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One in four people are experiencing disadvantage in Australia despite billions of dollars being spent on social services. We believe people and communities can thrive by providing funders with a strategic way to give more effectively.  

SVA’s strategic guidance allows funders to boost their effectiveness by linking, learning and acting with others to deliver a greater social return on investment.

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. 

The SVA team has deep strategy, financial and governance acumen which is critical for social ventures to effectively take on substantial funding commitments and grow their impact. 

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

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Education

Education

We believe all children should have equal opportunity to access high quality education.

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Employment

Employment

We believe everyone should be able to participate in the community and economy in a way that is fulfilling to them.

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Housing

Housing

We are working to ensure there is an adequate supply of stable and affordable housing for all.

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First Australians

First Australians

A reconciled Australia is one in which substantive rights and opportunities are guaranteed for all Australians.

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Our funders say

‘The Bryan Foundation has supported SVA for almost a decade. We continue to be impressed by the foresight and rigour they bring to their projects. In supporting SVA, we know that we are supporting initiatives that create real impact – not only for the people and communities who have direct contact with SVA supported programs, but also on broader policy and practice. They take a long-term view, and it works.’

Jill Simes – Chair, Bryan Foundation 

‘Samsung aims to work with the community to create positive social change at an individual, community and system level. SVA is an important partner to help create this kind of change because they work strategically across sectors, offer an informed, intelligent and independent perspective and use evidence-based thinking to implement real-world projects.’ 

Tess Ariotti – Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Samsung Electronics Australia 

‘SVA might not be at the coalface, which is an easier space to be at for fundraising. But it works on a deeper level, and the impact it has is structural. And that’s where you get major long-term shifts that significantly benefit society.’

Rob Keldoulis – SVA supporter


 SVA is a not-for-profit with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and donations to SVA are tax deductible. You can verify our DGR status on the Australian Business Register website.