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    For those who think there is nothing new under the sun – how about a new model for funding social services which results in government dollars being used more efficiently? Hard to imagine, but there is a glimmer of hope in a new model out of the UK.There are a lot of moving parts and it won’t be simple or easy, but it seems worth investigating. Some good resources are available on the websites of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Urban Institute. SVPartners and guests are invited to join us on May 4th to continue this conversation in Tampa Bay. Details under "Featured Events" to the right. Read More »

    On March 3rd, SVP Tampa Bay was invited to speak at Philanthropy Miami 2016: Philanthropy Reinvented, the largest gathering of funders and nonprofits in the Miami area. Lauren Harper of the Center for Social Change organized the day and invited us to be part of a panel: From Venture Philanthropy to Impact Investing: Demystifying the New Funding Scheme. In addition to sharing the SVP model and the story of our growth in Tampa Bay (all well received), our co-panelists shared interesting developments happening in our sector around impact investing and crowdfunding. Read More »

    On November 12, 2015 the SVP Partners gathered at the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City to meet the leaders of three not-for-profit organizations that had been carefully vetted by the 7 partners who served on the Investment Opportunities Committee. The partners agreed that Ready for Life is in the perfect place in its growth for involvement with SVP. They have established themselves as a well-run organization with needed and effective programming and appear poised to grow and expand. Ready for Life engages foster care youth, private citizens and public resources to assist Pinellas County foster youth in a successful transition to adulthood. Read More »

    Recently, someone sent me an article from the Wall Street Journal titled “How to Vet a Charity.” It provides some useful information and advice, even mentioning that “measuring impact as well as finances is the next frontier of charity evaluation.” However, the resources recommended and the donor anecdotes included in the article focus primarily on financial measurements. Overhead expense and CEO salary continue to be hot buttons for making decisions about where to donate. I don’t know where this discussion will end up, but am glad that the SVP model includes more thoughtful vetting of our potential investees. We don’t need to rely on Charity Navigator, or numbers in an online database because we work closely with our investees, both in our selection process and during our ongoing support to grow their capacity to fulfill their missions. Read More »

    Social Venture Partners brings a new philanthropic model to Tampa Bay | Tampa Bay Times

    TAMPA — Fifteen years working in the nonprofit world taught Rebekah Heppner why all-too-often, good intentions are not enough to sustain a charitable organization.

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    SVP Tampa Bay partners and guests celebrated the Big Decision at the Blind Tiger Cafe. See party photos here! Read More »

    Featured Events

    Meet SVP Luncheon

    May 18, 2016 11:30 am

    Interested in becoming a partner with SVP Tampa Bay? Contact us at svptampbay@gmail.com for an invitation to join us at our next informational luncheon. We will share information about SVP, introduce you to a few of our partners, answer all of your questions, and enjoy plenty of great conversation. Luncheons are by invitation only.