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All We See is Potential.

It starts with one person. One person joins many people. Together we help strengthen our communities and contribute to a better world.

Social Venture Partners is an international network of engaged philanthropists who invest time, money and professional expertise in local non-profits. Through our model of Venture Philanthropy, we seek to effect significant, long-term positive social change in our communities by:

  1. Investing time, money and professional expertise in innovative non-profits to strengthen these organizations and scale their impact.
  2. Encouraging individuals to be well-informed, effective, and engaged philanthropists who inspire others in their network.

Here in Vancouver, our mission is focused on strengthening the organizational capacity of non-profits serving children in-need and youth at-risk. Our vision is to ensure more children and youth reach their full potential.

Established in 2001, SVP Vancouver* has contributed over $4.0 million dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to 50 non-profits in our local community.  Local success stories include Take A Hike Youth-at-Risk Foundation, Athletics for Kids, The KidSafe Project, St. James Music Academy, Yo Bro Youth Initiative Society, One-To-One Literacy Society, and many, many others.

Helping individuals realize greater impact with their giving, building the capacity of nonprofits, solving complex social issues, and investing in collaborative solutions – we make connections that make a difference. Connections that unleash potential.

That’s SVP. A global network of local partners aligning passion and purpose.

*Social Venture Partners Vancouver and SVP Vancouver are operating names of BC Social Venture Partners Foundation; we are incorporated under the Society Act in British Columbia (S-42026) and a  Registered Charity in Canada (#86668 3196 RR0001).
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    SVP is deeply grateful to the anonymous donors who gave generously because they believe in SVP’s venture philanthropy model to make positive social impact: time, talent, treasure, and ties. Read More »

    SVP Investee, Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative is breaking barriers and making incredible strides in its mission to keep kids safe, in school, and positively connected to their communities. With help from Lead Partner, Nick Bedford, and the diligent work of Yo Bro founder Joe Calendino and his wife, Brenda, this powerful organization has grown fifteen-fold since 2009, and is poised on the edge of more exciting growth in the year ahead. Read More »

    Janet Wood and David Rice are an excellent example of flexible and committed engagement. Janet is Global Head of Talent and Leadership at SAP, and David is a retired employment lawyer who’s especially keen to help our Investees with employment challenges and other capacity-building opportunities. They joined SVP eight years ago, and since then have both served on the board at different times, worked directly with Investees, maintained busy careers, and even lived abroad for two and a half years. Read More »

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    Featured Events

    Diggin’ In With Fresh Roots: Family BBQ + Garden Work Bee

    September 10, 2016 4:00 pm

    Here it is! An SVP event you can bring the kids to... Join fellow Partners and the Fresh Roots team at David Thompson Secondary School market garden for an afternoon of volunteering followed by a long table BBQ with fresh picked salad from the garden and a lovely array of potluck desserts. Read More »

    SVP Vancouver 15th Anniversary Celebration

    October 13, 2016 6:00 pm

    The celebration will take place on Thursday, October 13th at the incredible heritage event venue, The Permanent, and feature a celebrity emcee, elegant cocktails and canapes, entertainment, and stories about our incredible Partners and Investees. All Partners and Investees (past and present), and community leaders are invited. Read More »

    SVP Global Conference

    October 20, 2016 8:00 am

    “I met with great people, wonderful people – people with good hearts and willing to contribute to the world.” We hear this again and again from conference participants who gather each year to be inspired, challenged and engaged with those who share their passion for positive change. Join us for three days packed with stellar speakers, engaging workshops and tons of open time for swapping ideas with change-makers from around the globe. Read More »