IMPACT ACADEMY

Capacity Building
 
Connecting nonprofits with social entrepreneurs and business leaders, Impact Academy for Capacity Building examines organizational growth and sustainability at a deeper level through earned income.
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Impact Academy builds on the successful outcomes of SVP initiatives, such as Revenue Generator and Mission Accelerator. Former participating nonprofits have come away with powerful assets, tools, and skills to scale growth, create business plans, develop marketing and sales strategies, and gain access to new funding and investments.

 

By examining organizational growth and sustainability at a deeper level, nonprofits with earned revenue opportunities will work with teams of SVP experts to develop a business plan to launch, accelerate or scale their programs or services. Nonprofits and SVPs work together to develop a unique plan geared towards the organizations goals and preferred outcomes. 

Please join us for the Impact Academy Showcase! Come learn how this year’s cohort of nonprofits will be building capacity and sustainability through earned revenue, by launching or scaling programs and services to generate income.  

 

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If you are a current SVP, please register for a role on an Impact Academy team. Time commitments will vary based on the role.

 

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Our Impact Academy for Capacity Building timeline is as follows:

  • October 11 – November 30, 2018: Nonprofits apply 
  • December 2018 – January 2019: SVP’s evaluate applications and select up to three investees
  • January 2019: Nonprofits are notified of selection decisions
  • February 2019: Kickoff event, SVP investee teams formed
  • March – June 2019: SVP’s work with investees to develop business plans for earned revenue
  • June 2019: Graduation event
  • June – December 2019: Option to extend investee teams by mutual agreement of SVP’s, nonprofits and Mission Capital.

SVP’s may select from a range of engagement opportunities throughout the program, including program planning, investee selection, coaching, panel reviewing, and advising investee teams.

INVESTEE PORTFOLIO

 

These organizations are leading the way in solving complex community problems. We’re honored to be their partner and champion, providing funding, consulting and business mentoring.

 
Since 2011, Social Venture Partners have invested their deep expertise with Central Texas nonprofits, including eleven organizations who participated in the Mission Accelerator from 2014-2018 and worked with dedicated SVP teams for one to three years.
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Allies Against Slavery
2017 Investee

Allies Against Slavery

2017 Investee

 

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Catholic Charities Central Texas
2017 Investee

Con MCatholic Charities Central Texas

2017 Investee

 

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Hand to Hold
2017 Investee

Hand to Hold

2017 Investee

 

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CareBOX Program
2016 Investee

CareBOX Program

2016 Investee

 

Goal: Grow and develop their model to provide cancer patients with personally customized CareBOXes filled with more than $450 worth of critical supplies.

CareBOX collaborates with leading oncology professionals to curate a highly specialized list of more than 32 essential care supplies. These critical items often aren’t covered by insurance and are needed to help prevent malnutrition, infections and injuries from falls.

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Con Mi MADRE
2016 Investee

Con Mi MADRE

2016 Investee

 

Goal: Scale evidence-based, culturally relevant education and support services to young Latinas and their mothers into other markets and build a model that allows them to keep the quality of the programming high while expanding its reach.

Con Mi MADRE’s highly trained staff guides mother-daughter teams through a holistic curriculum that focuses on increasing academic success and socio-emotional learning over the course of 13 years until the girls earn a postsecondary degree. The organization serves 600-700 young Latinas and their mothers in the Austin area every year, 62% of whom come from low-income backgrounds, and 80% will be first-generation college students.

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Goodwill Career and Technical Academy
2016 Investee

Goodwill Career and Technical Academy

2016 Investee

 

Goal: Shape the “just-in-time” training program which helps Central Texans who seek consistent employment

in as few as 2-3 weeks, Central Texas job seekers can attend job-specific training programs that provide essential safety, hard skills and soft skills for high-paying entry level jobs. Goodwill Career and Technical Academy provides “just-in-time” training to people looking for work and gives them the skill set they need to enter a career.

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Multicultural Refugee Coalition
2015 Investee

Multicultural Refugee Coalition

2015 Investee

 

Goal: Scale Open Arms, a social enterprise of Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC), to create more textile manufacturing jobs that provide a living wage to refugee women in America with limited English, education and job skills.

More than 500 refugee women are resettled to Austin each year. MRC aims to provide these women with employable skills and a wage that will allow them to more fully support their families and enjoy a life without dependency on social benefits. Reinvestment of profits into MRC will enhance their job-skill training and social-support programs that have benefited 800 refugees from 23 different countries.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul
2015 Investee

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

2015 Investee

 

Goal: Expand basic-needs services to low-income individuals in the Austin area by creating mobile thrift stores to bring clothes and furniture to those who lack mobility and access. Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVdP) also plans to scale this model nationwide.

Each year SSVdP provides aid to 160,000 people in more than 25 Central Texas counties – more than 400 people per day. Investments will provide SSVdP with two trucks, allowing them to offer boutique (paid) events, which generate revenue to support service events for the poor. In 2016, SSVdP plans to transition into a new space that will serve as a community resource center in northeast Austin. The building will include a warehouse space for the trucks and inventory, offices for other nonprofits, as well as a their traditional thrift store.

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Easter Seals Central Texas
2014 Investee

Easter Seals Central Texas

2014 Investee

 

Goal: Scale Easter Seals Lawn & Landscape to provide 900 jobs to people with disabilities over the next 36 months, providing employment income to individuals served and sustainable revenue to support the organization’s wraparound services, which promote independence for people with disabilities.

Of the 90,000+ people with a disability in Travis County, 70% are unemployed. Easter Seals’ Lawn & Landscape venture connects a common consumer service – lawn maintenance – to donors in a meaningful way. In its infancy, the program garnered 40 customers paying market rate, and generated $50,000 in revenue for Easter Seals.

Lead Partner: Harold Ingersoll and Dan Graham

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E3 Alliance
2014 Investee

E3 Alliance

2014 Investee

 

Goal: Scale Open Arms, a social enterprise of Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC), to create more textile manufacturing jobs that provide a living wage to refugee women in America with limited English, education and job skills.

More than 500 refugee women are resettled to Austin each year. MRC aims to provide these women with employable skills and a wage that will allow them to more fully support their families and enjoy a life without dependency on social benefits. Reinvestment of profits into MRC will enhance their job-skill training and social-support programs that have benefited 800 refugees from 23 different countries.

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Mothers' Milk Bank
2014 Investee

Mothers' Milk Bank

2014 Investee

 

Goal: Expand basic-needs services to low-income individuals in the Austin area by creating mobile thrift stores to bring clothes and furniture to those who lack mobility and access. Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVdP) also plans to scale this model nationwide.

Each year SSVdP provides aid to 160,000 people in more than 25 Central Texas counties – more than 400 people per day. Investments will provide SSVdP with two trucks, allowing them to offer boutique (paid) events, which generate revenue to support service events for the poor. In 2016, SSVdP plans to transition into a new space that will serve as a community resource center in northeast Austin. The building will include a warehouse space for the trucks and inventory, offices for other nonprofits, as well as a their traditional thrift store.

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Ubuntu
2013 Investee

Ubuntu

2013 Investee

 

Goal: Scale Easter Seals Lawn & Landscape to provide 900 jobs to people with disabilities over the next 36 months, providing employment income to individuals served and sustainable revenue to support the organization’s wraparound services, which promote independence for people with disabilities.

Of the 90,000+ people with a disability in Travis County, 70% are unemployed. Easter Seals’ Lawn & Landscape venture connects a common consumer service – lawn maintenance – to donors in a meaningful way. In its infancy, the program garnered 40 customers paying market rate, and generated $50,000 in revenue for Easter Seals.

Lead Partner: Harold Ingersoll and Dan Graham

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Emancipet
2012 Investee

Emancipet

2012 Investee

 

Goal: Scale Open Arms, a social enterprise of Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC), to create more textile manufacturing jobs that provide a living wage to refugee women in America with limited English, education and job skills.

More than 500 refugee women are resettled to Austin each year. MRC aims to provide these women with employable skills and a wage that will allow them to more fully support their families and enjoy a life without dependency on social benefits. Reinvestment of profits into MRC will enhance their job-skill training and social-support programs that have benefited 800 refugees from 23 different countries.


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College Forward
2011 Investee

College Forward

2011 Investee

 

Goal: Expand basic-needs services to low-income individuals in the Austin area by creating mobile thrift stores to bring clothes and furniture to those who lack mobility and access. Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVdP) also plans to scale this model nationwide.

Each year SSVdP provides aid to 160,000 people in more than 25 Central Texas counties – more than 400 people per day. Investments will provide SSVdP with two trucks, allowing them to offer boutique (paid) events, which generate revenue to support service events for the poor. In 2016, SSVdP plans to transition into a new space that will serve as a community resource center in northeast Austin. The building will include a warehouse space for the trucks and inventory, offices for other nonprofits, as well as a their traditional thrift store.

  • We were prepared to do a lot of work in this process and we were prepared to learn a lot. But I’d say we did a lot more work than we expected and we learned a lot more than we expected.

    Susan DawsonExecutive Director, E3 Alliance
  • Mission Capital’s accelerator program is going to change lives. As a partner I am able to effectively give back to the community and know that the more these nonprofits succeed, the more our people will succeed.

    Clayton Christopher2014 Accelerator mentor and Co-Founder & Chairman, Deep Eddy Vodka
  • If you have a good, viable social venture that can benefit our community, then the Accelerator process forces you to think through how to do that well and provides many of the resources to help you do that well.

    Susan DawsonExecutive Director, E3 Alliance
  • Philanthropy is great and it’s always going to be part of what we do. But the ability for an organization to find a way to generate sustainable reveneue in the delivery of their mission is really really important.

    Dennis CavnerMission Capital's Board Chair 2015

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