SVA pioneering venture philanthropy in Queensland

The Queensland Venture Philanthropy portfolio helps social purpose organisations in Queensland to become stronger, more sustainable and more impactful. The portfolio provides ventures with the strategic funding and hands-on support to build their capacity and deliver more sustainable impact, at scale.

SVA is committed to using evidence to drive systemic change. We conduct thorough research and work closely with our local partners and Queensland Advisory Committee to identify and support high impact venture partners. We measure and report on the outcomes generated to build an evidence base of what works.

Our vision for the Queensland Venture Philanthropy portfolio is an engaged community of philanthropists, pro bono and venture partners working together to tackle the most pressing social issues in Queensland.

We invite you to be part of this community.

To donate, or for more information, contact:

Dina Jak, Queensland Venture Philanthropy Manager
M 0402 385 430

Download the QLD Venture Philanthropy Fund brochure (PDF, 371KB)

Download the QLD Venture Philanthropy Fund contribution form (PDF, 355KB)

Mimi’s House joins Queensland Venture Philanthropy portfolio

Mimi’s House supports primary school aged children at risk of falling out of the school system in the Moreton Bay Region.

Mimi’s House joins Queensland Venture Philanthropy portfolio

Mimi’s House, a program of Hope Centre Services, provides a child centred, early intervention support service for children aged five to 10 years dealing with challenging home environments, with a high proportion (>50%) from Indigenous or Pacific Islander backgrounds.

Through a structured mentoring and nurturing program, Mimi’s House equips these children with the skills to manage stress and emotions, to enable them to engage in school/learning and improve educational attainment. The primary aim is to break the cycle of welfare dependency by giving them hope and life aspirations.

SVA is supporting Mimi’s House to expand their services; test and prove their model; build the evidence base around outcomes and pending positive outcomes, potentially replicate the model into other disadvantaged communities. Read more.


Vanguard Laundry Services

Vanguard Laundry Services is a commercial laundry creating employment opportunities for people previously excluded from the workforce, predominately due to mental health conditions.

Vanguard Laundry Services

Vanguard Laundry Services is an innovative social enterprise launched by the Toowoomba Clubhouse, based in Toowoomba, Queensland. Through its in-house Career Development Centre, the laundry supports disadvantaged jobseekers into sustainable career opportunities with local employers, and provide training and career development. To date, the laundry has hired 23 long term unemployed people with a mental health condition and provided 10 people with career development pathway support.

SVA’s support will be focused on developing a financially sustainable business for Vanguard Laundry with scope for replication and further scaling to take advantage of social procurement opportunities. Read more.


Wings to Fly

The Wings to Fly program, is a Queensland social venture aimed at improving the social and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-5 years, including vulnerable and traumatised children.

Wings to Fly

The Pathways to Resilience’ (PTR) Wings to Fly (Wings) program uses a strengths-based, neuro-science informed approach to its critical conversations and reflections to enhance early years’ professionals practice in the area of social and emotional wellbeing.

Wings provides early years’ professionals with the skills and capacity to enhance outcomes for children by better understanding the social and emotional needs of children, and the impact that trauma has on brain development. SVA’s venture philanthropy support will provide funding of $220k p.a. over three years to enable Wings to prove and improve its business model and grow its business, focusing specifically on South East Queensland. With a strong Knowledge Partnership with Griffith University, PTR will collaborate with SVA and the University to test the efficacy of the Wings program. SVA will also support Wings to use this evidence base and work towards seeking potential government program adoption. Read more.


Information for funders & partners

Partnership characteristics

The QLD Venture Philanthropy portfolio provides a powerful and effective way for philanthropists and pro-bono partners to support high impact organisations and drive social change in Queensland.

SVA applies a strategic and structured approach to identifying and supporting ventures that includes a thorough due diligence and selection process, hands-on capacity building and regular outcome focused reporting.

Supporters of the portfolio have opportunities to engage with a community of like-minded, strategic philanthropists, while learning more about Queensland’s social issues and taking action towards addressing them.

SVA as a partner

  • SVA is the leading venture philanthropy organisation in Australia and has pioneered this approach since 2002. We have invested more than $50 million of funding and support to social ventures
  • SVA’s staff are passionate and highly experienced professionals from the social sector and corporate world, including investment bankers, consultants, accountants, lawyers, marketing experts and business managers
  • SVA can draw on its internal advisory and impact investing teams to develop strategic plans, measurement frameworks, and as appropriate, take on repayable capital
  • SVA has a strong network of highly skilled pro-bono professionals to assist organisations with areas such as marketing, finance, HR, strategy and mentoring

Supporting the QLD Venture Philanthropy Fund

If you are interested in partnering with SVA to drive social change in Queensland, please contact Dina Jak


M 0402 385 430

In addition to funding, we are also seeking non-financial support through:

  • Mentors with significant business experience to mentor members of our ventures’ leadership teams
  • Pro bono partners who are willing to offer professional services to venture organisations

Information for Ventures

Partnership characteristics

All too often, social innovators lack the money, skills and support they need to tackle some of our most intractable social problems.

The QLD Venture Philanthropy portfolio supports high potential non-profit organisations and social enterprises with strategic funding and hands-on support to build their capacity and impact. This includes:

  • Multi-year funding and capacity building support
  • Access to a network of pro bono partners for support with accounting, legal, marketing, PR, etc.
  • Support with impact measurement and reporting on outcomes
  • Access to SVA’s consulting and impact investing teams as appropriate

Through our partnerships with Ventures, we seek to:

  • Deliver measurable outcomes for vulnerable Queenslanders
  • Contribute to the evidence base of effective practice
  • Build resilient organisations with sustainable revenue sources
  • Influence policy and funding decisions to ensure the most effective services reach those in need.

Eligibility criteria

  • Organisations must be based in QLD and supporting Queensland beneficiaries
  • Organisations must have DGR status

In addition, we are particularly interested in organisations that:

  • Are tackling pressing social issues in QLD and have the potential to deliver or influence systemic 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

We welcome organisations that are interested in partnering with SVA and joining the QLD Venture Philanthropy Fund portfolio to contact Dina Jak.