Strategic philanthropy, with real impact

‘SVA has already made a huge contribution to the non-profit sector. The focus on achieving outcomes and being willing to innovate sets a standard I would love to see practised more widely. SVA has rightfully become a market leader for intelligent philanthropists.’

Robin Crawford – Founding Director, Macquarie Bank and SVA supporter

SVA’s model of venture philanthropy works to test and support innovative ideas, programs and technologies that can be integrated into the social service system to create impact at scale.

We provide philanthropists with an efficient way of identifying and supporting organisations that are effectively addressing the most challenging social issues facing Australia today.

SVA’s strategic guidance increases a venture’s chances of success and delivers a greater social return on investment. Funders can also boost their effectiveness by linking, learning and acting with others.

In 2015, over an average partnership period of six years, the ventures in our portfolio had achieved:

SVA's 2015 impact

SVA is committed to building a community of engaged philanthropists. Our collaborative work is only possible through the generous support of corporates and foundations, individual philanthropists, government partners and pro bono suppliers.

SVA provides funders with regular progress reports and hosts events with opportunities to meet other donors and venture partners.

SVA has Deductible Gift Recipient status, as such all donations are tax deductible.

The SVA Venture Philanthropy Fund Impact Report 2015 shares more insights on the results the ventures in our portfolio have achieved.

Our approach

In the early years of a partnership, we ramp up our support to a venture as they prove their model and start to scale. But critically, as the ventures in the portfolio become increasingly resilient, we start to step back.

Our collaborative approach and ability to draw lessons from across our portfolio make us uniquely placed to tackle disadvantage in Australia.

SVA Venture Philanthropy model

Pro bono support

Business support alongside cash investment is one of the most critical differences between venture philanthropy and other types of giving. It develops the capacity of the venture to have a sustainable and long term impact. SVA has an extensive network of pro bono partners who provide invaluable support through their skills and time to our portfolio of ventures.

Brokered by SVA through their participation of the SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection, Merrylands East Public School (MEPS), a primary school in Sydney’s western suburbs has formed a unique relationship with leading software company Atlassian.

This video charmingly shares the benefits both sides of a pro bono partnership can experience.


One day I might even work for Atlassian because this experience just changed my future!

Geetnash, MEPS student

How to get involved

SVA manages three venture philanthropy funds, a national SVA Venture Philanthropy Fund, QLD Venture Philanthropy Fund and WA Venture Philanthropy Fund.

We would love to speak with you about how SVA’s managed portfolio of high performing ventures could support your philanthropic journey.

Please get in touch with one of our Partnerships team members:

To make contact or donate:

Jenna Palumbo

Director, Western Australia


M 0466 262 923


Alison Barry

Associate Director, Partnerships


T 02 8004 6749


Nicolas Deloux

Associate Director, Partnerships


T 02 8004 6744


Ferdi Hepworth

Director, Partnerships


T 03 8688 0017


‘We see how SVA’s hands-on management support coupled with its strong links to the corporate world enable it to link its venture partners with funders and networks of pro bono supporters and in doing so effect greater change for the people they help.

We support SVA with the knowledge that our investment will be leveraged and multiplied across the organisations SVA works with, and more broadly with the non-profit sector’.

Helen Liondos, AMP Foundation Manager