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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, our 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 increase 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 innovative Non-profits that support 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 45+ 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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  • Current News

    With the support of SVP Partners and second year funding, ONE TO ONE realizes significant expansion to support children's literacy. Read More »

    On September 25, 2014, David Sutcliffe, Founding Board Chair of SVP Vancouver bestowed Founding Partner, Norm Francis with the title of Distinguished Partner. This special recognition was recently established by the Board of Directors to honour distinguished service to BC Social Venture Partners Foundation.

    Over 13 years, SVP Vancouver has assisted 45 worthy non-profits. This year, SVP granted a record $454,000 to 13 Investees, an increase of $110,000 over 2013. Read More »

    Every SVP has its own unique "origin" story. Read how SVP Vancouver came to be in 2001, as a result of serendipity and generosity in the hi-tech sector. Read More »

    Featured Events

    SVP International’s Audacious Philanthropy Conference

    October 16, 2014 6:30 pm

    This year’s Social Venture Partners International conference will focus on strengthening SVP’s core. From the pre-conference session to the keynotes, breakouts and everything in between, you’ll be able to gain and share knowledge, connections and resources that will allow your SVP to become stronger than ever. Topics include cultivating leaders,  impact investing, nonprofit financial analyses, partner recruiting, fund development and much more.

    This is a chance to meet some of the most engaged SVP Partners outside of your own network, learn from provocative speakers, participate in highly interactive sessions and get to know some outstanding nonprofits. You’ll experience laser-focused learning from beginning to end and feel more connected than ever with your passion for making a difference!

    Don’t miss the Pre-Conference Sessions “Scaling Impact” and “Strengthening SVP’s Core”. See the full schedule here.

    REGISTER NOW! Early bird registration ends September 22nd.

    Don’t forget to book your hotel room by September 22nd to secure the group rate of $199. Book by phone (ask for the Social Venture Partners International group rate) or online here.