BC Social Venture Partners – Making a Difference in the Community
BC Social Venture Partners (BC SVP) is a network of Vancouver business leaders who care about the communities in which they live and express that concern by investing time and financial resources in some of the area’s most innovative non-profit organizations. As a venture philanthropy organization, BC SVP applies sound investment principles to its granting approach. Not content with simply awarding grants, the Partners actively guide, nurture, and advise each Grantee in order to assist in their capacity-building efforts.
This year has seen the successful graduation of two Grantee organizations: YouthinBC, a web-based hotline for young people, and The Odd Squad, a group of police officers dedicated to using the media of film to expose the issues that affect our society.
BC SVP takes an innovative approach to working with Grantees, leveraging dollars, networks, and professional skills to support their growth and stability. This "time plus money" approach helps the Grantees increase their capacity to deliver a positive social impact. While BC SVP has a broad interest in all groups tackling social problems in new and creative ways, the current focus is in three main areas of need: Helping Women at Risk; Brighter Futures for Children and Youth; and Social Enterprise.
BC SVP offers many ways for Partners – from the newest giver to the most seasoned philanthropist – to invest, engage, learn and grow. The spectrum of activities, which leverage the annual financial contributions, maximizes Partners’ personal experiences and their community impact.
Partners work with likeminded business professionals and contribute in practical ways to causes of societal concern. Hard-earned years of entrepreneurial and business experience are applied where they are needed and valued most – helping to strengthen the community in a non-profit capacity.
To find out more information about this innovative approach to philanthropy, and how you might become a Partner, please visit http://www.bctsvp.com/ or call Cindy Pandini at 604.602.5221.