SVA Venture Philanthropy portfolio

SVA partners with social purpose organisations with the potential for significant impact, both to positively impact the lives of people in need and to influence the way the system works.

Our venture philanthropy approach provides venture partners with a full package of support they need to focus on driving outcomes.

Read more about SVA’s approach to venture philanthropy or visit our information page for funders.

SVA venture portfolio

AIME

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) believes in an Australia where Indigenous children finish high school at the same rate as all Australian students.

AIME

AIME is an educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. By matching Indigenous high school students with university student mentors, AIME successfully supports the students to finish high school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.

AIME is leading the way in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous education outcomes, a key factor in breaking the cycle of entrenched disadvantage for First Australians.

SVA has supported AIME since 2009, providing hands on capacity building, funding and introduction to the networks that have enabled AIME to grow from supporting 25 students to having supported over 10,000 students by the end of 2017. SVA provided $50,000 to AIME in 2017.

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BackTrack

BackTrack provides disadvantaged youth in regional communities the support, life skills and experience to pursue positive life pathways.

BackTrack

BackTrack is a non-profit, educational and life skills initiative for young people aged 11-19 years old from rural and remote communities who are simply, having a hard time. The program gives young people experiencing vulnerability the practical and emotional support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Almost 9 in 10 young people supported by BackTrack move into work, education or training. To date, BackTrack’s has worked with more than 1000 young people and generated impact within the local Armidale community in NSW.

SVA is partnering with BackTrack to provide community mentoring support and develop a sustainable and modularised program that will enable efficient scale. Read more.

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Bright Spots Schools Connection

The Connection supports exceptional school leaders in disadvantaged communities to improve the outcomes of their students, so that every child in Australia has the chance to thrive.

Bright Spots Schools Connection

The Connection works with the leadership teams of schools in disadvantaged communities, engaging leaders to share knowledge and build expertise to improve learning outcomes for their students, comprising of:

  • Powerhouse Schools: high performing schools that test and prove approaches.
  • Star Hubs: networks of aspiring schools that share insights and best practice on school improvement.
  • Thought Leadership Gatherings: collaboratively engage all schools to network, share and improve practice.

The Connection works with 50 schools in disadvantaged communities across three states, reaching 2,800 educators and 30,000 students.

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Community Schoolyard

SVA and United Way Australia have collaborated to help young people at Rooty Hill and Plumpton high schools to make more effective transitions into further education, training or employment.

Community Schoolyard

Youth disengagement and unemployment is a pressing issue, impacting a high number of people aged 15 to 24 years old.

In partnership with the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Citi Foundation, SVA is implementing the Community Schoolyard project to support school students in Western Sydney make more effective post school transition towards further education, training or employment.

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Dismantle

Dismantle supports at-risk young people in WA to achieve their potential. The social enterprise engages youth through a bike outreach program to help with transitioning young people into further education and employment pathways.

Dismantle

BikeRescue supports young people to improve their social and emotional well-being, while also building transferable skills. It is run in partnership with youth service providers, ensuring appropriate wrap-around support is available before, during and after the program. To date, Dismantle has supported over 650 young people in Western Australia through over 50 WA based partners.

SVA is supporting Dismantle to develop a social franchise model for scaling BikeRescue into regional communities. The model recognises the importance of local program delivery for ensuring sustained outcomes in regional communities, and will enable Dismantle to train and equip local partners to effectively deliver the BikeRescue program themselves. Read more.

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Evidence for Learning

Evidence for Learning (E4L) helps great practice become common practice in Australian schools and early learning centres.

Evidence for Learning

With the support of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, SVA is building a social enterprise to increase the evidence of what works to improve student outcomes and why, and to make this more widely available and actively used. Evidence for Learning helps great practice to become common practice through:

  • Building new Australian evidence through the Learning Impact Fund.
  • Sharing evidence in easy-to-understand ways through the Teaching & Learning Toolkit
  • Encourage the use of evidence with practical guides, resources and networks.

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Industry Employment Initiative (IEI)

The Industry Employment Initiative (IEI) project is developing a demand-led employment model to improve the employment outcome for long-term unemployed jobseekers.

Industry Employment Initiative (IEI)

The IEI aims to effectively bridge the gap between national employers with vacancies and the many disadvantaged job seekers who are willing and able to work. It was developed to build an evidence base around what works, what is effective and what is efficient to support long-term unemployed job seekers to find work.

Since IEI’s conception in 2013, SVA has provided financial investment and technical expertise including:

  • Secured over $1 million in philanthropic funding for the pilot
  • Works with nine national employers across three states.
  • Capacity building supporting national employers to recruit and train disadvantaged young job seekers.
  • Developed a best-practice M&E framework that is peer reviewed to ensure lessons learnt are captured and evaluated, in preparation for scaling.
  • As of 2015, the project has a 62% average annual growth rate – beneficiaries and 103% average annual growth rate – turnover.

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Malpa

Malpa is an Aboriginal controlled organisation that promotes health and well-being among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people and communities.

Malpa

Malpa’s Young Doctor projects work with communities to teach Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children to be health ambassadors and positive role models within their communities. The Young Doctor model is built on the traditional practice of selecting young people within a community to become healers (doctors).

These Young Doctors become positive role models and sources of leadership to their peers and community, leading to the development of career aspirations aligned to strengthening their local community.

At the end of 2017 there were over 1,000 Young Doctors. Read more.

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Marnin Studio

Marnin Studio is an Indigenous art enterprise operating out of the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing.

Marnin Studio

Marnin Studio was the first venture in the WA Venture Philanthropy portfolio. It supports the local women to turn the things they love into products that can provide them with a source of income, as well as provide therapeutic aid, employment skills and empowerment to become leaders and change agents in their community.

SVA is supporting Marnin Studio to broaden support for the women of Fitzroy Crossing and surrounding communities, by creating a model that can play an integral role in providing a good balance of economic empowerment, skills development and wrap-around support for the women, whilst maintaining an environment that is sensitive to complex intergenerational trauma of women and children. Read more.

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Mimi’s House

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

Mimi’s House, a program of Hope Centre Services, provides a child centred, early intervention support service for at risk children five to 10 years old from Indigenous, Pacific Islander and other low socio-economic background children.

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 refi ne and embed the Mimi’s House model, replicate
the program and build an evidence base that supports wider adoption. Read more.

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Restacking the Odds

Restacking the Odds aims to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage with services and strategies that centre on the early years of a child’s development.

Restacking the Odds

Restacking the Odds aims to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage through a focus on five key evidence-based interventions ‘that reflect the continuity and complementarity of services needed’ after interventions in early childhood: antenatal care; sustained nurse home visiting; early childhood education and care; parenting programs; and the early years of school.

SVA delivers Restacking the Odds through a collaboration with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Centre for Community Child Health) and global strategy firm Bain & Company. Read more.

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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.

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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

Informed by neuroscience, Pathways to Resilience’ Wings to Fly (Wings) program uses a proven strengths based approach aimed at preventing anxiety and depression, and deepening understanding of those at-risk children aged 0-5 years to build their resilience, skills and the capacity to transition effectively into primary school.

Wings works with communities of low-socioeconomic status; culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; in rural, regional and remote Queensland. Read more.

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