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What We Do

SVP Melbourne brings together a community of engaged philanthropists who want to do more than provide financial support to charitable causes.  We are a vehicle from which individuals can participate in social investment and social entrepreneurship opportunities.  We connect people with causes and in doing so we:

  • help individuals to amplify their giving;
  • fund and strengthen not for profits; and
  • equip our communities to tackle our greatest social challenges.

All partners of SVP Melbourne make a financial contribution currently set at A$5,000 per year.  We ask partners to make a three year commitment at the time of joining.  Using investment due diligence and assessment tools developed by the SVP International Network, we identify not for profits with proven potential for social change to invest in.  The investment is a multi-year financial support plan for the selected not for profit organisation plus contribution of business and professional expertise from partners.  We stay closely involved in our Investee nonprofits throughout our investment term and continually assess the effectiveness of our support.

Starting with one investment in our first year, today SVP Melbourne has helped seven not-for-profit organisations with financial and in-kind support, plus many others with assessments and advice.  That’s over seven innovative, creative and courageous organisations in since working with disadvantaged and marginalised children and young people in Victoria.  Together these organisations reach and assist thousands of Victorian school children, their families and their communities.

SVP Melbourne is committed to leadership development and capacity building of nonprofits and the venture philanthropy sector and through them our communities.  Our partners are both leaders and learners in this journey.  In addition to the hands on work contributed by our partners to not for profits and the sector generally, we host and sponsor events on topics of interest, and advocate on governance and regulatory issues for the sector.