Last week, Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay witnessed the result of their call to action: over 40 Tampa Bay Area not-for-profit organizations completed an initial on-line survey, the first step in our investment process to select an investee for 2015. There is clearly interest in the SVP model, and word is spreading!

As an investee, the selected organization will receive general operating support of up to $25,000, with a possibility of multi-year funding. Once selected, SVP will form a partnership with the investee’s staff and board members. Our mutual goal is to help build the organization’s capacity, by implementing a variety of tools, in areas that are keeping the investee from operating at full capacity. It is hoped that each investee relationship will last for up to three years.
The next phase of the selection process will screen applicants to see if they are an “SVP Fit.” Simply put, these are the basic guidelines for consideration: 1) an organization with an operating budget of $300,000-$3 million 2) at least three years of operating history 3) has the ability to show compelling outcomes and impacts 4) has stable leadership and 5) has specific capacity challenges that are currently preventing the achievement of full potential AND would benefit from the skills of the SVP Tampa Bay partners.
The selection process includes several steps and finalists will be carefully vetted by a team of SVP partners, culminating in a full SVP partnership meeting with the finalists. That meeting, followed by a celebration, will take place on November 12, 2015.

This year SVP selected three focus areas: Homelessness, Foster Care and K-12 Education Support. Thus, the investee will need to align with one of these areas, as fully described on the SVP website. SVP is a different breed of philanthropy. SVP cultivates effective philanthropists and strengthens nonprofits – building powerful relationships to tackle our community’s social challenges. SVP does more than give away money. We amplify the impact of those out to do good in two distinct ways:
1. Connect and engage individuals, helping them make the greatest impact with their philanthropic giving.
2. Fund and strengthen nonprofits, helping them take their vital work for our community to the next level.

For those of you unfamiliar with Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay, please visit our website at

If you like what you see on the website and would like to know more about what it means to be an SVP partner, we are hosting an informational luncheon on July 8, 2015 at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa. Those partners who join by October can be part of this year’s investee selection process. To RSVP, please email partners Nancy Phaneuf,, or Joanie Halfaker,