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SVPLA Systems Change Accelerator

Great News!! SVP's Accelerator Program application is open!!!

SVPLA working with five social justice champions, tackling the root cause of pressing social problems in LA County.



Social Venture Partners Los Angeles (SVPLA) is excited to launch a new program designed to accelerate the growth and impact of a cohort of systems change nonprofits in Los Angeles County. We define systems change as work that tackles the root causes of pressing social problems. As distinct from direct service work, systems change programs address underlying inequitable structures by shifting policies, processes, resources, and power structures. We see an opportunity to create exponential positive change in Los Angeles through this focus on root causes, and we aim to channel the unique skills, networks, and expertise of the cohort and our SVP Partners (our donor volunteers with deep experience in private sector, government, and nonprofit leadership) in support of these endeavors.

The Accelerator is a fast-paced, intensive program for 3-5 nonprofit organizations in the early stages of a systems change initiative. The program blends workshops, coaching, peer learning, and 1:1 mentoring  to support nonprofit leaders in strengthening infrastructure and program design, increasing relationships and resources, honing and amplify their voice, and integrating core values of equity and innovation. We’ve found these foundational elements uniquely accelerate an organization’s ability to create systemic community impact.

The program will run from October 2017 to June 2018, and will include participation in SVP’s signature Fast Pitch Program and event. All participating organizations will receive an unrestricted seed grant of $10,000 and will be eligible for additional cash prizes through the Fast Pitch portion of the program.

Meet our 2017 – 2018 Participants!


We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Systems Change Accelerator class, bringing together nearly 100 SVP “Partners” – business leaders, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders – to coach and mentor five emerging nonprofit leaders to create powerful social change.

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Ann English, Program Manager – CSH Speak Up

Speak Up!, CSH’s Supportive Housing Community Advocates Program, builds the skills of individuals with lived experience of homelessness to demonstrate how the voice of lived experience of homelessness is a powerful tool for cultivating community support for solutions to homelessness.


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Jeanne Fauci, Executive Director – Center for Powerful Public Schools

As a catalyst for educational equity, access and choice, Center for Powerful Public Schools is addressing the issue that public school students – particularly those from historically underrepresented populations and/or living in poverty – are not adequately prepared for success in postsecondary education and 21st Century jobs.


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Joon Bang, Executive Director – Korean American Coalition

Since its founding in 1983, Korean American Coalition has provided voter registration and voter education services to the Korean American community, aiming to raise the voice of this underrepresented community by maximizing its voting power.


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Sahar Pirzada, Steering Committee Member – Vigilant Love

Vigilant Love works to address the rampant rise of Islamophobia, including interpersonal hate crimes and systemic discrimination, with a focus on resisting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program, “Countering Violent Extremism.”



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Sonya Passi, Executive Director – FreeFrom

FreeFrom focuses on breaking the cycle of violence against women in the U.S., by looking past crisis intervention to violence prevention and helping survivors achieve financial stability so that they can leave and never have to go back.



For more information or questions about our Accelerator program, please contact:

Sharon Stratton | Email: sstratton@svpla.org | Phone: 310.305.1761