SOCIAL VENTURES SUPPORTS SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
& PHILANTHROPISTS WHO ARE READY TO CREATE
IN BROKEN SOCIAL SYSTEMS
Social Ventures inspires and supports social entrepreneurs and their organizations in disrupting a social sector at the systems level - accelerating towards a nation that is more equitable and caring for all. We strive to unlock greater philanthropic dollars by creating opportunities to connect like-minded funders with innovative organizations and leaders, allowing both to lean into the intractable social challenges that hold our country back.
SOCIAL VENTURES WAS FOUNDED BY TWO FAMILIES COMMITTED TO POSITIVE SYSTEMS CHANGE
As longtime philanthropists, we have been frustrated by the large dollars invested to fix or improve critical social challenges and the limited success in actually solving those problems for society. Philanthropic dollars have improved education for some, access to health for some, and affordable housing for some, but the problems persist at scale. If we continue to fund incremental improvements and do not invest in the complex work of changing the system, our children and grandchildren will have to continue to fund the same programming for future generations.
Social Ventures applies the tools venture capitalists use to assess and cultivate systems change solutions. Critically, these solutions are led by social entrepreneurs, who simultaneously disrupt the multiple forces that hold our social problems in place.
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS + PHILANTHROPY = systems solutions
SYSTEMS CHANGE IS CHALLENGING WORK MIRED IN COMPLEX
BUREAUCRACIES AND UNSTEADY FUNDING STREAMS
As we pursued systems change funding opportunities, we realized our collective philanthropic and professional experience is value-added to our financial investments. At the same time, we continued to meet others like us, individuals and families committed to investing in social systems solutions, but unsure of how to engage for fear of ‘making a mistake.’ We also noticed that traditional philanthropic portfolios, more heavily focused on safe investments like hospitals and universities or on programmatic outcomes, shy away from supporting social entrepreneurs and innovation. Social Ventures exists in order to expand efforts and resources towards ventures targeting systems change with the maximum potential for scaled impact.
INVESTS IN people
& FACILITATES strategy
LET'S WORK TOGETHER
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS - If you and your organization have a plan to impact your social sector at a systems level, Social Ventures would like to get to know you and your work.
PHILANTHROPISTS - If you are seeking opportunities to invest and support social entrepreneurs positioned to have a scaled impact, Social Ventures invites you to connect and learn alongside us.