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SVP is looking for social ventures that align with our mission to close the opportunity gap in Connecticut and want to try a different kind of funding relationship.

These groups are willing to hang out some dirty laundry, and don’t shy away from the messiness of collaboration. Most of all, they’re ready to take their vital work to the next level.

What We Bring to the Table

  • Multi-year general operating support (up to $25k annually).
  • Tools to assess your organizational capacity – aka the strength of all those behind the scenes systems: human resources, financial management, communications, board governance, strategic planning, etc.
  • Skilled volunteers who will help build your organization’s capacity in the areas that are keeping you from reaching your full potential.
  • A commitment to working in partnership. We get that there’s a power dynamic in funding relationships. We will do our best to mitigate that. We will invite your honest feedback, own up to our mistakes, and strive to find a path that works for everyone involved.

What We’ll Ask of You

  • A willingness to take a hard look at what’s holding your organization back, and to share those weaknesses openly. Once the cards are on the table, we can get to work – together.
  • Flexibility and openness to working with volunteers who have busy schedules and varied professional backgrounds.
  • A commitment to calling us out when something’s not working for you. That may be uncomfortable, but our best results come from honest relationships.
  • An annual work plan and progress reports that outline the capacity building areas you are focused on, how they relate to your mission, and what you have achieved at the end of each year.

2017 Investment Cycle

  • To learn more about SVP Connecticut’s investment focus and review the eligibility parameters, and application process, click here.