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2016 Call for Applications for SVP Funding and Partnership

Who Should Apply?

Social Venture Partners (SVP) seeks to invest financial resources and professional expertise in game-changing nonprofit organizations/initiatives seeking to attack social and economic inequality in Mecklenburg County.

The New SVP Investee(s) will receive:

  • A yearlong engagement of volunteer professional support to work in partnership with the organization to enhance the organization’s effectiveness and ability to fulfill its mission
  • A cash grant for capacity building ($25,000/year)
  • An opportunity to renew for multiple years (three years total)

SVP’s Philosophy and Approach: 

We are a group of experienced, skilled professionals applying a highly engaged approach to philanthropy. Our “investments” follow an innovative philanthropic model that brings our expertise and giving together to extend the reach and improve the success of high potential, growth-minded nonprofits.

To help strengthen the nonprofits with whom we partner, SVP combines our grants with volunteers who can provide strategic counsel. Examples of Partner engagement include, but are not limited to assistance with:

  • strategic and business planning
  • research and program design
  • leadership development
  • marketing and communications
  • finance and revenue development
  • board development and governance
  • human resources
  • outcomes measurement and program evaluation
  • legal
  • information technology.

Over time, our Investees and Partners develop a mutually beneficial partnership. Our Investees gain from the valuable expertise, guidance, and mentorship of our Partners while our Partners gain rich insight into community issues and the nonprofit sector.

Guiding Principles for SVP Investment:

SVP seeks to partner with nonprofit organizations that will benefit from a long-term relationship with SVP, including hands-on engagement with individual members.

While all of our investments are unique, our experience suggests that there are common themes to a successful SVP investment. The nonprofits we invest in will:

  • Be a registered 501c3 organization
  • Address an important social issue that will work to alleviate social and economic inequality
  • Have strong leadership and successful programs or well-formed programmatic plans
  • Find SVP’s investment to be significant
  • Be in need of and committed to incorporating SVP expertise and volunteer support
  • Have commitment and full support from their Board of Directors
  • Be committed to performance and outcomes measurement.

How to Apply:

Please click the green button below to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). There, you will create an account and complete the application form. You can save your progress and make changes until you hit the “submit” button. You will receive an email notification once we have received your application.


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Next Steps and Timeline:

The SVP Investment Team will review all submissions and select 5 – 8 semi-finalists to submit a full proposal to become the next SVP Investee. Semi-finalists will also host a site visit with the SVP Investment Team and staff. Up to two of the semi-finalists will be selected as finalists to be voted on by the entire SVP Partnership.

  • June 1, 2016: Letters of Interest due
  • June 27: Finalists invited to submit Full Proposals
  • July 19: Full Proposals due
  • July 20 – Aug 19: Site visits
  • August 31: Finalists presented to SVP Partners
  • September: SVP due diligence session Partner vote
  • October: Investee engagement begins