WHO WE ARE
SVP Vancouver accelerates the growth and effectiveness of non-profits through a unique venture philanthropy model. We don’t throw money at a problem; we pair funding with much needed skills, training, and expertise, giving nonprofits the tools and resources they need to effectively develop, grow, and deliver their services and programs to the community. This capacity-building expertise comes directly from our Partners. Without their professional skills and knowledge, we simply could not do what we do.
We are people for whom improving our community is part of our life’s journey.
We are entrepreneurs, business professionals, volunteers, parents, community leaders, and engaged philanthropists – a global network of local partners connecting passion and purpose. We take an innovative approach to philanthropy, leveraging our dollars, networks, professional skills and resources to support our Investees. We have found that this “time plus money” approach helps our Investees increase their capacity to deliver positive social impact.
We’re ready to tackle our society’s greatest challenges. Together.
We believe that non-profits face many of the same challenges as new businesses. As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we’ve faced them ourselves. That’s why, in addition to providing capital, we contribute our expertise.
We get to know our Investees – their people, their goals, and their challenges – and we bring all of our professional skills, experience, connections and other resources to help build strong organizations and effective strategies for long-term success.
Most importantly, we believe it can be.
We believe that nothing truly great is accomplished alone. Every person in our network has something to contribute and something to learn. We are never satisfied and we don’t settle. We know we have more to give, and that more needs to be done.
Where others see insurmountable problems. We see potential.
To ensure more children and youth reach their full potential – contributing to a stronger community and a better world.
OUR DUAL MISSION
Through the venture philanthropy model, SVP seeks to effect significant, long-term positive social change in our community by:
Strengthening the organizational capacity of local non-profits by investing time, money, and expertise to help them to scale their impact and become high-performing, sustainable organizations
Encouraging SVP Partners and their families to be well-informed, effective, and engaged philanthropists who inspire others in the community
Established in 2001, SVP Vancouver* has contributed more than $6 million dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to more than 61 non-profits in our community. Local success stories include Take A Hike Youth-at-Risk Foundation, The KidSafe Project, St. James Music Academy, Yo Bro Youth Initiative Society, ONE TO ONE: A Children’s Literacy Program, and many others.
Helping individuals realize greater impact with their giving, building the capacity of non-profits, and investing in collaborative solutions – we make connections that make a difference. Connections that unleash potential.
That’s SVP. A global network of local partners aligning passion and purpose.
OUR GLOBAL NETWORK
SVP is both local and global.
On the one hand, this is philanthropy rooted in your backyard. Our Partners invest money, time and skills in nonprofits that share their immediate community.
One the other hand, our Partners are part of a 3000+ global network of philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and change-makers. They share common ideals, similar struggles, and can tap into a wealth of experience and knowledge through cross-city forums and SVP’s annual conference .
There are nearly 40 SVP network member organizations from Boston to Bangalore (and new ones crop up every year). SVP International is the invisible backbone, the hub that links our member organizations and their Partners, allowing them to convene and learn from one another, while fostering new SVPs throughout the world.
BECOME A PARTNER
You want to put a dent in the world, but you know you’ll only get so far on that journey alone. That’s what SVP is for.
It starts with you. We can’t define the change you’re searching for, but we will help you achieve it. We’ll connect you to the people and organizations that share your passion, and together we will amplify your impact.
If you’d like to meet some of our current Partners, hear about their experience, learn more about SVP’s impact, or become a partner, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
500 – 610 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2V3
You’ll receive a full tax receipt for your contribution. Our team will be in touch as soon as we receive notification of your donation. Thank you!
Social Venture Partners Vancouver and SVP Vancouver are operating names of BC Social Venture Partners Foundation; we are incorporated under the Society Act in British Columbia (S-42026) and a Registered Charity in Canada (#86668 3196 RR0001).
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