We are SVP Toronto and we believe the venture philanthropy model enables progressively minded philanthropists looking to not only give, but to also directly engage with innovative and progressive nonprofit organizations who work to catalyze significant long- term social change in our local community.
We are people in leadership roles and with recognized significant expertise in one or more domains who come from various sectors, industries and professions for whom improving our community is part of our life’s journey – In a world where cash grants and donations are decreasing, we are also interested in making philanthropy more effective by working with a more innovative model which goes far beyond tossing a cheque over the fence. For starters, we offer our applicants expertise in addition to funding and look for investees that have identified a need for both to get to the next level. In our approach, we work collaboratively, respect the principle of mutuality, and take a deep, systems-based, longer-term and financially sustainable view of what it takes to solve social, environmental or economic problems.
In the process, we make new friends, and learn to apply this progressive approach to philantropy as well as gain an informed, deeper understanding of social issues, the nonprofit sector, and the organizations and people in that space who work full time to solve them. All this in turn, helps us understand how to become better philanthropists.
Better philanthropists. Better philanthropy. Better World.
We believe that nothing truly great is accomplished alone. Every person in our network has something to teach and something to learn. And SVP provides a framework in which your potential and desires to be an change maker can be realized.
Do good, better!