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. Now, more than ever, it’s important to maximize your gifts.
Since 2007, SVP Cincinnati has helped individuals make smart and leveraged investments in vetted organizations.
“Investing $1000 through SVP Cincinnati is like writing a check for $4000 because we leverage our financial contribution with many hours of intellectual capital to make a bigger impact.” –Joe Ratterman/ SVP Treasurer
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 grant committees – ensuring that your money is wisely invested.
“It is difficult to be an effective philanthropist by yourself, even if you have the money and the time. But with the pooled resources both in money and in expertise, it is much easier to really make a difference.”- Glenn Bitzenhofer/ Former SVP Chair
Each year, 40-50 SVP Partners gather for a few hours a week over six months 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. On these grant committees Partners:
- Learn about the area they are funding (e.g. education) and about good grant-making practices
- Collectively review letters of inquiry 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. Learn more >>
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.
“One of my favorite things has been being part of the Educational Boot Camps. It’s been really fun to take a topic, study it in depth, and learn about the different possibilities of the community.”- Gloria Lipson/ Founding Partner
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.
“We had the audacious idea that, instead of just throwing money at a nonprofit organization to address its needs, we would throw ourselves into the organization, giving of our time and diverse talents to become a true partner.” –Wijdan Jreisat/ Founding Partner
Hundreds 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.
- Strengthen Local Nonprofits by volunteering their unique professional skills
- Shape SVP by participating on our internal teams