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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. Effective nonprofits need to develop sustainable operations with lower reliance on government grants.  Now, more than ever, it’s important to maximize your gifts and you can do this through SVP.

Since 2014, SVP Melbourne has been helping individuals make smart and leveraged investments in vetted organisations.  Each year our SVP Partners consider applications from nonprofit organisations for our three year investment program – a far bigger investment than most could give alone. And the investment social impact is stretched even farther by the many volunteer hours given to investee’s by SVP Partners.

The amount contributed by SVP Partners multiplies when looking across SVP’s international network. Since SVP’s inception, Partners in 30 different cities have collectively given more than US$49 million and countless volunteer hours.


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 the SVP Melbourne Investment Committee – ensuring that your money is wisely invested.

The Investment Committee meets to select the organisations that SVP fund.  We look for nonprofits that are having a great impact in our community, and are poised to take their work to the next level. On the Investment Committee Partners:

  • Learn about the area they are funding (e.g. children and families ) and about good grant making practices and investment due diligence
  • Collectively review letters of inquiry and proposals, debating the merits of each organisation
  • Visit those organisations, meeting staff and board members, and witnessing their work first-hand
  • Select one organisations to fund

Partners say that participating on the Investment Committee is one of the most rewarding experiences at SVP, and some continue on to oversee the SVP entire portfolio of Investee’s.

If you would like to join the Investment Committee please contact Committee Chair, Wayne Saunders, at investment@svpmelbourne.org.au.

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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.

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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:

Are you interested in volunteering? Let us know what interests you on contact@svpmelbourne.org.au.