A Summit for All


Social Venture Partners enters its 21st year of engaged philanthropy in 2018, marking two decades of cultivating effective philanthropists, funding and strengthening nonprofits, and investing in collaborative solutions to our world's most pressing social and environmental challenges. 

Each year, our global network convenes to share emerging best practices, examine smarter approaches, and challenge our movement to greater equitability and impact. We renew our commitment to become more impactful philanthropists, more deeply understand our communities of need, and build upon the connections that define our work to make lasting, transformational change in the world.

Hosted in collaboration with SVP Chicago and Loyola University’s Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility, the 2018 Global Summit brings together Social Venture Partners, board leaders, affiliate staff, philanthropic and social benefit organizations from around the world.

Whether you've never been to an SVP global gathering or have witnessed the power of every annual conference, you are welcome here. No other event in 2018 will offer you a better opportunity to expand your knowledge, contribute your expertise, connect with — and grow — the world's largest engaged philanthropic network. Learn more about SVP


Pre-Summit Leadership Sessions

A dedicated day of sessions for SVP Staff, Board Leaders and Lead Partners. Morning sessions will be spent in stakeholder groups to address relevant emerging topics. The afternoon will focus on an interactive, combined session to explore broad-reaching questions about our network and the future of our movement.


Welcome Reception

Where the Chicago River meets Michigan Avenue, nestled within the flying buttresses of the Tribune Tower’s 25th floor, The Crown is one of Chicago’s most popular special event venues. Gather for appetizers and hosted beverage service with a stunning 360-degree views of the Chicago skyline!

Keynote Speakers

Social change agent Dr. Gail C. Christopher, former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation will open the Summit. Chuck Collins is an organizer, storyteller, agitator, author and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he works on issues of wealth inequality, community resilience building, and the transition to a new economy. 

Learn more about them.


Tracks & Sessions

The summit will offer 20 breakout sessions this year, composing 5 core tracks focused on topics SVP Partners and Staff have identified as central to our work: Impact InvestingCapacity-Building, Equity & Social Justice, Community Impact and Strategic Philanthropy.

Learn more about tracks and sessions.


World Café

An SVP-Style Happy Hour.  A conversational group knowledge exchange, this hosted “Shift & Share” discussion session will tackle critical topics emerging in SVP and the philanthropic sector, and create vital opportunities to engage partner expertise across the global network.



Back by popular demand, these small, reserved group outings to Chicago dining hotspots are organized among network peers. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to connect over a meal with your partners in change from across the globe!