What We Do

Leadership Development

SVPSA provides workshops, online resources and an annual Fellowship for nonprofit executive leaders.

Our largest program is our annual Fellowship, offered to 20 nonprofit leaders who desire to broaden their network and skillsets. Each September, a new class is selected and SVPSA provides six days of intense workshops on nonprofit essentials including leadership, financial management, HR, fundraising, IT and marketing and communications. They are introduced to the SVP network and provided one-on-one consulting support from our partners.

Find out more about the Fellowship here.

Capacity Building

We help nonprofits develop core skills, in leadership, strategy, board management, and operations so they can strengthen their effectiveness, sustainability and ability to fulfill their mission.

Each fall, Social Venture Partners San Antonio leads a collaboration with other area funders to fund sponsorships for an online capacity building tool, Catchafire. This valuable online skilled volunteer program (worth $1200 annually) is available all year to 130  San Antonio and South Texas based nonprofits through this collaboration.

With Catchafire, nonprofits select projects they need expert help with and post those projects to be viewed by more than 100,000 volunteers around the world. The nonprofit staff can select the best volunteer from this pool of talent and begin interviewing and working with them on their task.

The value of the nonprofit support from volunteers has saved San Antonio more than $1.7 Million since 2020. This value is not just money saved because they would have spent it on a consultant, but also saves a tremendous amount of time so staff can focus on their core responsibilities.

There are hundreds of project templates and ideas. The most common projects to get pro-bono help include:

  • Translation
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Editing
  • Board Strategy Facilitation
  • Financial Policy Templates
  • Writing Job Descriptions
  • Social Media Calendars and Audits
  • Writing Content for Website, Emails and Thank You Notes
  • IT Training on software
  • Website Design
  • Event Planning
  • Fundraising Letters, Campaign Strategy

Visit the SVPSA Catchafire site here.

Volunteer Expertise

Our model of giving back includes sharing expertise. Our volunteering isn't just as board members - it means providing one on one help to nonprofits in the area our partners have worked. It might be financial management, human resources, as executive leaders, marketing and PR specialists, grant writers, attorneys, professors, and so on.

Partners with Social Venture Partners regularly offer their expertise to nonprofits we have met through the Fellowhship and Catchafire. If you need help in an area that you just can't staff or want to talk with one of our partners about a new strategy or challenge. Please contact us at the links below. 


Our Approach

Offer Resources. Social Venture Partners San Antonio builds organizational capacity by providing general operating funds, skilled volunteers, professional consultants, and leadership development/management training opportunities.

We recognize that nonprofit practitioners are the program experts, and we aim to complement that expertise by working in partnership with those organizations. Therefore, the first step is listening to what they need.

Provide Tools. Our Investees use assessment tools that best suit them as the first step in mapping out a plan. These assessments help the investee identify and prioritize the capacity building areas where they want to focus their efforts. Then SVPSA provides a Lead Partner to work with that nonprofit to develop a strategy and plan for growing their capacity based on their capabilities, at their pace. We are able to provide skilled professional help in many areas, including:

Mission, Vision, Strategy and Planning
Board Leadership and Governance
Leadership Development
Financial Management
Information Technology
Marketing and Communications
Program Outcomes and Evaluation
Human Resources
Legal Affairs
Fund Development
Government Relations