We have more to give. Together.
The individuals who join SVP want to leave their mark on the world, to take their giving to a new level. Through SVP you can…
Since 1997, SVP has helped individuals make smart and leveraged investments in vetted organizations. Over the years, SVP Partners have collectively given more than $16 million to King County nonprofits – far more than most could give alone. And that money was stretched farther by the tens of thousands of volunteer hours given by SVP Partners.
This number multiplies when looking across SVP’s international network. Since SVP’s inception, Partners in 40 cities have collectively given more than $63 million and countless volunteer hours.
Invest in Vetted Nonprofits
There are thousands of nonprofits in Seattle alone. How do you decide which ones to fund?
At SVP you don’t have to make that decision on your own. Whether or not you participate directly, you benefit from the careful selection and reviews carried out by SVP grant committees – ensuring that your money is wisely invested.
Each year, 18-24 SVP Partners gather for a few hours a week over six months to select the organizations that SVP will fund. These committees are looking for nonprofits that are having a great impact in our community, and are poised to take their work to the next level.
Partners consistently say that participating on a grant committee is one of the most rewarding experiences at SVP, and some continue on to oversee our entire portfolio of grantees.
Should I make a few large donations, or lots of small ones? Where can I find nonprofits that are focused on the issues I care about? How do I align my giving with my values?
These are just a few of the questions that SVP Partners raise, and through a series of seminars, discussion groups, workshops, and one-to-one meetings SVP helps tackle them. Our goal? Partners connect with people who share their passion and walk away with tools to make the greatest impact with their giving.
Volunteer Your Time and Talent
How do you want to approach philanthropy? If you’re reading this, it probably means you want to do more than give money. You want to roll up your sleeves and dig in. And you’re not alone.
Hundreds of SVP Partners throughout our international network are working shoulder to shoulder with nonprofits and each other to achieve the change they want to see in their communities. Our Partners:
- Strengthen local nonprofits by volunteering their unique professional skills individually or collectively through our Communities of Practice
- Invest in collaborative solutions with our Collective Action Teams
- Shape SVP by participating on our internal teams
Give Back with Your Kids
How do we share our compassion and social responsibility with our kids? How do we prepare them to have their own positive impact on the world? These questions inspired SVP Partners to start Social Venture Kids (SVK), a teen philanthropy group that empowers and prepares its members to address the problems facing their community.
SVK teens learn by doing. They raise their own funds, research an issue area that they want to have an impact on, solicit and evaluate nonprofit grant applications, conduct site visits, and make annual grants for $10,000 or more.
Photo by Gary Voth: SVP Partner John Fine volunteered his tech skills with Rainier Scholars staff member Ronnie Cunningham to support brilliant students like Brenda Mancilla-Martinez.