Cleveland donor-volunteers to partner with organization lifting up children in the foster care system
CLEVELAND – Social Venture Partners (SVP) Cleveland, the philanthropic venture fund that supports and partners with nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio, has awarded its seventeenth multi-year grant to its newest Investee—Kinnect. Having selected Kinnect from a pool of 52 local nonprofit applicants, SVP will offer Kinnect an initial $15,000 unrestricted grant as well as tailored consulting, pinpointed through a collaborative relationship. The consulting is provided by SVP volunteers with a range of nonprofit-management expertise and a passion to engage with nonprofits making an impact in the community.
Mike Kenney, co-founder and executive director of Kinnect, said “Kinnect believes that every day for a child in foster care is a day in crisis. The opportunity to partner with SVP is going to have a compounding impact on our ability to ensure that all children leave foster care to a permanent family in the shortest time possible. We are humbled and grateful for this opportunity.”
Co-leading the engagement with Kinnect are SVP Partners Katie Keane and Megan Patton. Megan expressed, “I am looking forward to working with Kinnect. Being able to tap into the incredible talent pool of SVP Partners will allow us to bring top-level thinking to the ongoing growth of Kinnect. The difference this organization makes in the lives of children—connecting them with ‘kin’—fundamentally changes the trajectory of their lives.”
A central part of Kinnect’s mission—and source of its name—is its approach to identifying individuals whom a foster child considers their “kin” and involving these kin to create stability and permanency for that child. Kinnect honors two definitions of “kin.” Along with the child welfare system’s legal definition, Kinnect also recognizes that “each of us relies on a network of chosen family—blood relatives, close friends, and other loved ones who support us physically, emotionally, and financially.”
About Social Venture Partners
SVP Cleveland is a 501(c)(3) grant-making public charity and an affiliate of Social Venture Partners, the largest network of engaged donors in the world. It builds powerful relationships among people and organizations committed to changing our world. Through collective power, it helps individuals make a greater impact with their giving. It funds, supports, and collaborates with nonprofits that work in Northeast Ohio and beyond to tackle the community’s greatest social challenges.
Anyone interested in SVP membership may visit svpcle.org or call Hilary Sparks-Roberts at (216) 231-2300.
Kinnect was established in 2005 as the Waiting Child Fund (WCF), with a mission to raise funds to help at-risk children get adopted. Staying true to the founding principles that all children can and deserve to achieve permanency, the organization evolved its mission to “develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children in the shortest time possible.” In March 2018, the Waiting Child Fund transformed to become “Kinnect.”
Today, Kinnect partners with leaders throughout the state and country to create sustainable change, driven solely by the outcomes being achieved for children and families. The organization effects real, lasting change by building enhancements into the practice and culture of its partners. Kinnect remains committed to “required evolution” when it comes to the “how” of their work to achieve permanency for all children. Its programs and partnerships include 30 Days to Family® Ohio, Affirm Me, Ohio Kinship & Adoption Navigator Program, and many education and advocacy opportunities.