SVP Boulder County harnesses the collective power of nonprofits and philanthropic changemakers to accelerate community impact.
The SVP model was created in 1997, in Seattle, under the inspiration and vision of Paul Brainerd, Aldus Corporation founder and president. Additional founding members include Scott Oki, Ida Cole, Bill Neukom, and Doug and Maggie Walker.
The vision of the founders was to build a philanthropic community using a model that paralleled venture capital practices. This model is known throughout the industry as venture philanthropy or high-engagement philanthropy. Key tenets to this approach of philanthropy include: Long-term, highly engaged investments of money, resources, and business expertise to develop the capacity and sustainability of local non-profits (or, "investees").
As interest in this new investment approach to philanthropy grew, SVP organizations began developing throughout North America and by 2001, the SVP Network was formed for serve the interests of its member organizations. SVP Boulder County was founded in September of 2000.
The SVP Network is a membership organization that promotes the development of new SVP affiliates, collects, documents, and disseminates best practices, and serves as the informational clearinghouse for resources to help SVP member organizations with every step in their growth, from inception, to Partner retention and engagement to capacity building with investees, and tool and skill-building. The Network Office manages the SVP Salesforce database, the SVP wordpress website, SVP Connect (the Confluence intranet), marketing collateral, houses voluminous resources, and leads network-wide initiatives. The SVP Network Office also leads an annual network conference in the fall and an annual meeting in the spring.
Currently there are 40+ member organization throughout the world.
Social Venture Partners Boulder County believes that strong nonprofit deliver better results. So, we invest capacity building efforts (the development of core skills, management practice, strategies, and systems) in local nonprofit organizations, nonprofit staff and volunteer leaders, and givers/philanthropists. We build relationships and create a network that can solve community problems together.
SVP Boulder County serves organizations and people primarily acting within Boulder County.
"Without the SVP discipline of an integrated work plan, we probably never would have opened our doors in August." Andy Minden, Boulder Treasures
"The breadth and depth of organizational expertise that SVP brings is first rate!" Jim Rianoshek, Boulder County CareConnect
"Getting the concrete and moral support from SVP Partners helped give me a can-do attitude." Lee Shainis, Intercambio Uniting Communitiies
"I've gotten to learn more about the nonprofit world, and have found SVP's people interesting, incredibly smart, and dedicated." Vicky Johns, member
"My favorite part has been the education available, and the chance to be a part of the striving for excellence that saturates SVP." Lester Wall, member
"In my short tenure, SVP has stayed on track with investee commitments while adding new programs and re-envisioning a path for long-term organizational sustainability." Kyle Kuczun, member