A new partnership starting this month between Social Venture Partners Denver and Bryan Cave will give the firm’s associates the opportunity to apply legal skills in the nonprofit sector. Members will participate in an education program that highlights SVP nonprofit partners and the work they do in the community and ways in which legal advice and business skill-sets translate into their business models.
SVP Denver is a program of the Denver Foundation, one of SVP 40 affiliates worldwide. Partners in Denver include the Denver Urban Scholars, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute and Second Chance Charter. SVP holds a selection process twice annually for its members to choose specific nonprofits to work with. Associates will be immersed in the nonprofit’s business plan in order to help it address issues including strategy governance, market analysis, infrastructure, measuring impact, legal, human resources and information systems.
“Really what it provides the associate is a real-time client engagement experience that they can take back and apply in their practice. They’re gaining an understanding of how the nonprofit sector works together with the other sectors like business, government and education to function,” SVP Denver executive director Pat Landrum said.
Associates will join pro bono consulting teams with other business professionals to work with a nonprofit on these issues. After associates work with the client and engage in peer consultation, they will have the opportunity to move into a lead partnership role and manage the consulting team. SVP holds a monthly session with lead partners which associates will also be part of.