The application window is now closed.  Semifinalists will be announced on April 23.

 Take your organization to the next level by applying to be one of SVP's next Investees. This year we will support nonprofits working toward Systemic Change for Populations Disproportionately Impacted by the Pandemic with a minimum grant of $25,000 and two years of high skilled volunteer support delivered in deep partnership. 

Please contact Director of Programs and Partner Engagement Erica Halpern (erica@sdsvp.org or (858) 412-5331 x702) with any questions. 

Previous Funding Topics

2020: Economic Inequality

2019: Health

2018: Early Childhood Development

2017: Homelessness

2016: Human Trafficking

2015: Workforce Development

2014: Youth & Children

2013: Improving Healthy Communities 

2012: Increasing High School Graduate Rates

2011: Military

2010: Education

2009: Youth & Children

2008: Elderly

2007: Hunger & Homelessness

2006: Early Child Development

2005: Environment

2004: Employment & Economic Development

2003: Health & Human Services 

2002: Parent Education


SVP seeks to develop true partnerships with nonprofit organizations. Each year, SVP selects nonprofit organizations called “Investees” to fund and support through pro bono consulting from our members, who are called “Partners."  Our Partners are a group of highly skilled, compassionate, philanthropically minded individuals who come with decades of experience in organizational leadership and business.

Our approach is unique, and most nonprofits are not accustomed to a funder being involved with the “guts” of an organization.  For those nonprofits that are willing to engage in this type of relationship, our alliance can support transformative growth and impact.

What systemic changes would decrease the impacts on populations you serve if there were another pandemic?  How are you or would you make those changes?  SVP is seeking San Diego nonprofits that have identified methods and programs for creating systemic change for the benefit of vulnerable populations.  
Nonprofits working toward systemic change may:

  • Aim at root causes, not the symptoms

  • Focus on social innovation

  • Examine underlying issues that create problems

  • Seek to change attitudes, behavior, laws, policies or institutions

  • Build collective responses to problems

  • Coordinate stakeholders to attempt change

  • Advocate for accountability and responsiveness in government institutions, corporations, etc.

  • Involve those closest to social problems in determining their solution

Eligible organizations have:

  • Registered as a 501(c)(3) or are fiscally sponsored by one

  • An operating budget between $400,000 and $7 million

  • A minimum of two full-time, paid staff members; preferably at least five

  • Headquarters and primary populations served based in San Diego

  • Mission or primary programs that address the funding topic

  • Board and executive leadership that are committed to a hands-on partnership with SVP to build organizational capacity

We encourage you to contact us to discuss whether your organization would qualify.