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 believe that disadvantage can be reduced if resources are used to do more of what works best, and less of what doesn’t. Through our Venture Philanthropy portfolios, SVA brings together funders, partners and ventures to create better social outcomes. We provide philanthropists with an efficient way of identifying and supporting evidence-based organisation and innovative solutions that are effectively addressing some of the most complex problems facing the Australian community.

By working with SVA, funders:

  • Safeguard their philanthropic investment, placing it in experienced, trusted hands
  • Support outstanding social ventures that have been carefully chosen and developed
  • Share learnings about best practice methods for reducing disadvantage
  • Increase their impact through sector-wide collaboration
  • Join a community of like-minded and engaged philanthropists.

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.

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 Impact Report 2016 shares more insights on the results the ventures in our portfolio have achieved. A SVA Venture Philanthropy information brochure is also available.

Our approach

SVA seeks out early stage, innovative models that have high potential to transform how services are delivered and funding. SVA ramp up our support to these ventures as they prove their model and start to scale. Growth stage ventures are beginning to establish themselves and SVA supports them to capitalise on their early success. Critically, as the ventures in the portfolio reach scale stage and become increasingly resilient, they require less ‘hands on’ support and SVA starts 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 portfolios, a national SVA Venture Philanthropy, as well as portfolios for QLD Venture Philanthropy and WA Venture Philanthropy.

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:

David Williams

Executive Director

02 8004 6745


Alison Barry

Associate Director, Partnerships

02 8004 6749


Nicolas Deloux

Associate Director, Partnerships

02 8004 6744