Social Venture Partners (SVP) Boston has selected three finalists – Boston CASA, Career Collaborative, and Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange – to compete for multi-year funding and skilled volunteer support during its second and final investment cycle of 2017. The finalists were evaluated for their leadership, sustainability, societal impact and innovation, and stood out from the original pool of close to 20 applicants.
Boston CASA promotes and advocates for court-involved children in Suffolk County who have experienced abuse and neglect. Through a network of trained volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates, or “CASAs”), Boston CASA works to ensure that these children have safe and permanent homes. Career Collaborative teaches unemployed and under-employed adults how to build careers that change lives and strengthen families. Career Collaborative’s comprehensive program includes job readiness training, job search support, and long-term career coaching. Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) finds permanent adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care throughout Massachusetts.
The three finalists will move forward to the next phase of SVP Boston’s due diligence process, which will include submitting a full proposal, hosting a site visit, and participating in a leadership interview.
SVP Boston will select one organization in mid-December for multi-year support, including $100,000 in capacity building funds and access to a pool of highly skilled business professionals that provide hands-on support and counsel in key areas: strategy, business and financial planning, talent development, marketing and communications, board development, and impact measurement. With the infusion of these greatly needed resources – both human and financial – SVP’s nonprofit Grantees grow to serve more low-income children and families in Boston and beyond with programs that truly work.