St. Louis Social Venture Partners is a philanthropic program of the Regional Business Council that complements the RBC’s business, civic, and philanthropic mission by providing financial and hands-on resources to build long-term sustainability in selected non-profits.The St. Louis SVP's partnership with the RBC makes it unique among the SVP network and has become a model for new cities considering starting their own Social Venture Partners program. Learn more about SVP's History and capacity building.
St. Louis SVP supports non-profit organizations that provide educational programs for disadvantaged youth. No other program in the St. Louis region provides an opportunity for contributors to directly engage with funded organizations to improve their long-term capacity. SVP has an annual grant cycle based on nominations from Partners and RBC members and looks to support one or two new organizations each year. Learn more about SVP's Grant Guidelines.
Just as a venture capitalist invests money and valuable expertise in building a new organization’s infrastructure, SVP Partners use their business skills, time and money toward improving the long-term sustainability of local non-profits. This mix of money and volunteer service results in a stronger non-profit that can then better serve its clients and achieve its mission.
Since 2001, SVP has given more than $1.9 million in grants and in-kind support as well as over 16,000 hours of volunteer and staff time to 21 area non-profits. View current list of non-profits supported by St. Louis SVP.
In addition to building capacity in select non-profits, SVP also educates Partners on effective philanthropy. Education events feature local, national, and international philanthropists and civic leaders. Learn more about Partner Education.
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