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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 1997, SVP has helped individuals make smart and leveraged investments in vetted organizations. Over the years, SVP’s global Partners have collectively given more than $70 million to 900+ nonprofits worldwide – far more than most could give alone. And that money was stretched farther by the tens of thousands of volunteer hours and strategic support given by SVP Partners.


Invest in Vetted Nonprofits

There are thousands of nonprofits. How do you decide which ones to fund?

As a SVP Partner, 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 the Investment Committee – ensuring that your money is wisely invested.

Each year, the SVP Connecticut Investment Committee gathers over several months to select the organizations that the chapter will fund. This committee is looking for nonprofits that are having a great impact in our community and are poised to take their work to the next level and that align with our focus of closing the Opportunity Gap in Connecticut.

Partners who are on the Investment Committee:

  • Learn about the nonprofit landscape in Connecticut and about good grantmaking practices
  • Collectively review applications, debating the merits of each organization
  • Visit those organizations, meeting staff and board members, and witnessing their work first-hand
  • Evaluate the organizations that have completed all of the steps in the grant application process
  • Vote to decide the organizations that the chapter will fund

Partners consistently say that participating in the investment process is one of the most rewarding experiences at SVP.


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 variety of educational opportunities such as seminars, discussion groups, site visits, and events hosted by our Investees, 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.


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.

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.

Our Partners:

  • Strengthen local nonprofits by volunteering their unique professional skills
  • Shape SVP Connecticut by developing and building our own internal capacity.