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Social Venture Partners Dallas is here to build the capacity of your meaningful work and help you DO GOOD BETTER.

Applications for social impact organizations to become an Advisee or Investee of Social Venture Partners Dallas are accepted annually beginning in February.

The organizations we select are willing to be open, honest and collaborate. Most of all, they’re ready to take their vital work to the next level.

What We Bring to the Table

  • Tools to assess your organizational capacity – a.k.a. the strength of all those behind the scenes systems: human resources, financial management, communications, board governance, 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 report that outlines 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.

Our Guiding Principles

Social Venture Partners believes we have the greatest opportunity for impact working with organizations that have:

  • A shared understanding of the importance of building internal organizational capacity to achieve their mission
  • A clearly articulated mission for the organization’s programs and infrastructure
  • Strong, stable, and committed leadership
  • The internal capacity (staff, board, and financial resources) to embrace an SVP partnership, which includes regular self-assessment, working with volunteers, and committing to reviewing documents and materials relevant to project work
  • A track record of successful collaboration and/or partnership, indicating the organization’s ability to embrace and benefit from SVP’s mentorship and other in-kind services, as well as SVP’s financial support
  • Proven results indicating the desire to expand, replicate, or otherwise leverage success by addressing root causes of major community issues
  • Specific internal organizational challenges that currently prevent achievement of their full potential

Our Process

Following your application, our Partners Selection Committee will review the applications and select the organizations that will move on to the next round in the process, which entails site visits and conversations with the Executive Director and member(s) of the board.

The organizations selected as finalists will present a fast-pitch style presentation at our annual Spark Tank in May. At the event, SVP Partners will use the pitch to determine which nonprofit projects they will sign up to work on and which organization(s) will win a cash prize for Best Pitch.

Please note: all finalist organizations selected for Spark Tank are fully vetted and eligible to become Advisees. Selection of Advisees will be based on Partners volunteering for the projects that most align with Partners’ skills and interests. As such, the pitch at Spark Tank will be crucial.

Are You Ready?

If you have questions about SVP Dallas’ Advisee Application Process, please contact Prisma Garcia, SVP Dallas Director of Capacity Building.