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City of Vancouver Provides Grant for SVP and Vantage Point Fund Development Course

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Fundraising Director Amanda Burrows teaching at Vantage Point

SVP is working with Vantage Point and the City of Vancouver to bring fundraising capacity building to more Vancouver nonprofits in the form of an eight-week course.

Three years ago, SVP Vancouver decided to offer affordable and accessible fund development training to nonprofits through a two-year pilot project led by Fundraising Trainer (now Fundraising Director) Amanda Burrows. The success of the program resulted in the creation of SVP’s Fundraising Shared Services and, in late 2018, caught the eye of the City of Vancouver.

Intrigued by the potential of helping nonprofits with small budgets build out their income streams, the City of Vancouver gave SVP and nonprofit capacity provider Vantage Point a grant to take the content of Burrows’ work with SVP Investees and test it in a concentrated cohort model.

Over a year in the making, the “Raising the Right Revenue: A Fund Development Lab” course launched mid January 2020. Through a series of eight six-hour sessions facilitated by Burrows and Vantage Point instructors, the 24 participating nonprofits are being presented with tools for building realistic plans for attracting diverse sources of revenue—how to identify potential revenue sources, develop a case for support, and get comfortable making an ask.

This is a first for Vantage Point, which up until now has never offered fund development training to the nonprofits they serve. If the one-off collaboration with SVP is successful, Vantage Point can potentially continue to teach the program.

“It’s exciting that the city heard about the work we’re doing with capacity building and fund development and gave us this grant,” says Burrows. “We now get to test our capacity building at an even more accelerated level.”

The sold-out program includes two former SVP Investees, the Adoptive Families Association of BC and Aunt Leah’s Place, as well as the following organizations:

  • Access Pro Bono Society of BC
  • West End Seniors’ Network
  • Urban Native Youth Association
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
  • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
  • Cycling British Columbia
  • Vancouver Women’s Health Collective
  • Aboriginal Front Door Society
  • Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC
  • Disability Alliance BC Society
  • Tides Canada Initiatives – Binners’ Project
  • SPEC
  • NoamTide Service Society
  • BC Alliance for Healthy Living
  • Share Reuse Repair Initiative (a Project of Tides Canada Initiative Society)
  • BC Wheelchair Basketball
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Society
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
  • Native Education College
  • Health Initiative for Men

“Raising the Right Revenue” runs through mid March.