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SVP Arizona is looking for nonprofits that want to try a different kind of funding relationship.

These groups are willing to hang out some dirty laundry, and don’t shy away from the messiness of collaboration. Most of all, they’re ready to take their vital work to the next level.

Interested?

All grants are currently awarded through our annual SVP Fast Pitch competition.  Call for Applications opening day is September 11, 2017. Click here for details about the application process.

If Selected as an SVP Nonprofit Investee,  We Will Bring to the Table…

  • Up to five years of general operating support.
  • Tools to assess your organizational capacity – aka the strength of all those behind the scenes systems: human resources, financial management, communications, board governance, etc.
  • Skilled volunteers who will help build your organization’s capacity in the areas that are keeping you from reaching your full potential.
  • A commitment to working in partnership. We get that there’s a power dynamic in funding relationships. We will do our best to mitigate that. We will invite your honest feedback, own up to our mistakes, and strive to find a path that works for everyone involved.

What We’ll Ask of You

  • A willingness to take a hard look at what’s holding your organization back, and to share those weaknesses openly. Once the cards are on the table, we can get to work – together.
  • Flexibility and openness to working with volunteers who have busy schedules and varied professional backgrounds.
  • A commitment to calling us out when something’s not working for you. That may be uncomfortable, but our best results come from honest relationships.
  • An annual work plan and progress report that outlines the capacity building areas you are focused on, how they relate to your mission, and what you have achieved at the end of each year.

We’re not going to lie. We ask a lot of our Investees. And we’re not perfect. Some nonprofits we’ve worked with would say don’t do it. And there are just as many that say it’s worth every ounce of effort.

“We’ve been fortunate to be involved with a group of community and business leaders who are committed to our mission. The leading partner in our transformation is Social Venture Partners Arizona. The nonprofit philanthropic group has donated its time, talent and treasure to our school for four years.  Because of SVP we have never had to say ‘no’ to an idea that we felt was mission-aligned and would have an impact on our students.”  Dr. Chad Gestson, Principal – Camelback High School