Sacred Heart Community Service (San Jose) – Corporate Partnership Strategy

Sacred Heart’s mission is to build a community free from poverty by creating hope, opportunity, and action.  We provide essential services, empower people to improve their lives, advocate for justice, and inspire volunteers to love, serve and share.

With the help of more than 10,000 volunteers each year we fight poverty through a comprehensive approach of:

  • Essential Services: food; clothing and housing support
  • Self-Sufficiency Service: job-search assistance; year-round education programs for youth and adults; organic home-gardening program; leadership development and more
  • Policy, Advocacy & Organizing: work with customers and traditional volunteers on campaigns for social and economic justice in the community: tenant rights; senior citizen services; affordable housing; minimum wage increase in San Jose and more

We were founded in 1964, making next year our 50th anniversary!

With the diminishment of government funding and the increased demands on our agency it’s critical we inspire our existing and new corporate partners to make deeper investments in our local community.

We are managing relationships with almost 200 businesses – ranging from sole proprietors to Silicon Valley’s biggest companies – and winning small investments ($10,000 and below).  We work with many companies with the resources to make much larger investments in our work, but we lack the experience of constructing a strategy to network with the right people and provide the right engagement experiences to meet and inspire corporate executives to make large individual gifts, join our board or advisory committees and grant access to company resources at their disposal.

We celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2014, giving us a unique opportunity to inspire greater involvement, discuss deeper investment in our work, and tell the story of Sacred Heart Community Service.

Project Description:

To help Sacred Heart Community Service to develop a Corporate Sponsorship/Partnership strategy to engage our existing corporate relationships more effectively.

Deliverables may include recommendations for:

  1. Strategy to focus on 10-12 existing corporate partners to deepen engagement and financial investment.
  2. Strategy to recruit strategic corporate contacts to join our board and fundraising advisory committees.
  3. Create roadmap for securing corporate sponsorships for our 50th Anniversary celebration.

Training plan to involve our executive director and board members in corporate engagement and fundraising.