SOS Institute


Presented by:
U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women,
in partnership with Futures Without Violence.

Dates: January 23, 24 and 25, 2013
Location: San Francisco, California

Application Deadline: November 9, 2012

Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1. Utilize individual and organizational resiliency as a framework to build organizational sustainability.
2. Empower staff to participate in organizational development and sustainability.
3. Clarify and incorporate core values to your mission, short, and long term goals.
4. Resolve organizational infrastructure challenges to align with your mission and core values.
5. Create planning processes that connect daily workloads with long term goals.
6. Prepare organizational protocols for constructive communication and conflict resolution.
7. Initiate and engage in meaningful, reciprocal collaboration.
8. Promote better partnership between executive director and board of directors.
9. Build organizational culture that supports organizational sustainability.
10. Create a development plan and budget for organizational sustainability.
11. Produce an action plan to apply lessons learned and enhance your organization’s sustainability.
Who may attend?

  •  Community-based organizations (CBOs) that work with specific underrepresented and underserved populations. The communities may include, but not limited to: tribal communities, LGBT communities, newly arrived communities, rural communities, and other underrepresented communities.
  • OVW grantees and their partners must receive prior approval from their OVW Program
  • Specialist if they will be requesting to use their OVW travel funds to participate in this training.
  • Participants must come in teams of 2-3 individuals, which may include, but not limited to: executive director, board member, and program staff. This is to obtain the maximum benefit of the institute.

How to apply:

Organizations interested in participating will need to submit an application for this training.

Please see application link. Due to space limitations, your application is not confirmed until you receive an acceptance letter.

Application Link


The education program is provided free of charge. Please note that participants are responsible for their own meals, lodging, travel arrangements, and costs associated with attending the program.
Accommodations are available at the program rate of $129 plus 15% tax per night.

Additional Information:

  • The SOS Institute is led by national experts and trainers on organizational sustainability.
  • Please distribute this information to organizations that may be interested in participating in the SOS Institute.

For additional information please contact Monica Arenas at 415-678-5519, 


We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.