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Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson Investment

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits in Eligible Regions for Capacity Building
Efforts to Increase Economic Security and Remove Barriers to Success

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Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations that address social problems in eligible regions for long-term capacity-building projects. Funding is intended to support nonprofits that strive to alleviate poverty and remove barriers to success for children, youth, and family in the Greater Tucson Area. Grants are unrestricted and may be used for any general operating purpose.

SVP aims to significantly reduce or eliminate family vulnerabilities for economic security and stability, breaking the cycle of poverty, using the 2-Gen approach. The 2-Gen framework lays out three core components needed to address this issue:

  • High-quality early childhood development/education for children and postsecondary education and skills training for parents;
  • Economic supports and asset building that provide a scaffold for families as they work to develop skills that lead to better jobs and long-term financial stability; and,
  • Social capital and networks that build on the strength and resilience of families.

To achieve this, SVP invests in nonprofits and works in partnership with them to co-create and implement solutions. SVP’s capacity building work may include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Leadership development and coaching
  • Board development and governance
  • Change management
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Financial management
  • Marketing and communications
  • Fund development
  • Legal affairs
  • Community convening
  • Facilitation of strategic partnerships
  • Enhancement of management systems
  • Policy development

SVP Tucson will build this “community of nonprofits” to bridge the gap(s) between the early childhood learning community and nonprofits focused on adult job attainment. This 2-Gen network will provide a continuum of services for families with young children, providing the intervention and learning opportunities children need, along with the resources parents need in order to stabilize their lives. SVP Tucson wants to work with non-profit organizations that have an effective strategy and model that  impacts the areas of early childhood development/education and/or adult education/training. 

For information about desired investee attributes, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149258

Number of Grants:

SVP expects to select two nonprofit partners in 2020.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Initial one-year investment of up to $25,000 plus professional volunteer and pro-bono consulting.

Term of Contract:

SVP is committed to performance-based, multi-year relationships.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for an SVP Investment, an organization must:
- Be classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity,
- Have headquarters and key leadership staff located in the Greater Tucson Area,
- Provide a majority of its services in the Greater Tucson Area
- Offer programming that increases Educational Attainment for individuals living in poverty.

Organizations may self-nominate or be nominated by a partner, funder, other non-profit, community or educational leader or governmental organization.

Organizations that are primarily seeking financial support are not aligned with SVP’s model of engaged philanthropy.

-SVP will not consider grant requests from individuals, public school districts or their schools, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, pure sports teams, or any organization that discriminates on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender, age, marital status, national origin, or physical ability; and
-SVP will not make grants to support auctions or fundraising events, debt reduction, endowment funds or capital campaigns.

Pre-Application Information:

Nomination forms must be completed by January 10, 2020. This can be an organization’s self-nomination submission or a submission on behalf of an organization by a partner, funder, other non-profit, community or educational leader or governmental organization.

SVP will review nominations and invite selected nonprofits to submit an application by January 17, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and semi-finalists selected for presentations. Upon completion of the final stage of the process, SVP will select the Nonprofit Partners.

- January 10, 2020: Nomination application Due Date
- January 11 – 16, 2020: Nomination applications reviewed
- January 17, 2020: Accepted applicants notified to submit applications
- February 10, 2020: Nonprofit application due date
- February 12- 23, 2020: Nonprofit applications being reviewed
- February 24, 2020: Selection of nonprofit semi-finalists
- February 25, 2020: Nonprofit semi-finalists notified
- February 26 – April 8, 2020: Research and site visits of semi-finalists
- April 9 – 13, 2020: Committee review of research findings
- April 14, 2020 (1:00 – 5:00pm): Nonprofit semi-finalist presentations
- April 16, 2020: Selection of new Nonprofit Partner(s)
- April 23, 2020: SVP Board Ratification of Nonprofit Partner(s)
- April 24, 2020: Welcome New Nonprofit Partner(s)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to:
John-Peter Wilhite, Director of Community Impact

Adaline Klemmedson, SVP Investment Committee Chair

SVP Tucson
c/o Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
5049 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 233
Tucson, AZ 85711
P: 520-622-8476
F: 520-770-1500

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USA: Arizona: Greater Tucson area

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