One area nonprofit is about to get $12,500 and something even more valuable: hundreds of hours of advice and coaching from
Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh
SVPP focuses on giving their money and expertise to local nonprofits helping at-risk children, and for this year's Fall Pitch
competition on Oct. 9 they have chosen two finalists helping homeless youth: HEARTH
and the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, Inc
SVPP representatives visited the 15 applicants. "We want to get the right kind of applicants," says Elizabeth Visnic, the organization's director. "Are they ready for us? Are they asking for something we can deliver?"
SVPP can spend up to 200 hours helping a nonprofit, involving work from about a dozen partners. They offer strategy mapping (a kind of strategic planning), financial sustainability planning and help with messaging and networking.
"Each of the two finalists has specific needs that our partners can respond to," says Visnic. Hearth recently relocated its facility to a purchased property and is restructuring its board to conduct its operations differently. The Allegheny Valley Association of Churches is doing "a large number of projects and like most nonprofits are responding to where the need is," she says. But they recognize they could be more effective with strategy mapping, she adds. "Everybody needs to figure out, in three to five years, how are we going to be here?"
Concludes Visnic: "With a little bit of our assistance they can go to deeper levels of what they do."
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Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Elizabeth Visnic, Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh