We have more to give. Together.
The individuals who join SVP want to leave their mark on the world, to take their giving to a new level. Through SVP you can…
Pool and Stretch Your Dollars
In a sluggish economy funding for nonprofits shrinks as demand for their services expands. Now, more than ever, it’s important to maximize your gifts.
Since 2002, SVP has helped individuals make smart and leveraged investments in vetted organizations. Over the years, SVP Partners have collectively given more than $1 million to Boston area nonprofits – far more than most could give alone. And that money was stretched farther by the thousands of volunteer hours given by SVP Partners.
This number multiplies when looking across SVP’s international network. Since SVP’s inception, Partners in nearly 40 different cities have collectively given more than $50 million and countless volunteer hours.
*The value was calculated using a uniform rate of $150 per hour.
Invest in Vetted Nonprofits
There are thousands of nonprofits. How do you decide which ones to fund?
At SVP, you don’t have to make that decision on your own. Whether or not you participate directly, you benefit from the careful selection and reviews carried out by many SVP Partners – ensuring that your money is wisely invested.
Each year, our Investment Committee, comprised of a dozen or so SVP Boston Partners, gathers for a few hours a week over four months to select the organizations that SVP funds. The committee looks for nonprofits that are having a great impact in our community and are poised to take their work to the next level. Through the Investment Committee, Partners:
- Learn about the areas we are funding (e.g. education) and about good grantmaking practices
- Collectively review letters of inquiry and proposals, debating the merits of each organization
- Visit those organizations, meeting staff and board members, and witnessing their work first-hand
- Recommend one or two new organizations to fund each year
Partners consistently say that participating on the Investment Committee is one of the most rewarding experiences at SVP, and some continue on to oversee our entire portfolio of Grantees.
Engage in Shared Learning
Should I make a few large donations, or lots of small ones? Where can I find nonprofits that are focused on the issues I care about? How do I align my giving with my values?
These are just a few of the questions that SVP Partners bring to the table, and through a series of seminars, discussion groups, workshops, and one-to-one meetings SVP helps tackle them. Our goal? Partners connect with people who share their passion and walk away with the tools they need to make the greatest impact with their giving.
Check out our full calendar of events.
Volunteer Your Time and Talent
How do you want to approach philanthropy? If you’re reading this, it probably means you want to do more than give money. You want to roll up your sleeves and dig in. And you’re not alone.
SVP Boston Partners are working shoulder to shoulder with our Grantees and each other to achieve the change they want to see in their communities.
- Strengthen Local Nonprofits by volunteering their unique professional skills
- Shape SVP by participating on our internal teams
More network than organization, SVP is about people.
And those people are involved at every level of our work. SVP Partners serve on our:
- Investment Committee – selecting the nonprofits we fund and support
- Portfolio Grant Committee – overseeing ongoing funding relationships with nonprofits
- Event Planning Teams – ensuring first-rate events for all participants
- Board of Directors – guiding and overseeing our strategic direction
- Ad Hoc Teams – asking hard questions and refining our efforts when necessary
Each of these groups connects Partners with people who share their passion while shaping and contributing to the collective impact of SVP.
Change takes time.
That’s why SVP gives multi-year grants to the nonprofits we support. We fund five to six organizations in any given year, and the resulting portfolio of nonprofits is overseen by the Portfolio Grant Committee, a group of experienced SVP Partners. The committee supports each Partner team that leads an investment and meets with each organization every year, reviewing their mission-based results and the progress they’ve made on strengthening their internal systems (e.g. financial management, communications, etc.).
In this way the Portfolio Grant Committee ensures that SVP continues to invest in organizations that are making a deep and lasting impact in our community. Participating on the Portfolio Grant Committee also offers our Partners a unique experience, because rather than getting to know one or two organizations, members get a broad perspective of all the organizations with which SVP works.
What is your professional background? Have you ever thought about applying your unique skills to improve the lives of kids?
Seem farfetched? It’s not. Local nonprofits need skills like yours to bolster the work they do on the ground.
At SVP Boston, we connect nonprofits with people who have experience in:
- Project Management
- Information Technology
- Marketing, PR, and Communications
- Financial Management
- Human Resources
- Legal Affairs
- Coaching and Leadership Development
- Public Speaking
- Fund Development
- Strategic Planning
- Board Development and Governance
- Program Evaluation and Performance Management
SVP Partners volunteer with our Grantees to build strategic plans, develop marketing plans, revamp human resources policies – you name it. All that behind-the-scenes work that helps nonprofits fulfill their missions more effectively.
Volunteer projects range from a few hours to multiple years, from discrete one-time tasks to ongoing relationships, and from specific assignments to broad management of multiple projects.
SVP staff and other Partners within the network are available to match and support Partners in their volunteer work – and more often than not, Partner volunteers walk way having gained as much as they’ve given.