Q. What is Social Venture Partners or SVP?
A. With more than 3,500+ Partners from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. They range from filmmakers to financial managers, from nonprofit leaders to corporate veterans, and from foundation executives to people just beginning their giving journey. If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet these folks.
Our organization was founded on the belief that by bringing the very best of the venture capital and start up world to the non-profit sector, we can accelerate growth. This means immersing ourselves in our communities and combining our money, talents, and technology together to help our social enterprises be both sustainable and accountable.
To date, we have given over $63M to over 840 nonprofits; that’s in direct, unrestricted cash donations. If we add in the value of the time and talents of our partners, this number is many times larger. We call this amplifying our impact.
Q. What does SVP do in Tampa Bay?
A. While It is exciting and rewarding to be part of a global, giving organization that is improving so many lives and changing the nature of philanthropy in the process, the focus of the 26 partners of SVP Tampa Bay is right here in our own backyard. Learn more about our partners here.
Our current investment focus is Youth at Risk…youth who are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood. Youth may be at risk for many reasons including poverty; victims of abuse, abandonment, or addiction; or lack of basic reading and math skills. A successful transition to adulthood would include the ability to complete high school and pursue additional educational, vocational, or career opportunities; to develop independent living and social skills; and to be prepared to be productive members of the community.
The SVP Tampa Bay chapter may only be a few years young, but we have hit the ground running and have been able to generate real impact in our community, by focusing on innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to social issues.
Q. Why does Tampa Bay need a fresh approach to philanthropy?
A. Right now we seem to be in a Golden Age of opportunity for Tampa Bay; we are one of the fastest growing markets in the nation, established business are relocating, tech start ups and incubators are thriving, real estate developers are building and new businesses are blooming. With all of this we have more people; individuals and families are moving here seeking opportunity, graduates are moving here, and rather than moving to bigger cities, our young adults are choosing to stay in Tampa Bay.
All of this growth and opportunity brings more need. The influx of people bring more stresses on our already overburdened infrastructure, institutions and social organizations. This requires innovative solutions to emerging needs, and yet, traditional funding sources are drying up and there is even more competition for shrinking dollars.
At the same time, there is growing interest in social entrepreneurship from both emerging leaders of non profits as well as those seeking to contribute. At all levels, people want to give more than money; they want to actively make a difference. We want to be part of creating the communities and world in which we live. This is what SVP is all about.
Q. What is the SVP Tampa Bay Fast Pitch?
A. Many donors in Tampa Bay want to give more than money and our nonprofits need more than a check. SVP has innovated a solution to bridge the gap between donors and non-profits and has been able to further amplify impact to non-profits and engage and ignite socially-minded community movers and shakers to boot. Introducing the SVP Fast Pitch!
While this is SVP Tampa Bay’s first Fast pitch event, this has been extremely successful in other innovative cities like Seattle, Calgary, Sacramento, Phoenix, Boston, San Diego and Los Angeles.
The results are exciting: Attendance and participation have grown exponentially year over year, nonprofit organizations collaborate and build cross sector relationships in ways not seen before, the capacity of nonprofits have been dramatically expanded, and most importantly, its FUN! Entire communities become engaged, energized and united. This is what we are bringing to Tampa Bay with our inaugural Fast Pitch event.
This is how we are going to amplify our impact in Tampa Bay with our own inaugural Fast Pitch:
Innovative non-profits at all stages of development are encouraged to apply.
Semifinalists will be enrolled in a free, two month, intensive Accelerator designed to rapidly add valuable capabilities to these organizations
Semifinalists will also receive coaching to create the best possible performance at the culminating Fast Pitch competition event in November where we will distribute $60,000 in cash. Regardless of the outcome of the competition, this two month program will provide a fast boost to participating nonprofits’ effectiveness
Q. When is the deadline to apply?
A. The deadline for participation in the 2017 event has passed. Please check in with us for the 2018 event.
Q. How can I help?
A. There are so many ways to become part of SVP and this exciting event. The easiest way is simply to attend the gala event in November. Tickets are free and are expected to go quickly. Volunteers are needed with a wide range of time commitments to make it easier for you to participate. Sponsors are needed and will gain much more than brand exposure; SVP and Fast Pitch have a number of opportunities to help with employee engagement in the community.
And of course we welcome and encourage those that want to help make a real and lasting difference in our community to join us a become an SVP Partner.
Q. What is SVP Tampa Bay's relationship with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay?
A. SVPTB collaborates withthe Community Foundation of Tampa Bay which also provides oversight of our donor-advised fund. The Community Foundation has been growing philanthropy in Tampa Bay since 1990 and is recognized as a major philanthropic leader in Florida.