Strategic philanthropy, with real impact

SVA is the leading practitioner of venture philanthropy in Australia, having pioneered the approach since our establishment in 2002, 15 years ago. Through our venture philanthropy portfolio, 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 organisations and innovative solutions that are effectively addressing some of the most complex problems facing the Australian community.

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

‘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

Benefits of giving through the SVA venture philanthropy portfolio

Our venture philanthropy model provides a strategic approach to giving more effectively. By working with SVA, funders:

  • Safeguard their philanthropic funding, placing it in experienced, trusted hands;
  • Support outstanding social ventures that have been carefully chosen and developed;
  • Enable learnings to be gained and shared on best practice methods for reducing disadvantage;
  • Amplify their impact through sector-wide collaboration; and
  • Join a community of engaged philanthropists.

SVA has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. All donations are tax deductible.

‘Time and time again SVA has demonstrated its capacity to think through challenging social issues, and apply tested and scalable approaches to contribute to the strategic and operational development of high-impact organisations in the non-profit sector.’

Diana Tsui, Head of Global Philanthropy at J.P. Morgan

Over an average partnership period of six years, the ventures in our portfolio achieved:

SVA's 2015 impact

We provide funders with regular progress updates and host events with opportunities to meet other funders and venture partners.

Our approach

SVA seeks out incubation stage, innovative models that have high potential to transform how services are delivered. SVA’s support catalyses their ability to prove their model and strategically focus on how they can have wider impact.

Growth stage ventures are beginning to establish themselves and SVA supports them to capitalise on their early success, and grow the impacts of their model.

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.

How to get involved

SVA’s venture philanthropy portfolio is national in scope, with current venture partnerships in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. The SVA Venture Philanthropy Impact Report 2016 shares more insights on the results the ventures in our portfolio have achieved.

We would love to speak with you about how SVA can support your philanthropic journey. Please get in touch with Alison Barry, Director, Partnerships.

‘The Azure Foundation is proud to be a founding partner of SVA’s venture philanthropy work in Western Australia. We believe the rigour and diligence applied by SVA to the selection of ventures, and the ongoing capacity building it provides is critical to achieving real impact with our funding. It is also a great opportunity to get our staff involved in skilled volunteering.’

Simon Axworthy, Partner, Azure Consulting