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Strengthen Nonprofits

The organizations SVP partners with are tackling some of our society’s most entrenched problems – and they are ready to take their work to the next level.

They’ve recognized ways that their organizations could be stronger, and are working with SVP to make that happen. In any given year, SVP is engaged with 2 to 4 local nonprofits, providing two kinds of support.

Nonprofit Capacity Building

It’s not sexy, but things like sound financial systems, effective board governance, and up-to-date technology can make the difference between serving 200 and 500 kids in need. That’s why we strengthen organizations from the inside out – matching them with volunteer and paid consultants who can help amplify their impact. Learn more >>

Multi-Year, General Operating Support

We believe that change takes time, and that those closest to the work are best equipped to make important decisions. Our Investees’ funds are renewable for 3 years to fund capacity building projects. We ask them to report on results. Learn more >>

How These Fit Together

Strengthen Nonprofits - How These Fit Together

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How We’re Different

Ordering a Cake and Restricting it Too

For the past few months, one of the staff has had an eye that’s been twitching. “It’s this grant!” she says, “it’s for our after-school program. It pays for instructors’ teaching time, but not their planning time! How can they teach when they can’t plan?! How? How?!” “Psst,” I whispered, “let’s talk in the conference room. Since they are dedicated they will plan anyway even without getting paid,”—I paused, looking around—“why don’t you just increase their hourly wages?” “This grant capped the hourly wage, so I can’t pay them more. The other grant might pay for planning time, but they don’t pay for employer taxes! ” Read More »