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What We Do

SVP builds powerful relationships among people and organizations that are out to make the world a better place. With a network of more than 3200 engaged donors in 40 cities, we help individuals amplify their giving, fund and strengthen nonprofits and equip our communities to tackle our greatest social challenges – together.

Partners in the SVP Network pool their funds and together they make multi-year, unrestricted gifts to carefully vetted nonprofit investees with proven potential for social change. Partners also contribute their business and professional expertise to the nonprofits, all with the goal of strengthening the nonprofit and increasing its impact.  Central to this work is the opportunity for Partners to learn about strategic philanthropy so they can make the greatest impact possible with their time, talent and financial investment.

The journey begins with you, stretching to your next step in the hard work of bold social change. Together, alongside the organizations we fund, we are strengthening the philanthropic landscape – paving the way for systemic solutions to help kids, families and our environment.

We Go Beyond Philanthropy.

SVP does more than give away money. We amplify the impact of those out to do good in three distinct ways:

  1. Connect and engage individuals, helping them make the greatest impact with their philanthropic giving.
  2. Fund and strengthen nonprofits, helping them take their vital work for communities to the next level.
  3. Invest in collaborative solutions, so those with a common cause can align their efforts and go farther, together.

Our Guiding Principles

Engaged Venture Philanthropy. SVP Partners invest time, expertise and money in nonprofits. They seek collaborative relationships with nonprofits that last for at least three years.

Entrepreneurial Spirit. Partners use innovative approaches to achieve leveraged results in their nonprofit partnerships and communities. They delegate decisions, resources, and authority to those closest to the work.

Philanthropic Education. Partners educate themselves and become informed, effective, lifetime philanthropists. Ongoing individual philanthropy is catalyzed through hands-on experience and education.

Community and Collaborative Action. Partners believe in the power of collective,  multi-stakeholder effort. They encourage and maintain highly participatory, Partner-driven organizations that use non-hierarchical communications and operating practices. SVPs support an open exchange of knowledge and lessons learned.

Mutual Respect. Partners respect the expertise of community nonprofit organizations. They form close working relationships with organizations where Social Venture Partners are mutually vested in the nonprofit’s success.

Accountability and Results. Partners are mutually accountable to each other, their nonprofit investees (grant recipients) and community. They achieve and document measurable results, both in their own work and through their nonprofit partnerships.

What does “going beyond philanthropy” mean?  Click here to find out.