Foster care advocate and nonprofit Connections to Independence (C2i) will receive hundreds of hours of pro bono business consulting and up to $75,000 in grants over three years from Social Venture Partners (SVP). The pro bono hours will focus on building C2i’s capacity to scale and impact more foster teens in the Twin Cities.
“After a highly competitive process, SVP Partners voted to support C2i between now and the end of 2021,” said Ann Herzog-Olson, executive director of SVP. “C2i is fast approaching an exciting point of inflection and SVP Partners are ready to consult with the C2i team to gain even greater impact and reach more teens through new counties in the state and elsewhere. Our partners saw impressive outcomes and strong leadership, and are ready to help C2i advance.”
Jessica Rogers, executive director of C2i says, “The SVP process was not an easy one, but helped us effectively communicate what we do in a more precise way with a big impact. We are so excited to be an SVP Investee and we worked hard to get here. After we were declined by SVP in 2016, our team took the feedback we received and activated it to make sure we were ready for this last grant round. We are thrilled to see what the next three years will bring not only for the C2i team but for youth in foster care locally and hopefully nationally! We are truly humbled and blessed and can’t wait to start working with our SVP consulting team!
C2i’s mission is to provide unique programming and advocacy for foster care youth, ages 15-24, to promote a successful and healthy transition to living independently as they reach adulthood. C2i services are individualized by meeting youth at their level and developing a comprehensive Independent Living Plan that encompasses the youth’s dreams, goal, and aspirations for their life during and after foster care.
SVP has provided well over $9 million in pro bono consulting and nearly $2 million in cash grants to qualifying nonprofits since 2002. This mix of time, grants, and expertise improves impact and sustainability for the nonprofits, while building meaning relationships between SVP Partner donors and the recipient organizations.