We have more to give. Together.
The individuals who join SVP want to leave their mark on the world, to take their giving to a new level. Through SVP you can…
Pool and Stretch Your Dollars
In a sluggish economy, funding for nonprofits shrinks as demand for their services expands. Effective nonprofits need to develop sustainable operations with lower reliance on government grants. Now, more than ever, it’s important to maximize your gifts and you can do this through SVP.
SVP helps individuals make smart and leveraged investments in vetted nonprofit organizations. We currently contribute $75,000 to our nonprofit investees over a three-year investment period – far more than most partners could give alone. And that money will be leveraged by the many hours our partners spend working alongside our investees to build their organizational capacity.
Invest in Vetted Nonprofits
There are thousands of nonprofits. How do you decide which ones to fund?
At SVP you don’t have to make that decision on your own. Whether or not you participate directly, you benefit from the careful selection and reviews carried out by SVP investment committees – ensuring that your money is wisely invested.
Each year, 10-14 partners work together over a six-month period to select the organizations that SVP will fund. These committees are looking for nonprofits that are having a great impact in our community, and are poised to take their work to the next level. Partners serving on the investment committee:
- Learn about the area they are funding (e.g. education) and about good grantmaking practices
- Collectively review letters of interest and proposals, debating the merits of each organization
- Visit those organizations, meeting staff and board members, and witnessing their work first-hand
- Select one or two organizations to fund
Partners consistently say that participating on an investment committee is one of the most rewarding experiences at SVP, and some continue on to oversee our entire portfolio of investees.
Volunteer Your Time and Talent
How do you want to approach philanthropy? If you’re reading this, it probably means you want to do more than give money. You want to roll up your sleeves and dig in. And you’re not alone.
Thousands of SVP partners throughout our international network are working shoulder to shoulder with nonprofits and each other to achieve the change they want to see in their communities. Our partners strengthen local nonprofits by volunteering their unique professional skills to build the nonprofits’ capacity and their potential for creating positive impact on the community.
Engage in Shared Learning
Should I make a few large donations, or lots of small ones? Where can I find nonprofits that are focused on the issues I care about? How do I align my giving with my values?
These are just a few of the questions that SVP partners bring to the table, and through a series of seminars, discussion groups, workshops, and one-to-one meetings SVP helps tackle them. Our goal? Partners connect with people who share their passion and walk away with the tools they need to make the greatest impact with their giving.
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