Our mission:• Matching human and financial capital with  proven social innovation to change our world.
Who we are:• Two-year old social venture philanthropy  501(c)(3)• Business professionals with skills to leverage  on behal...
Who we are NOT:• Traditional funding source
What we look for:• Non-profits with following traits:  – Established, not a start-up  – Solving huge social issue innovati...
What we do:• Help non-profits build capacity as they scale their  programs   – Invest human/financial capital over 3 – 5 y...
How we choose investees:• Competitive application process:  – Multi-step  – Open to any 501(c)(3) that meets our criteria ...
Why Emancipet?•   Earned-revenue business model•   Innovative idea•   Reaching inflection point in replication plan•   Ent...
Who We Are• Mission: Make spay/neuter and preventive  vet care affordable and accessible to everyone• History: Founded in ...
Our Theory of Change (in a nutshell)• Euthanasia in shelters is the number one  cause of preventable death of dogs and  ca...
So, what’s your  expansion   strategy?
Expansion Strategy• Branch structure for clinic replication• Central Office in Austin – sharing services to  reduce costs,...
Assessing our own Readiness:             What we Wanted•   Some unrestricted cash in reserve•   A sustainable funding mode...
The Last 12 Months• Staffing up: Added a  COO, CAO, Accountant• Changed staffing structure and roles• Solidified processes...
The Next 12 Months• Transition board structure to ensure  adequate volunteer leadership• Open a new clinic in Bell County•...
What’s been the best and worstthings about the process so far?
The Joys• Realizing you are going to be able to help• Growing gives you unexpected influence  to make other changes• Valid...
The Challenges• The balance between energized and terrified• Knowing where to invest and when• Giving up some control• Kee...
Questions?
Contact Info:Amy Mills, CEO Emancipet      @AMstationAmy.mills@emancipet.org
Program Expansion in Action: Evaluating Readiness and Avoiding Pitfalls
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Program Expansion in Action: Evaluating Readiness and Avoiding Pitfalls

  1. 1. Our mission:• Matching human and financial capital with proven social innovation to change our world.
  2. 2. Who we are:• Two-year old social venture philanthropy 501(c)(3)• Business professionals with skills to leverage on behalf of chosen non-profits• Coach/catalyst/cheerleader• Funding advisor
  3. 3. Who we are NOT:• Traditional funding source
  4. 4. What we look for:• Non-profits with following traits: – Established, not a start-up – Solving huge social issue innovatively – Potential for growth regionally/nationally – Proven results – Entrepreneurial leadership
  5. 5. What we do:• Help non-profits build capacity as they scale their programs – Invest human/financial capital over 3 – 5 years – Assist with organizational capacity assessment to understand ‘gaps’ – Assist with refining growth plan – Connect with necessary resources • Human • Financial• Provide small, strategic grants to help catalyze growth
  6. 6. How we choose investees:• Competitive application process: – Multi-step – Open to any 501(c)(3) that meets our criteria – Annual selection cycle: November – April – Investment Selection Committee, comprised of Partners (investors), performs due diligence
  7. 7. Why Emancipet?• Earned-revenue business model• Innovative idea• Reaching inflection point in replication plan• Entrepreneurial leadership
  8. 8. Who We Are• Mission: Make spay/neuter and preventive vet care affordable and accessible to everyone• History: Founded in 1999 as a mobile, added stationary clinic in 2005, second mobile in 2011• Impact: performed over 160,000 surgeries in Central Texas• Approach: Building relationships with pet owners, social change, neighborhood based outreach• Claim to fame: Part of the team of organizations that made Austin a no-kill City
  9. 9. Our Theory of Change (in a nutshell)• Euthanasia in shelters is the number one cause of preventable death of dogs and cats in the U.S. (4 million per year)• The primary reason for animals in shelters is accidental litters• The vast majority of pet owners want to spay their pets but cannot afford market rates• Low cost spay/neuter, made accessible, can end the unnecessary
  10. 10. So, what’s your expansion strategy?
  11. 11. Expansion Strategy• Branch structure for clinic replication• Central Office in Austin – sharing services to reduce costs, increase quality• Branches have earned revenue from spay/neuter and fees for service – at scale, they earn enough to pay their “fair share” for the shared services at the central office• Need to learn: time to scale, impact of population size on revenues
  12. 12. Assessing our own Readiness: What we Wanted• Some unrestricted cash in reserve• A sustainable funding model• Professional staff ready to grow• Board in “start up” mode• Stable programs at home• A trusted funder for the first expansion site
  13. 13. The Last 12 Months• Staffing up: Added a COO, CAO, Accountant• Changed staffing structure and roles• Solidified processes and procedures• Secured funding for first clinic• Invested in Brand Re-fresh• Invested in new Web Site, phone system
  14. 14. The Next 12 Months• Transition board structure to ensure adequate volunteer leadership• Open a new clinic in Bell County• Launch new fundraising plan to support new structure and secure growth capital• Determine location for next new clinic• Launch training & mentoring program
  15. 15. What’s been the best and worstthings about the process so far?
  16. 16. The Joys• Realizing you are going to be able to help• Growing gives you unexpected influence to make other changes• Validation for your cause – makes you feel like the universe is on your side!• Getting new team members that are fired up about the growth
  17. 17. The Challenges• The balance between energized and terrified• Knowing where to invest and when• Giving up some control• Keeping all the stakeholders engaged, and finding ways to include everyone’s input along the way- feels like building the plane in mid-air• Personally, understanding what my role is, and how to stay in the right place to do it
  18. 18. Questions?
  19. 19. Contact Info:Amy Mills, CEO Emancipet @AMstationAmy.mills@emancipet.org

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