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All We See is Potential.

Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region is a philanthropic organization, but we do more than give away money.

SVP Partners and 2019 Investee Reception House staff smile for a photoWe work with and connect a network of engaged community members with local charities, and these leaders invest their time, money, and professional expertise into local charities, helping them build their capacity over partnerships that last up to three years. We also support the broader charitable sector through skills-building programs like Perfect Pitch, SVP Teens, and our lunch workshop series.

Through venture philanthropy, we seek to effect significant, long-term social change in Waterloo Region.


Learn more about our mission and vision here.

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    When we asked current and past Lead Partners about what they gained from volunteering, the answer often came back to the learning experience; specifically, being able to get an intimate perspective of the needs and challenges of a charity and those they serve in the community. Read More »

    With refugee intake on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the past few months have been far from normal for Reception House. Hear more about how the organization has adapted to meet the changing needs of newcomers in Waterloo Region as well as how our partners have worked with their team to reflect on strategic priorities in our Summer 2020 Investee Update. Read More »

    Adapting to the times and continuing to make significant progress through the COVID-19 pandemic, our Investee partnership with Carizon Family and Community Services remains strong. Learn more about what our partners have been working on with the Carizon team and what's ahead in our Summer 2020 Investee Update. Read More »

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    September 24 @ 7:00 pm

    This spring, we polled the partnership to see what topics Partners would be interested in learning about, and people expressed an interest in learning about the impact of opioid abuse in our community. We've assembled a stellar panel of community leaders from a range of experiences, and hope you can join us (virtually) on Sept. 24!