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Introduction to Social Venture Partners

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An overview of the mission, programs, and investments of Social Venture Partners Minnesota.

An overview of the mission, programs, and investments of Social Venture Partners Minnesota.

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  • 1. Social Venture Partners: Investing in Social Entrepreneurs
  • 2. SVP founded in Seattle 1997. Today 26 Affiliates
  • 3. About Social Venture Partners Minnesota
    • We are a venture philanthropy organization with a dual mission to:
      • Promote philanthropy…
      • Practice philanthropy
  • 4. Venture Philanthropy
    • “ The most interesting developments in philanthropy are trends in engagement” - Patty Stonesifer, Gates Foundation
    • Engaged giving
      • Going beyond check writing
      • Application of personal skills and experience to those served
      • Two-way learning
    • Based on the venture capital model
      • Seeks innovative social entrepreneurs in which to invest
      • Patient capital – multiple year support
      • Direct assistance to the investee from the investor
      • Performance milestones for the investee
  • 5. We invest in social entrepreneurs. A social entrepreneur…
    • Is inspired to solve a social problem
    • Acts innovatively to create a new solution to the social problem
    • Takes direct action by creating new organizations, services, or markets
    • Demonstrates courage and persistence and bears the risks of innovation
    • Has a workable plan to move from vision to reality
    • Creates demonstrable social benefit through the value proposition they pursue
  • 6. The SVP partners
    • Profile :
      • Philanthropic
      • 40 - 75 age. Some retired, most working.
      • Entrepreneurs, business executives, professionals
      • 28 partner units, 57 members
      • Sectors: IT, VC & finance, manufacturing, business services, sales and marketing
    • Participation :
      • Annual contribution of $5,400 to the investment fund
      • Select investees
      • Support the investees by doing capacity building projects
      • Take part in educational events
      • Socialize with other partners and the investees
  • 7. Capacity building resources for investees
    • Consulting and coaching from SVP partners
      • Assistance with Capacity Building Plans
      • In-kind donations
      • Connections with their network
      • Executive Directors’ Forum
    • Carlson Ventures Enterprise
      • Multidisciplinary MBA student teams
      • Assistance with Capacity Building Plans
    • Education and training
      • Sustainable Strategies fundraising training
      • Search Institute Forty Developmental Assets training
    • Preferred Vendor Services
      • MAP for Nonprofits discounted services
      • Nonprofit Assistance Fund
  • 8. SVP Theory of Change
  • 9. SVP Programs
  • 10. Philanthropy is a family affair through our SVP Teens program…
  • 11. The Philanthropic Partners Program
    • The Philanthropic Partners Program is an initiative of Social Venture Partners to increase engaged philanthropy among small to mid-sized businesses.
      • Designed for businesses that want to give back but have limited staff and expertise
      • A Philanthropic Partner business commits to making a grant to a nonprofit organization serving at-risk children or youth. In addition to the grant, a Philanthropic Partner provides volunteers from among its employees and management team to assist the nonprofit with a capacity building project.
    • Social Venture Partners provides its Philanthropic Partners with a ‘turn key’ process. Philanthropic Partner businesses receive:
      • A complete grant making process including the documents and tools to solicit applicants, evaluate applications, and award a grant.
      • Training and coaching for employees participating on the grant team in basic concepts of philanthropy and grant making and in use of the grant making tools.
      • Assistance in selecting and defining the capacity building project your employees will do with your grantee.
      • The business is fully recognized in all communications to the grantee and to the media.
  • 12. The Engaged Philanthropy Conference…
    • Hosted by SVP with lead sponsors Best Buy, Minneapolis Foundation, and Lowry Hill
    • Features the Social Entrepreneur’s Cup competition
    • Attended by nonprofit, foundation, and business leaders
    ENGAGED PHILANTHROPY 2009 CONFERENCE
  • 13. Social Entrepreneur’s Cup
    • Seek out, support, and celebrate, Minnesota's most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead.
    • Cash prizes and consulting help from SVP partners
    • 2008 Winners:
      • Students Today Leaders Forever
      • International Breast Milk Project
  • 14. Area of interest and 2009 focus
    • Social ventures that improve the lives of at risk children and youth
    • 2009 focus: early childhood development
      • ages pre-natal to 5
      • Child care, pre-K, and parenting support
  • 15. SVP Investments 2008
  • 16. Our portfolio of current investees…
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  • 20. Our “Alums”
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  • 23. We are looking for social ventures that are…
    • Led by innovative social entrepreneurs that are solving social problems
    • Committed to growing their organization and expanding their reach to new markets, geographic areas, or larger numbers of customers served.
    • Beyond ‘proof-of-concept’ stage with some form of evaluation that demonstrates results
    • Seeking capacity building assistance as well as financial support
      • efforts that improve an organization’s ability to achieve its mission
      • infrastructure and systems development (i.e. marketing or IT) or leadership development within the organization (i.e. executive coaching)
  • 24. Philanthropic Partners Program investees…
    • Philanthropic Partner Company
    • Lubrication Technologies
    • Coughlan Companies
    • Investee
    • High School for Recording Arts
    • East Side Learning Center
  • 25. Closing Thought
    • "To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large, and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter.” - Aristotle
  • 26. To learn more, contact…
    • Brad Brown, Executive Director
    • (952) 844-5230
    • [email_address]