We understand the problem

We understand the barriers facing social purpose organisations. Constrained and fragmented funding, and limited support for capacity building or evaluation compound the already complex work of the sector.

Our approach to venture philanthropy overcomes these hurdles by providing venture partners with the strategic funding and support they need to focus on driving their desired outcomes.


SVA support

SVA invests in a portfolio of outstanding venture partners, both stand-alone organisations and collaborations between SVA and other partners.

What does SVA look for in a venture?

  • Strong and stable leadership with a drive for continuous improvement
  • A clear and realistic strategy with early results and
  • Commitment to building an evidence base and sharing learning.

We support small organisations with the potential for significant impact across different stages of growth. We look for ventures developing innovative solutions to overcoming disadvantage in education, employment, housing and with First Australians. We identify outstanding social ventures and projects and include them in our portfolio after rigorous due diligence. We take thoughtful risks to find what works best to solve social challenges. SVA is committed to using evidence to drive transformational social change.

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

The SVA Venture Philanthropy portfolio currently supports 15 ventures.

For more information on each of our ventures visit our Venture Philanthropy Services.

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.

Venture eligibility

  • Organisations must have DGR status

In addition, we are particularly interested in organisations that:

  • Are tackling pressing social issues and have the potential to deliver or influence systemic social change
  • Have strong and stable leadership with a drive for continuous improvement
  • Have a clear and realistic strategy to achieve their vision
  • Share our commitment for building an evidence base and sharing learning
  • Are enthusiastic to work in partnership with SVA, our partners and fellow ventures

Make Contact

SVA manages three venture philanthropy portfolios, a national SVA Venture Philanthropy portfolio, as well as portfolios for QLD Venture Philanthropy and WA Venture Philanthropy.

We welcome you contacting one of our Venture Philanthropy team members if you are interested in partnering with SVA and joining one of our Venture Philanthropy portfolios.


*OECD PISA 2009 Data Challenges for Australian Education.
**Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations, Labour Market and Related Payments, November, 2015.

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, investment opportunities and social procurement opportunities
  • Changemakers: Network of social innovators and programs around the world with competitions and resources
  • Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF): ASF provides scholarships to directors and staff of NFPs 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
  • Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS): Sector peak that offers a wide range of training, resources and support

Funding/grant opportunities

Collaborative funding/giving networks

  • 100 Women: Collaborative giving group focussed on supporting non-profit organisations that help women and girls
  • Impact 100 Fremantle: Collaborative giving group focussed on supporting non-profit organisations working in Fremantle
  • The Funding Network: Hosts collective giving events to support local organisations
  • Meridien Foundation Giving Circle: Collective giving network supporting Perth-based organisations
  • Impact 100: Collaborative giving group that provides pooled funding to non-profit organisations in WA

Investment opportunities

  • SVA Social Impact Fund: Provides loan or equity investments of between $150,000 and $1m to social enterprises
  • SEFA: Lending and impact investing in social enterprises
  • Foresters: Provides loans to social enterprises and non-profit organisations to grow and develop
  • Indigenous Enterprise Development Funding: Provides loan/grant packages to support Indigenous enterprises across Australia with start-up and expansion costs
  • Many Rivers: Microfinance company supporting micro-enterprises in Australia with access to finance
  • Innovation Bay: Provides seed funding to technology start-ups

Crowdfunding platforms