
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 closed. The organization worked to build healthier lives for veterans and their families, reaching out to those who would not be reached, honoring those who served and was an Investee in a pilot program to make six-month, consulting-only investments.
Voices for Children CASA provides trained, Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers to advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children in Boulder County.
The Wellness Initiative closed. The organization improved 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.
WOW! Children’s Museum engages all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity, and discovery.