When you look around your community, what do you see? Chances are you see some major issues. Schools struggling to make the grade. Wilderness threatened by special interests. Resource strapped nonprofits, every one a David to their particular Goliath. At Social Venture Partners, all we see is potential. There is indeed a chasm between the challenges we face today, and the scale at which we are engaging those challenges. These problems aren’t going to solve themselves. There are no silver bullets. And throwing money at them isn’t going to make them go away. Clearly, no single person has the answer. But what if every single person takes a step in a positive direction? What happens if you take the potential of every individual, connect them directly to the people working on the issues they are passionate about, and challenge them to make a difference? We’ve seen what happens, and the results are transformational. At Social Venture Partners, we’ve been a part of making a difference. It starts with one person ready to engage in the hard work of change. That one person joins many people. Many people stand shoulder-to-shoulder with local nonprofits, taking their vital work – for kids, for families, for the environment – to the next level. Together they help build communities able to solve our most entrenched social and environmental problems.

Why it matters

The problems we face are daunting. They’re complex. It has never been more important to give – your money, your time, your talent – in ways that make the greatest impact.

That’s why we connect those who want to give with people, organizations, and resources that will amplify those gifts.

Through Social Venture Partners, our Partners pool and stretch their dollars, contributing more than they could alone. But that’s just the beginning. After joining SVP, most of our Partners increase their giving even more. They are more strategic, more civically engaged, and many become community leaders – applying much needed resources and skills to solving our community’s most entrenched problems.

Stronger Nonprofits

What if you had a way to help children succeed in school, but didn’t have the time or the skills to share your idea? What if you knew how to package and market an idea, but hadn’t found a meaningful use for that talent? 

These are not hypothetical questions. (We’ve shared the story below.) They’re why Social Venture Partners was founded in the first place: to connect people with diverse skills and shared passion – allowing each to have a greater impact than they could alone.

In partnership with SVP volunteers, our Investees improve human resources policies, financial management, board governance…all that behind-the-scenes work that (when optimized) allows them to fulfill their mission more effectively.

This is just one example. Since 2000, SVP Partners have collectively given more than $3 million and tens of thousands of volunteer hours to 25+ nonprofits. The impact of these investments is illustrated in both in numbers and in more of our Investee’s stories.

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