What We Do

SVP Sacramento builds powerful relationships among people and organizations who make our community a better place. We help individuals and corporations amplify their giving, fund and strengthen nonprofits and equip our community to tackle our greatest challenges in education – together.

Partners in the SVP Sacramento Network pool their funds and typically make multi-year, unrestricted gifts to carefully vetted nonprofit investees with proven potential for social change. Partners also contribute their business and professional expertise to the nonprofits, all with the goal of strengthening the nonprofit and increasing its impact. Central to this work is the opportunity for Partners to learn about strategic philanthropy so they can make the greatest impact possible with their time, talent, and financial investment.

The journey begins with you, stretching to your next step in the hard work of bold social change. Together, alongside the organizations we fund, we are strengthening the philanthropic landscape – paving the way for systemic solutions to help students, teachers, schools, families, and our community.

We Go Beyond Philanthropy.

SVP Sacramento does more than give away money. We amplify the Partners’ impact in three distinct ways:

Connect and engage individuals, helping them make the greatest impact with their philanthropic giving.

Fund and strengthen nonprofits, helping them take their vital work for communities to the next level.

Invest in and facilitate collaborative solutions, so those with a common cause can align their efforts and go farther, together.

Our Guiding Principles

Engaged Venture Philanthropy. SVP Partners invest time, expertise and money in nonprofits. They seek collaborative relationships with nonprofits that last for at least three years.

Entrepreneurial Spirit. Partners use innovative approaches to achieve leveraged results in their nonprofit partnerships and communities. They delegate decisions, resources, and authority to those closest to the work.

Philanthropic Education. Partners educate themselves and become informed, effective, lifetime philanthropists. Ongoing individual philanthropy is catalyzed through hands-on experience and education.

Community and Collaborative Action. Partners believe in the power of collective, multi-stakeholder effort. They encourage and maintain highly participatory, Partner-driven organizations that use non-hierarchical communications and operating practices. SVPs support an open exchange of knowledge and lessons learned.

Mutual Respect. Partners respect the expertise of community nonprofit organizations. They form close working relationships with organizations where Social Venture Partners are mutually vested in the nonprofit’s success.

Accountability and Results. Partners are mutually accountable to each other, their nonprofit investees (grant recipients) and community. They achieve and document measurable results, both in their own work and through their nonprofit partnerships.