What is Social Impact Capacity Building?

At Social Venture Partners Dallas, we define capacity building as the development of core skills, management practices, strategies, and systems to enhance an organization’s effectiveness, sustainability, and ability to fulfill this mission. Our approach is hands-on and interactive with our chosen social impact organization Advisees.

Social Venture Partners Approach to Capacity Building:

Offer Resources

SVP Dallas builds organizational capacity by providing pro bono consulting and leadership development/management training opportunities through our Advisee projects.


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

Develop a Plan and Implement It

After the assessment, Investees develop an Annual Work Plan to define their goals and provide a roadmap for their partnership with SVP Dallas.  From there, SVP Dallas matches each Advisee with volunteer consultants who can help them reach those goals.

Once chosen as an SVP Dallas Advisee, a Lead Partner and project team of SVP Dallas Partners will work with the organization to define their project goals and provide a roadmap for their partnership with SVP Dallas. From there, the group works together to help the organization reach the project goals

SVP Dallas Social Impact Organization Advisee to Investee

Each year our Investees revisit their work plan and set new goals. They meet regularly with a Lead Partner and Team

Report Capacity Building Changes

When the social impact organization graduates from our Advisee program, we ask them to complete the assessment once again – measuring progress in each of the ten capacity building areas.