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SVP Vancouver offers capacity building assistance to our Investees (non-profits we work with). SVP Partners and staff offer time and expertise to help Investees scale their impact and become high-performing, sustainable organizations.


Types of capacity building support

We are available for:

  • Phone a friend sessions – 30-minute phone calls with one of our Partners.
  • Brainstorming sessions – 2-hour sessions with Partners who have expertise in Investees’ area of interest and can provide high-level advice.
  • Project work – Ranges from 1-6 months. We can identify a Partner who can take on a project and work with the Investee and our Partner Communities of Practice to see it through to fruition.

Support types vary in intensity and length of engagement and are centred around nine capacity building areas.


Our nine capacity building areas

1. Strategic planning
A well-articulated strategic plan supports the organization’s mission and provide a pathway to goal accomplishment. In this area we can facilitate strategic planning, prioritize areas of investment/focus for the organization, or identify measurable goals.

2. Management + leadership
Executives experienced in non-profit management are essential for organizational growth. In this area we can provide 1-1 mentorship, help develop a succession plan, or recommend resources for leadership training.

3. Governance (board development)
High-functioning, knowledgeable boards of directors provide strong and meaningful direction. In this area we can provide governance workshops; help develop job descriptions, onboarding manuals, policies, and evaluation tools; or help define staff vs. board responsibilities.

4. Human resources (including volunteers)
Involves developing or strengthening a plan for recruiting, training, developing, and retaining staff. In this area we can provide HR workshops, or support with pro-bono legal advice.

5. Fund development 
Involves establishing or advancing diversified funding sources, a secure donor management system, organizational fundraising skills, and maintaining sufficient revenue. In this area we can provide 1-1 mentorship or support fund development plans, prospecting, case for support, campaign development, donor systems, the asks, special events.

6. Financial management
Includes having a sound financial plan, solid systems, and sufficient oversight to manage your financial situation. In this area we can conduct a baseline assessment of financial systems; provide 1-1 mentorship; help develop strong financial policies, meaningful budgets; or help with audit preparation.

7. Marketing + communications
Understanding your target audience(s) and preparing appropriate messages and materials to communicate with them is central to building an engaged community. In this area we can deliver workshops; help develop communications plans that includes strategy for website, social media channels, and designed emails; or advise on key messages/voice for your organization.

8. Technology
Maximize efficiencies in your organization with current, high-functioning technology. In this area we can provide a baseline assessment, develop an IT go-forward plan, or invest resources in necessary IT solutions.

9. Social impact measurement
Demonstrate the effectiveness of your mission through good, local data. In this area we can provide a baseline assessment; develop a monitoring and evaluation plan; or support in the creation of realistic systems to capture data.


Next steps

Are you an Investee interested in capacity building resources but don’t know where to start? Why not request a brainstorming session on one or more of these areas? We can pull together a group of Partners for discrete conversation and advice. Contact Helen.