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Strengthen Nonprofits

The organizations SVP partners with are tackling some of our society’s most entrenched problems – and they are ready to take their work to the next level.

They’ve recognized ways that their organizations could be stronger, and are working with SVP to make that happen. In any given year, SVP is engaged with local nonprofits, providing two kinds of support.

Multi-Year, General Operating Support

We believe that change takes time, and that those closest to the work are best equipped to make important decisions. Our investees can depend on three years of funding, and they are free to spend that money where they see fit. We ask them to report on results, not financials.

Nonprofit Capacity Building

Things like an actionable strategic plan, effective board governance, and sound financial systems can make the difference how many people in need can be impacted. That’s why we strengthen organizations from the inside out – matching them with SVP partners who can help amplify their impact. This capacity-building work allows our investees to deliver on their missions more effectively, resulting in better outcomes for the communities they serve.

Learn more about how SVP Chicago works with investees: SVP Chicago Investee Orientation Presentation

Click here for more information about our investment process.

LOIs for our 2019-20 investment cycle are due by 5 pm CST on September 5, 2019.

Click here to apply.

Organizations that intend to submit an LOI are required to participate in a briefing call with our Investment Committee co-chairs. There are two options:

  • August 6, 2019; 12 pm CST
  • August 20, 2019; 3 pm CST

Contact linda@svpchicago.org with your preferred day and she will provide additional details.

Learn more about SVP Chicago.

Important Dates:

September 5, 2019, 5 pm CST:                  LOIs due

October 7, 2019:                                         ED interviews

October 29, 2019; 5pm CST:                      RFPs due

November 25 – December 13, 2019:        Complete Capacity Assessment Survey

January 20 – February 7, 2020:                Site visits

Mid-February 2020:                                   Final selection