Social Venture Partners


20 Years of Engaged Philanthropy Worldwide

Social Venture Partners is a global philanthropic movement guided by a simple yet powerful idea: As individuals we make a difference, together we change the world. 

SVP is a deeply engaged network of over 40 affiliate organizations in 9 countries, a diverse but united body of more than 3,400 changemakers who have invested over $70 million in their time, talent and resources to 900+ social impact organizations in communities across the world. 

SVP cultivates effective philanthropists, strengthens nonprofits, and invests in collaborative solutions – building powerful relationships to tackle our community’s social challenges. We are global movement of partners working in our communities to create a world where all people have the opportunity to lead productive and meaningful lives.

Drawing the SVP Network together for 15 years, SVP International exists to strengthen, connect and amplify the impact of SVP Affiliate communities by:

Strengthening Affiliates — ensuring that SVP's Guiding Principles are practiced across our network for the greatest possible impact. 

Cultivating Effective Partners — providing learning opportunities and other tools that allow philanthropists to reach their full potential.

Connecting Affiliates & Partners — convening the network to catalyze mutual growth across staff, partners and boards.

Fostering Growth — increasing the number of partners and affiliates worldwide

Influencing the Philanthropic & Social Impact Sectors Globally — leading by example; disseminating our experience and resources to transform sector possibilities worldwide. 

SVP Guiding Principles

Engaged Venture Philanthropy. SVP Partners invest time, expertise and money in nonprofits. They seek collaborative relationships with nonprofits that last for at least three years.

Entrepreneurial Spirit. Partners use innovative approaches to achieve leveraged results in their nonprofit partnerships and communities. They delegate decisions, resources, and authority to those closest to the work.

Philanthropic Education. Partners educate themselves and become informed, effective, lifetime philanthropists. Ongoing individual philanthropy is catalyzed through hands-on experience and education.

Community & Collaborative Action. Partners believe in the power of collective,  multi-stakeholder effort. They encourage and maintain highly participatory, Partner-driven organizations that use non-hierarchical communications and operating practices. SVPs support an open exchange of knowledge and lessons learned.

Mutual Respect. Partners respect the expertise of community nonprofit organizations. They form close working relationships with organizations where Social Venture Partners are mutually vested in the nonprofit’s success.

Accountability & Results. Partners are mutually accountable to each other, their nonprofit investees (grant recipients) and community. They achieve and document measurable results, both in their own work and through their nonprofit partnerships.