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All We See is Potential.

Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region is a philanthropic organization, but we do more than give away money.

Our network of engaged community members invest time, money, and professional expertise in local non-profits. Through our model of venture philanthropy, we seek to effect significant, long-term social change in our community.

Learn more about our mission and vision here.


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  • Current News

    Did you know that in Waterloo Region, almost one in five students will not graduate from high school within four years' time? It's a statistic that stayed with me as SVP Waterloo Region staff and partners toured the Chaplin YMCA in Cambridge this March. Our region is known for its innovation and academic excellence, so why is it that 19% of students need more than four years to graduate or do not obtain their diploma at all? Read More »

    What a remarkable year 2018 has been for SVPWR. More and more community members are talking about us and considering joining our ranks. More and more charities are benefiting from our investments in expertise and funding. Read More »

    Featured Events

    HR Best Practices – Lunch & Learn

    March 12 @ 11:45 am

    Are you part of a local nonprofit/charity who is developing your HR strategy, or seeking innovative ideas for recruiting, rewarding, and retaining employees? Staffing decisions are some of the most important decisions that an organization can make. Join us at our next Nonprofit Lunch & Learn on March 12th! (Rescheduled from February 12th due to weather.) Read More »

    Navigating Government Relations – Lunch & Learn

    April 24 @ 11:45 am

    On April 24th, join us for a lunch-and-learn on navigating government relations. Our guest speaker Melissa Durrell will lead a presentation that will look at how to develop strong working relationships with the government, and how to frame your organization’s needs/issues and then effectively pitch them to decision makers.  Read More »