Supporting Organizational Sustainability – SOS Institute

The Supporting Organizational Sustainability Institute (SOS Institute) offers resources, technical assistance, and hosts interactive, multi-day trainings to help U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees, partner organizations, and community-based organizations, enhance their programming, organizational infrastructure and capacity.

Started in 2010, the SOS Institute has a national focus, targeting community-based organizations responding to all forms of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

SOS Institute Goal 

The overarching goal of the SOS Institute is to provide participants with core organizational competency through workshops, webinars, and tools that enhance their skills and improve their knowledge to maintain and sustain their organizations.

SOS Topic Areas on organizational development and capacity building include (but are not limited to):

  • Review of mission, core values, and healthy organizational culture
  • Strategic planning and short and long-term planning, to better serve survivors, including succession planning
  • Managing change and growth
  • Tools for board recruitment, development, governance, and engagement
  • Promoting staff leadership, professional growth, and wellness
  • Trauma-informed and anti-oppressive supervision
  • Internal equity building strategies
  • Communications, internal and external
  • Financial management and leadership (internal controls, policies, and procedures)
  • Organizational infrastructure needs assessment
  • Strategic and equitable partnerships
  • Human resources, including values-aligned internal policy development

See “Resources and Webinars” below!

technical assistance

Check out this flyer for more information about our technical assistance and other SOS Institute offerings and feel free to share!

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For information, resources, or technical assistance support, please contact Futures Without Violence, Attention: Mónica Arenas, E-mail:

cohort learning opportunities

Professional Leadership & Advancement Network (PLAN) Program, a seven-week education series for executive directors including a blend of live virtual and self-paced sessions, group and individual activities, peer exchange, one-on-one technical assistance with experts in the field, and implementation planning. PLAN is an opportunity to engage with other survivor-serving organizations across the country and foster leadership skills rooted in the values of the anti-violence movement.

Applications for the PLAN 2023 cohort are now closed– please join our mailing list and select the preference “Leadership and Professional Development” to receive updates regarding future cohorts and additional leadership development opportunities and tools for staff across all levels of the organization. 

PLAN general website flyer

This cohort is part of a project entitled the SOS (Supporting Organizational Sustainability) Institute, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

This project is supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GK-02206-MUMU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Contact with any questions.


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Recent Webinar Series:

  • Developing an Engaged Board of Directors to Advance Equity
    • The board of directors play an important role in the success of survivor-serving organizations, including advancing equity values.  Transitions and adaptations due to the pandemic have encouraged new approaches for board engagement and expansion with an equity lens. This includes relationship with the executive director, board recruitment for representation of people being served, and adaptation of policies that encourage equitable practices.


COVID-19 Resources:

Webinars and resources on organizational capacity building, organized by FUTURES: