Every other year, SVP Investees are invited to evaluate SVP through a confidential survey. In 2016, 73 organizations completed the survey with 96% describing their experience with SVP as excellent or good.
“The best thing that has happened to me and the organization,” writes one survey participant. In particular, the survey highlights the benefits and multiplier effects of engaged philanthropy.
“Our lead partners continue to financially invest in our organization, attend board meetings and lend their brilliant ideas to strategy and planning sessions,” writes one participant. “Recently, one opened the door to invaluable pro bono legal assistance to file our trademarks, draft licensing agreements, etc. Our other [lead partner] successfully rallied friends and family to support our very first tax credit drive. Both continue to be our biggest champions.”
Last year, the 15 SVP affiliates represented in the survey provided $1.9 million in grants to their investees, an amount that was more than doubled by skilled volunteer time and new cash contributions from individual partners, plus cash and in-kind contributions from their referrals.
The final value delivered to these nonprofits was reported at $5.1 million.