After completing a rigorous due diligence process, Social Venture Partners Boston has selected Boston CASA as its newest Grantee.
Boston CASA promotes and advocates for the best interests of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in Suffolk County. Boston CASA recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) who work to ensure that these children have safe and permanent homes. A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home; is half as likely to re-enter the foster care system; and is more likely to succeed in school. Since becoming an independent nonprofit organization in 2012, Boston CASA has experienced impressive growth and is poised for even greater impact. Boston CASA currently serves more than 160 children in Suffolk County.
Social Venture Partners Boston chooses worthy nonprofits in which to invest financial and volunteer help from a network of highly skilled business professionals. With Social Venture Partners Boston’s support, these nonprofits grow an average of 40 percent annually. That’s four times the Massachusetts average.
Social Venture Partners Boston will provide Boston CASA with up to three years of support, including $100,000 in unrestricted funds and access to a pool of highly skilled business professionals to help the organization build capacity, develop its evaluation tools, and refine its strategic growth objectives.
Social Venture Partners Boston operates like a venture capital model for local early-stage nonprofits. It gives Partners—or volunteers—the opportunity to invest their time, money, and expertise in innovative nonprofits that have the potential to make meaningful and sustainable improvements in the community.