While faced with an ever-increasing demand for their services, the nonprofit sector experienced an overall disruption to their program delivery, operations, and typically predictable income streams during the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacted their ability to sustain their staff and deliver services to our community’s most vulnerable groups. This has included at-risk children and youth and their families, who have been among the hardest hit by the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 shutdowns and stay-at-home orders.
On March 26, 2020, SVP launched a COVID-19 Capacity Response Fund to address the needs of current and alumni SVP Investees. SVP Partners responded, and in just one week we successfully raised $100,000. Within three weeks, we raised a total of $156,481. After a brief application period, we distributed these funds in the form of grants up to $10,000 to 16 organizations:
- Backpack Buddies
- Down Syndrome Resource Foundation
- Environmental Youth Alliance
- Fresh Roots
- Growing Chefs!
- Kinbrace Community Society
- Learning Disabilities Society
- Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative Society
- Red Fox Healthy Living Society
- The Asante Centre
- Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative
- Zero Ceiling Society
SVP Investees have also tapped into our Partner- and staff-led programming to shore up their operations, secure funds, and find innovative ways to deliver their services as they tackle both the immediate and long-term impacts of COVID-19. Our Fundraising, Impact Evaluation, and IT capacity building services have been particularly valuable throughout the pandemic as Investees seek to develop new fundraising streams, adjust their programming to remain impactful and relevant, and move their services and operations online. Partners and staff have led town hall sessions, webinars, and direct consults to help address Investee needs.
Says Down Syndrome Resource Foundation CEO Wayne Leslie, “SVP continues to be one of the most active and valuable partners we have. I have long been happy that we connected with SVP, but never more so than during the crisis. Thanks again for your support and that of others on your team and among your Partners.”