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The SVP Model

SVP Boulder County helps strengthen local nonprofits while evolving individual engagement in philanthropy. Our “engaged philanthropy” model means volunteers are leveraged in a powerful way; tapping into the experiences, knowledge, skills and connections of our members, SVP’s investments of time, talent and treasure create mighty changes within the nonprofits we serve.

The crux of SVP’s engaged philanthropy model hinges on the belief that everyone has something to contribute. Our “Partners” expect more from their volunteer engagements – they’re members, donors and volunteers wrapped up in one. SVP leverages these Boulder County philanthropic changemakers, making accessible a powerful brain trust of our community’s sharpest professionals, educators, business owners, entrepreneurs, consultants, community leaders and others in high-skill volunteer assignments with area nonprofits.

“The SVP model accomplishes three things,” says Mark Bouzek, a Partner of SVP Boulder County. “First, it builds capacity within the nonprofits we serve. Second, SVP advances my personal growth by allowing me to transfer my skills and experience from the for-profit world, and by providing the opportunity to learn what’s different in the nonprofit sector. Third, SVP is a great way to jumpstart your network…” Read the full story here.

Hyper-local in our focus, SVP Boulder County is part of a global network of organizations leveraging the SVP venture philanthropy model. Use the map navigation at the top-right corner of this page to see where other SVPs exist (in more than 40+ communities spanning nine countries globally!). And, hear SVP voices from around the world in this video: