• Australian Philanthropic Services graduates from Social Ventures Australia

    Australian Philanthropic Services (APS), a non-profit organisation that inspires and supports philanthropy, became independent of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) on 1 July. This was a planned move, reflecting the growth and success of APS.

  • Social Ventures Australia welcomes Michael Lynch as Executive Director, Impact Investing

    Based in Sydney, Michael will lead and build SVA’s fast-growing Impact Investing practice across a diverse range of investments, delivering both social impact and financial returns.

  • SVA venture philanthropy to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of young children in Queensland

    Social Ventures Australia announces a new partnership with Pathways to Resilience’ Wings to Fly (Wings) program, a social venture aimed at improving the social and emotional wellbeing of 0-5 year olds, including vulnerable and traumatised children.

  • SVA raises $7m in private capital for Australia’s first social impact bond targeting mental health outcomes

    Having witnessed strong demand from investors, SVA announces that capital raising for the Resolve Social Benefit Bond has closed just a few weeks after launching with investors including NGS Super and Grosvenor Pirie Super.

  • SVA achieves $6m capital raising target for Queensland’s first social benefit bond

    Social Ventures Australia announces it has achieved its capital raising target for the Newpin Queensland Social Benefit Bond (Newpin Qld SBB) – Queensland’s first social benefit bond – only one month after its launch.

  • Federal budget 2017: Impact investing to boost housing and social programs

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) has welcomed initiatives announced in the 2017 Federal Budget that draw on expertise from across the community sector, government and business to develop new ideas to solve entrenched social problems and urged the Government to step-up efforts to reduce disadvantage.

  • Minister announces 1,000 job placements through providers like the Industry Employment Initiative

    Today the Victorian Government announced a major milestone for its flagship Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) initiative with more than 1,000 Victorian jobseekers successfully placed into employment in the first eight months.

  • SVA launches Australia’s first social impact bond for mental health care

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) is pleased to launch Australia’s first social impact bond for mental health care, the Resolve Social Benefit Bond. SVA is seeking to raise $7 million to fund the Resolve Program in NSW which will be delivered by Flourish Australia, a highly regarded mental health services provider.

  • SVA launches Queensland’s First Social Benefit Bond

    Social Ventures Australia launches Queensland’s first social impact bond, the Newpin Queensland Social Benefit Bond (Newpin Qld SBB). SVA is seeking to raise $6 million to fund the Newpin Program that will be delivered by UnitingCare Queensland, which aims to reunify children in out-of-home-care in Queensland to their parent/s, with a focus for the program being to reunify First Australian children.

  • SVA responds to the Commonwealth Government’s social impact investing discussion paper

    Social Ventures Australia welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s Social Impact Investing Discussion Paper along with the opportunity to provide comments and recommendations for developing the Social Impact Investment market in Australia.

  • Social Ventures Australia reports strong results for venture philanthropy portfolio

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) has marked another successful year of venture philanthropy with the release of a new report highlighting results achieved in 2016. The SVA Venture Philanthropy Portfolio Impact Report 2016 demonstrates the significant impact SVA’s ventures are having across the portfolio’s focus areas of education, employment and working with First Australians, supported by a growing community of engaged partners and strategic funders.

  • A series of exciting announcements as SVA’s WA Venture Philanthropy portfolio grows

    At an evening devoted to SVA’s WA Venture Philanthropy portfolio, Shiri Leventhal, Associate Director, shared several pieces of positive news.

  • Marnin Studio honoured with Indigenous Philanthropy Award at the 2017 Philanthropy Australia Awards

    In Melbourne on Wednesday night at the 2017 Philanthropy Australia Awards, SVA was honoured to receive the Indigenous Philanthropy Award for Marnin Studio (Marnin) in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia.

  • SVA dials up support for disadvantaged WA youth with new Dismantle venture philanthropy partnership

    A new partnership in Western Australia between Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and Dismantle will see $150,000 invested into engaging and mentoring at-risk youth back into employment and education pathways through BikeRescue – an innovative bike mechanic and therapeutic support program.

  • Samsung Electronics Australia and Social Ventures Australia announce 48 schools to be supported through innovative STEM program

    With the support of Samsung, SVA is establishing the Bright Spots Schools Connection STEM Learning Hub, a new initiative designed to kick-start great STEM education for low socio-economic schools across Australia.

  • SVA successfully raises $9m for South Australian Social Impact Bond in under a month

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) is pleased to announce that it has successfully closed the Aspire Social Impact Bond (Aspire SIB) fundraising, a month ahead of the scheduled 31 March issue date.

  • An enthusiastic debut for this year’s SVA Quarterly events

    The enthusiastic debut of SVA Quarterly events for 2017 saw SVA facilitate a panel discussion with social sector leaders on trends in the sector.

  • SVA Makes Budget Recommendations to the Commonwealth Government for 2017-2018

    SVA has submitted a number of investment recommendations to the Commonwealth Government for 2017-2018.

  • SVA working with SA Government to reduce homelessness

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) announces a pioneering partnership with South Australian Government, Hutt St Centre and Common Ground Adelaide to help some of the most vulnerable members of the community, using an innovative financing mechanism that combines not-for-profit expertise with private sector capital.

  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull cuts the ribbon for Vanguard Laundry Services

    Official opening by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Toowoomba’s Vanguard Laundry Services, an innovative social enterprise providing employment opportunities to people with a lived experience of mental illness.

  • Report reveals employer-first approach is key to disability employment

    A new report released by Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and the Australian Network on Disability (AND) finds supporting employer engagement is a critical first step to improving labour force participation rates for people with disability.

  • Samsung and SVA to bring STEM expertise to 36 schools in tough communities

    Samsung and Social Ventures Australia (SVA) are excited to announce an innovative new three-year partnership to bring STEM expertise and support to Australian schools in communities where those resources are most needed.

  • SVA to support skilled migrants to secure quality jobs in Australia and get back on their feet

    SVA is delighted to be working with J.P. Morgan and CareerSeekers to provide support to professionally qualified humanitarian entrants to enter the skilled workforce in Australia.

  • SVA Venture Philanthropy to support children disengaged from learning in Queensland

    Mimi’s House, a social venture in the Moreton Bay area, has become the first Queensland venture to be included in the Social Ventures Australia (SVA) venture philanthropy portfolio.

  • SVA and Vanguard Laundry Services win at the 2016 Social Enterprise Awards

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) is delighted to have helped Vanguard Laundry Services win the ‘Capital for Impact’ award at this year’s Social Enterprise Awards.