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Social Venture Partners Selects Women Helping Women as Next Investee

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 Social Venture Partners Selects Women Helping Women as Next Investee

Nonprofit to receive $60,000 plus hands-on consulting over three years


CINCINNATI (November 13, 2019) – Social Venture Partners Cincinnati (SVP) has selected nonprofit Women Helping Women as its newest recipient of grant funds and professional consulting.

Founded in 1973, Women Helping Women (WHW) prevents gender-based violence and empowers all survivors. WHW provides evidence-based prevention and expert crisis intervention and support services for survivors of dating violence, sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking in Hamilton, Butler, Brown and Adams counties in Ohio. WHW promotes diversity and inclusion as core operating values and serves more than 12,000 clients annually.

WHW will receive $60,000 over three years from SVP, which uniquely augments those investor dollars with the skills and talent of its members to support investee organizations. SVP’s professional partners/members will donate to WHW hundreds of hours of consulting in finance, marketing, management and governance, among other fields.

WHW was selected through a competitive process that included a written application, site visits and a presentation to SVP member partners.

“It was Women Helping Women’s vision and the opportunities for collaboration that attracted our partners,” said Carrie Johnson, Board Chair of SVP. “We focus on social innovation at SVP and Women Helping Women’s approach to preventing gender-based violence and empowering all survivors is truly unique.”

SVP partner Tanya Kleindienst will lead the coordination of SVP resources with WHW. “We at SVP also believe that a world without gender-based violence is possible and that all members of our caring community can live in a world of equality, health and vitality,” Kleindienst said. “We are excited to partner with Women Helping Women to build capacity and supplement their already impressive growth.”

Kristin Shrimplin, WHW’s President & CEO, echoed the sentiment. “Women Helping Women and SVP both believe in a vision of a stronger and more vibrant community,” she said. “Women Helping Women knows that we can scale innovative solutions through collaboration and a steadfast commitment to inclusion and responsiveness. With SVP’s expertise and resources combined with Women Helping Women’s strength in prevention and responsiveness to gender-based violence, we will collectively narrow the chasm between community issues and viable solutions. No one in our region should ever experience gender-based violence and have to navigate support on their own. We look forward to SVP’s investment and partnership. Together our region will be stronger than gender-based violence ever could be.”

Since its inception in 2007, SVP Cincinnati has invested more than $2 million in grants and in-kind support to 10 local nonprofits: the Civic Garden Center, Gorman Heritage Farm, Imago for the Earth, Whole Again, Family Nurturing Center, Lawn Life, Skyward – LiveWell NKY, ChangingGears, Corporation for Findlay Market and MORTAR.

About SVP

Social Venture Partners is Greater Cincinnati’s home for engaged philanthropists. We are the only local funder that goes beyond giving money alone, pairing grant making with hands-on, in-depth coaching, training and guidance for nonprofits that want to help people reach their full potential. Our purpose is simple: to enable our investees to make our region a stronger and more vibrant community.

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For more information or to add your time and resources to SVP Cincinnati, contact Lauren LaCerda Merten, Executive Director, at 513-458-6715 or by email at lauren@svpcincinnati.org.

About Women Helping Women

Women Helping Women (WHW) is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1973 to serve survivors of dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Southwestern Ohio. WHW empowers all survivors (including men and gender non-conforming) by providing 24/7 crisis intervention, advocacy, support, and options for safety. Crisis intervention services include: hotline, advocate on-scene response with the police, hospital accompaniment, court advocacy, support groups, therapy, and face-to-face advocacy for survivors. WHW also promotes and provides innovative prevention programming at schools, in the community and in the workplace. Funded in part by the United Way, WHW serves more than 12,000 people, including survivors and their children, annually.   For more information, visit www.womenhelpingwomen.org.