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It can be hard to focus on strengthening the business side of a nonprofit when so much energy and funding goes into delivering service. Through volunteer support from business-minded individuals and opportunities for unrestricted funding, SVP can help.


SVP seeks to develop true partnerships with nonprofit organizations. Each year, SVP selects nonprofit organizations to 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 outside volunteers 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. 


Organizations that receive our unrestricted, multi-year grants are called “Investees.” Along with the monetary support, Investees receive the dedicated volunteer support of a team of SVP Partners throughout the two- or three-year period of our investment. Together, we work to strengthen the business side of our Investees and help them become skillful, strategic and sustainable.


We select two Investees annually through our Funding Cycle, which takes place in the spring. Check back in February 2022 for details on the application process.


Spark Teams elevate a nonprofit's organizational capacity through customized, pro bono support and generous commitment of SVP Partners and their skills.


Our Spark Teams are personalized teams of professionals who bring a wide variety of business skills and experienced perspectives to help nonprofits solve organizational problems. This means that they can help address many pain points by looking at strategic planning, marketing, board development, financial planning and much, much more.


We are most effective with organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3)

  • Annual budget of $100K or more

  • At least one full-time, paid staff member

  • A significant portion of programs are in San Diego

  • Board Governance

  • Communication & Messaging

  • Facilities, Real Estate & Infrastructure

  • Finance & Budget Planning

  • Human Resources

  • Information Technology

  • Leadership Development

  • Legal

  • Marketing

  • Operations

  • Program Development & Evaluation

  • Revenue Stream Development

  • Strategic Planning 

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