ARE YOU A

social entrepreneur

EAGER AND READY TO CREATE REAL CHANGE AT THE SYSTEMS LEVEL? 

SOCIAL VENTURES' PRIMARY GOAL IS TO SUPPORT SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

WHO LEAD ORGANIZATIONS READY TO DEFINE AND ACTIVATE A SYSTEMS

CHANGE STRATEGY TO ACCELERATE IMPACT IN THEIR SOCIAL SECTOR

Social Ventures maximizes  returns on investments by supporting leadership

teams through strategic guidance, mentorship and operating leverage.

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SOCIAL VENTURES' ACTIVELY SEEKS AN ORGANIZATION THAT  . . .

  • has entrepreneurial proven leadership and a highly effective team

  • has a model at work that successfully addresses a social challenge

  • has a diversity of funding relationships at the local and national level 

  • is ripe to scale at the systems level and has a vision for achieving that goal

  • values a thought partnership with Social Ventures to leverage their collective experience.

 

Social Ventures

IS FAR MORE THAN A PHILANTHROPY

Like the US economy throughout our country's history, ongoing cycles

of innovation and failure lead to dramatic success and the social sector

is desperate for investments made from the same point of view.

 

Our hypothesis is that there is a group of Americans poised to engage personally and financially with finding and funding innovative solutions to intractable social challenges. Social Ventures offers a new construct for these philanthropists.

OUR WORK IS GROUNDED IN THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES...

  • COURAGE & INTEGRITY: we focus on organizations well positioned to spark systems change with brave leadership, an appetite for risk and the integrity to learn from failure

  • CULTURE OF COLLABORATION & EXCELLENCE: we employ a rigorous due diligence process, are part of a donor community, and pursue knowledge and networks that reveal synergistic connections in service of effective systems change. 

  • COMMITMENT TO EMPOWERMENT & EQUITY: we seek to develop and invest in social entrepreneurs that reflect the diversity in our society, with a particular focus on women and people of color.

Like the US economy throughout our country's history, ongoing cycles

of innovation and failure lead to dramatic success and the social sector

is desperate for investments made from the same point of view

 

Our hypothesis is that there is a group of Americans poised to engage personally and financially with finding and funding innovative solutions to intractable social challenges. Social Ventures offers a new construct for these philanthropists.

OUR WORK IS GROUNDED IN THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES...

COURAGE

INTEGRITY

We focus on organizations

well positioned to spark systems change with brave leadership, an appetite for risk and the integrity to learn from failure

CULTURE OF COLLABORATION 

& EXCELLENCE

We employ a rigorous due diligence process, are part of a donor community, and pursue knowledge and networks that reveal synergistic connections in service of effective systems change

COMMITMENT TO

EMPOWERMENT

& EQUITY

We seek to develop and invest in social entrepreneurs that reflect the diversity in our society, with a particular focus on women and people of color

aggregate funds

SV joins other philanthropists to maximize learning and broaden networks for our own work while investing in collective systems change

fellowship

SV offers an annual fellowship to a social entrepreneur ready to plan and activate a systems change effort

engagement

SV is plugged into the small and growing community of funders committed to systems change and shares The Latest news, research and opportunities

"Social Ventures is far more than a philanthropy.  Drawing on their experience scaling successful initiatives in both the public and private sectors, they have provided us with invaluable thought partnership on our strategy and operations.  They have also worked side by side with us to help us secure resources needed to achieve our impact goals."

- SHERRY LACHMAN, FOUNDER OF FOSTER AMERICA -

*All SV content is open source and intended to unlock philanthropic funds to more rapidly address our nation’s social sector challenges.

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