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!

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

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Recent Webinar Series:

  • Shared Leadership in Survivor-Serving Organizations (3-part Webinar Series)
    • Part One: Sharing Power in Survivor-Serving Organizations. Participants will examine how power operates within their organization, reflect on their positional power and working relationships, and strategize ways to redistribute power across all staff levels.
    • Part Two: Co-Director Roundtable, Experiences of Three Survivor-Serving Organizations. This webinar will feature three organizations with co-director leadership models. They will share about their structure, lessons learned, and strategies for collaborating internally and externally.
    • Part Three: Empowerment and Collective Leadership, Survivor-Centered Strategies. Two culturally-specific organizations will share about their collective structures and empowerment-based leadership journeys, strategies, lessons learned, and tips for practice.

COVID-19 Resources:

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