Case Study Sector
Social Venture Partners (SVP) is an international network of 2,000 dedicated individuals who contribute their money and their skills to improve their communities. Since its formation in 1997, the SVP network has contributed more than $32.2 million in grant investments to 335 nonprofit organizations and provided thousands of volunteer hours in service and counsel. Today, there are 24 Social Venture Partners organizations in the United States, Canada, and Japan.
The shared mission of SVPs is two-fold:
- Philanthropy development: Creating communities of lifelong, informed, and inspired philanthropists. SVP Partners are individuals who make meaningful contributions to nonprofit organizations by sharing their skills, time, and financial resources.
- Capacity building: Making strategic investments that build long-term capacity for nonprofits so they can better fill their missions. SVP Investees are nonprofit organizations that seek new resources and innovative approaches for addressing a variety of issues, including education, environmental protection, and youth development. Capacity building investments focus on increasing the ability of each Investee to achieve its mission and include cash grants, skilled volunteers, professional consultants, leadership development, and management training opportunities.
In order to assess SVP’s effectiveness in its mission, in 2004 Social Venture Partners International convened a team of partners and staff, led by Blueprint Research and Design, to identify the key outcomes in both philanthropy development and capacity building. This report shares the findings from data collected in 2009 regarding the philanthropy development outcomes, and the comparison of that data with data collected in 2007. The quantitative survey used to capture the data focuses on three outcomes:
- Changes in how much partners give
- Changes in how partners give
- Changes in partners' involvement in their communities
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