Sustainability and Capacity Building

Sojourn Foundation

Partner: Sojourn Foundation

Relationship: Building Hope Interim Leadership

Project Name: Capacity Building/Safe House Development

Total Project Cost: $300,000 Annual Operating Budget

In the fall of 2011, the Sojourn Foundation (formerly PSEC Nevada Foundation) was seeking guidance on funding strategies and capital project support. The organization had received a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grant which was approaching expiration and was also in need of program oversight and financial management. Building Hope came highly recommended to the foundation and Building Hope leadership gladly accepted the challenge. A little over a year later, with policies and staff in place, Sojourn has an extension on its DOJ grant, a flourishing board of directors, and policies in place to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

The Sojourn Foundation was founded in 2008 with the express purpose of helping child victims of sexual trafficking; and more specifically the rehabilitation of teenage prostitutes. Under the guidance of Building Hope, the Sojourn has reached many milestones in a short time frame. Building Hope leadership assisted the organization with board development through a series of workshops and today the foundation has a solid group of fully engaged directors. Building Hope assisted with the implementation of financial reporting and fiscal policies; capacity building; and the hiring of key personnel to move the organization forward and give it a solid footing. Program development was initiated with a mission expansion to encompass assistance to child victims of sexual abuse. This shift tapped into the organization’s leadership position and resources which allow Sojourn to cross traditional barriers to assure children are assessed and receive quality services. Building Hope also assisted and garnered a year extension on the foundation’s $125,000 DOJ grant.

Building Hope will provide capital project support with the building a ‘Safe House’ for child victims of sexual trafficking; a secure facility that will provide an alternative to detention for children detained by law enforcement and allow access to immediate assessment and treatment services. The Sojourn Foundation aims to directly or indirectly provide a safe, secure, and therapeutic environment where sexually abused youth will receive the services and care to successfully become a productive member of the community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada

Partner: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada

Relationship: Building Hope/Interim Leadership; Corporate Turnaround

Project Name:  Not Applicable

Total Project Cost: $1,742,000 Annual Operating Budget

At the end of 2009, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southern Nevada (BBBSN),  a leader in one-to-one youth service, was in real danger of closing our doors.   The organization did not have the financial resources to keep going, and more troubling, we did not have the community support. A year later, with sustainability and capacity building practices in place, as well as renewed community support, BBBSN is flourishing.

The team at Building Hope was able to accomplish some pretty amazing things, in a very short period of time.  With Building Hope’s executive management support, BBBSN was able to implement new youth development strategies, programs, collaborations, and business practices to benefit the growth and stability of BBBSN. Building Hope used their knowledge of nonprofit management, programs and collaborations to bring some quick and substantial financial resources to BBBSN; they gave us breathing room, and then worked with the Board to develop a short-term strategy.

As we come to the end of Building Hope’s interim management services, the great news is that BBBSN is still around and that the community is saying great things about us – we did not know this was really possible at the end of 2009.

BBBSN develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people, mentoring children, ages 6 through 18, in our community. The mission of BBBSN is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. BBBSN seeks to attain successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities.