SVP is looking for nonprofits that want to commit to 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
- An initial year of in-kind support.
- The potential for two additional years of in-kind and financial support (up to $60k).
- Tools to assess your organizational capacity – aka the strength of all those behind the scenes systems: human resources, financial management, communications, board governance, etc.
- Skilled volunteers who will support you to build your organization’s capacity in the areas that are holding you back.
- 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, trusting 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.
We’re not going to lie. We ask a lot of the nonprofits we work with. And we’re not perfect. Some nonprofits we’ve worked with would say don’t do it. And there are just as many that say it’s worth every ounce of effort.
Interested? Here’s How It Works
#1 SVP Partners Choose a Focus Area for Investment
SVP typically has one investment cycle per year. We alternate between focusing on Education and other “rotating” issues chosen by our Partners – anything from human services to the environment. Click here to learn about who we work with.
We do research and talk to other funders to develop a list of nonprofits that meet the parameters we establish for each cycle. If you would like to be considered for a future cycle, please contact us and tell us what your organization does in 1-2 sentences.
#2 Nonprofits are Invited to an Information Session
We invite interested nonprofits in the selected focus area to attend an information session where we outline the investment process and timeline. This gives you the opportunity to determine if a SVP relationship is the right one, at the right time, for you.
#3 Applications Submitted
Nonprofit candidates undergo a systematic process of evaluation that includes an application and interviews. Nonprofit leaders and SVP Partners get acquainted with each other through this and learn how they might work together.
#4 Advisees Selected
The Investment Committee selects 2-3 organizations are selected to receive an initial year of strategic advice and coaching from a team of SVP Partners.
#5 Investees Selected
At the end of the year, one Advisee will be selected by the SVP Partnership as an Investee to receive grant funding and continued in-kind assistance for approximately 2 more years.
Basic Eligibility Criteria
Is your organization:
- A registered 501(c)3 in good standing with the IRS?
- Aligned with the criteria for our current funding cycle?
- Located in Los Angeles County?
Keep in mind that in-kind and financial support are provided to enhance the organization’s capacity for long term-effectiveness and sustainability, which means grant requests for auctions or fundraising events, debt reduction, endowment funds, capital campaigns, litigation or legal expenses will not be considered.
2017 Investment Cycle
Check back in May 2017 for information about our next Investment Cycle.