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A Unique Model

SVP’s grantmaking model couples financial support with hundreds of hours per year of hands-on consulting, bringing together a diverse community of leaders and experts to invest their time and knowledge in nonprofits that are closing the opportunity gap in Boston. We make serious investments that spark serious change.

Our grantmaking starts with an incredibly rigorous 4-month selection process, where we look for organizations that are at an exciting inflection point, whose leaders are not afraid of taking risks, and who are ready and eager to grow. We work with selected Grantees for up to 3 years, putting together a core consulting team that tackles projects ranging from strategic planning, to staffing and human resources, governance issues, financial planning, and more. Throughout our engagement, we pitch in on smaller projects as they come up, bringing in Partners who have the relevant expertise to support on immediate needs. We also connect the nonprofits across our portfolio, building a community of dynamic actors creating lasting change in Boston.


The impact is transformational: our alumni grow 4 times faster than their peers, becoming leaders in their respective fields.

To see a snapshot of our current portfolio of Grantees, check out this report from our annual All Partner Meeting this January.