Who We Are and What We Do

Improving lives

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) is a social purpose organisation that works with partners to improve the lives of people in need.

Our range of services are designed to scale social impact, helping business, government and philanthropists to be more effective funders and social purpose organisations to be more effective at delivering services.

To drive the change we seek, we build on our practical knowledge of effective practice in education, employment, housing and with First Australians.

As a values-driven organisation, accountability, integrity, respect and humility underpin our work.

Our services


SVA enables a community of engaged funders to make their philanthropic dollars go further by giving through a portfolio of innovative social ventures tackling disadvantage. Our support of these ventures includes multi-year tailored funding, hands-on capacity building, access to networks and advice to prove and improve their impact.


SVA invests in organisations and projects that deliver both a social and financial return. These include debt and equity investments in social enterprises, Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), and bespoke financial solutions for large scale transactions such as the development of social and affordable housing.


SVA helps funders, government and social purpose organisations to strengthen their ability to address social issues. We help clients to develop better strategies, successfully implement them and to better measure and evaluate the impact of their work. We also advise on opportunities to partner and collaborate for greater social impact.

SVA has no religious or political affiliations. We have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and therefore donations to SVA are tax deductible. You can verify our DGR status on the Australian Business Register web site.