We support maximum impact

We have deep experience working with, and within, social purpose organisations which means we understand how to navigate constrained and fragmented funding, as well as the importance of evidence and capacity building.

Our venture philanthropy approach provides venture partners with the full package of support they need to focus on driving outcomes.

A venture philanthropy partnership with SVA provides multi-year customised support that focusses on driving and improving outcomes, and includes:

 

SVA support

What does SVA look for in a venture partner?

  • Potential for significant impact;
  • Innovative solutions to overcoming disadvantage in education, employment, housing and/or with First Australians;
  • Strong engagement with their beneficiaries, and understanding of their needs;
  • Strong and stable leadership with a drive for continuous improvement;
  • Clear strategy for achieving a vision;
  • Commitment to building an evidence base and sharing learnings; and
  • Enthusiasm to work in partnership with SVA, our partners and fellow ventures.

Benefits of being part of the SVA venture philanthropy portfolio

  • Capacity building and strategic support for the leadership team
  • Support to prove and improve impact by building an evidence base
  • Support from industry leading pro bono partners
  • Access to deep knowledge, and ability to share learnings with SVA, portfolio partners, social sector and government

 

‘The relationship with SVA will help us to plan for many good things to happen in the community and reciprocally, we can provide knowledge and support to SVA that will help them and their partners to work with other communities like ours to bring about long-term positive benefits.’ 

June Oscar AO, CEO, Marninwarntikura, Venture in the portfolio

 

Over an average partnership period of six years, the ventures in our portfolio achieve an average annual growth in beneficiaries of 50% and an average annual growth in turnover of 40%.

 

‘Without SVA being hands on in the trenches with us – helping to build our credibility externally, whilst shaping our operations internally – we simply would never have got to where we are.’

Jack Manning Bancroft, CEO, AIME, Venture alumni

 

The SVA Venture Philanthropy Impact Report 2016 shares more insights on the results the ventures in our portfolio have achieved.

Contact us

SVA’s venture philanthropy portfolio is national in scope, with current venture partnerships in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

If you are an organisation interested in partnering with SVA and finding out more about how to join our venture philanthropy portfolio, we invite you to complete this contact form. Organisations must have DGR status.

Resources for ventures

Training/support opportunities

  • Our Community: Platform for providing not-for-profits with links to advice, tools, resources and training
  • Social Traders: Supporting the social enterprise sector through awareness raising events, training, and investment and social procurement opportunities
  • Changemakers: Network of social innovators and programs around the world with competitions and resources
  • Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF): Provides scholarships to directors and staff of not-for-profits for executive management, mentoring and training programs
  • Centre for Social Impact: Research, training and advocacy for the social sector
  • Pro Bono Australia: News and resources for the social and non-profit sector in Australia as well as database of non-profit suppliers and charities across Australia
  • Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS): Sector peak that offers a wide range of training, resources and support
  • Foundation for Young Australians: Support for young entrepreneurs and social change makers
  • Justice Connect, Not-for-Profit law: Legal advice, information and training for not-for-profits
  • OneVentures: One of Australia’s leading venture capital firms
  • SERT: Social Enterprise Reporting Tool

Funding/grant opportunities

Collaborative funding/giving networks

  • 100 Women: Collaborative giving group focussed on supporting non-profit organisations that help women and girls
  • The Funding Network: Hosts collective giving events to support local organisations
  • Meridian Global Foundation: Collective giving network supporting Perth-based organisations
  • Impact 100: Collaborative giving group that provides pooled funding to non-profit organisations in WA (with equivalent groups in NSW, SA and VIC).
  • 10×10: National crowd funding for grassroots charities

Investment opportunities

Crowdfunding platforms