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Social Venture Partners Philadelphia: Moving Beyond Traditional Philanthropy

Yesterday, SVP Philadelphia launched its 2022 investment cycle for nonprofit organizations working to reduce intergenerational poverty. In the 2022 Investment Cycle, SVP Philadelphia will provide $100,000 in unrestricted grant funding in up to three organizations over the next three years, totaling $300,000. Hear more from Jen Gleason, Managing Director of SVP Philadelphia on recent SVP successes, why this work is so important, and what’s to come.


At SVP Philadelphia, we are reimagining giving. And instead of philanthropic business as usual, we’re allocating resources where they matter by connecting social impact organizations with our growing network of 60 donors (called Partners), who invest their time, expertise, professional connections, and money to enhance the impact of those organizations.

Last year, we officially launched SVP’s engaged philanthropy model in Philadelphia, guided by a research report - Reducing Poverty Together – that we commissioned to help shape our direction. Together, we accomplished some great things thus far:

  • We invested $633,000 in six impactful Philadelphia nonprofits working to reduce racial, social, and economic disparities in our city through systems change efforts. 
  • We hosted ten educational programs to learn about the root causes of poverty, effective philanthropy, and to get to know frontline leaders in our community. 
  • We launched our capacity building model to support the organizational needs of our investees. 
  • We hosted multiple networking events to foster a thriving network of individuals committed to leveraging resources and sharing power to reduce intergenerational poverty in our region.

And we are just getting started.

In 2022, we will continue to invest time and resources to help strengthen poverty-fighting nonprofits in Philadelphia, while growing and diversifying our Partner network to meet the needs of our community. 

Being a Partner of SVP is not a one-size-fits-all opportunity. Whether you can offer your time, your talent, your treasure—or any combination of the three—there is a place for you here. 

If you want to start 2022 involved and engaged in the fight against poverty in Philadelphia, you should consider joining SVP.


To learn more about SVP Philadelphia's work, check out the website, follow on LinkedIn, or reach out to Jen Gleason at