SOS INSTITUTE: Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute

Futures Without Violence's Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute (SOS Institute) offers an interactive 2.5 days training with six months follow-up support on action plans to assist US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees to enhance their organizational infrastructure. Started in 2010, the SOS Institute has a national focus, targeting community based organizations responding to all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking. Specifically, the SOS Institute seeks to work with organizations that are focused on improving response and services to victims and survivors from underserved populations, e.g. diverse ethnic populations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and other underrepresented communities.


The overarching goal of the SOS Institute is to provide participants with core organizational competency through workshops that enhance their skills and improve their knowledge to maintain and sustain their organizations. As a result of the 2.5 days training participants will be better able to:

  • Clarify and incorporate core values to your mission, short, and long term goals.
  • Strengthen competencies in diversification and financial literacy.
  • Initiate and engage in meaningful, reciprocal collaboration.
  • Design planning processes that effectively engage members of your organization in planning. 
  • Prepare organizational protocols for constructive communication and conflict resolution.
  • Create an action plan to apply lessons learned and enhance your organization's sustainability.

SOS Institute is multidisciplinary, with organizations serving a variety of communities around the country with various levels of experience. Participation is built around teams of 2-3  individuals from the same organization, which may include, but not limited to: executive director, board member, and program director. Selection is based on the expressed need for the training due to the following organizational considerations: newly established and emerging community-based program; rural program with limited access to this type of technical assistance; program is facing new demands for services; program is undergoing infrastructure transition, e.g. change in leadership and management personnel.

"The SOS Institute has been helpful in providing a road map for the organization. We are in the process of making some program and infrastructure changes. The favorite part of the training was the work plans that balance and connect.” SOS participant, April 2011, Atlanta, GA.


SOS Institute plans to offer the 2.5 days training in August 2014.

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