Operating Support for BIPOC-led Poverty-Fighting Organizations in Phila – Mar 5

Posted by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey on March 2, 2021

New Grant Opportunity for Poverty-Fighting Organizations in Philadelphia

Social Venture Partners Philadelphia is inviting Philadelphia nonprofits led by and serving people of color that reduce poverty to apply for multi-year general operating support grants of up to $100,000. Find out more:

Learn more and apply by viewing the Information Packet

We invest in organizations working to advance systemic change in these four areas. We define systems change as community organizing, policy advocacy, changing public narratives around an issue, coalition building, or creating alternatives to inequitable systems.

We have learned that leaders and organizations closest to the issues have the experience, insights, and ability to alter the systems creating the issues. Given that Black, Indigenous, and other Philadelphians of color are disproportionately impacted by the systems that produce poverty, this opportunity is specifically for organizations that self-identify as being led by and serving Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC).

The 2021 Investment Cycle is investing capacity building support and a total of $600,000 over three years in up to three partner organizations: Individual grants may be up to $100,000 per year. Dollars granted are general operating support. We commit our capacity building support and funding to grantees for three years, pending yearly review. (For example, grantee receiving a $50,000 investment will receive a total of $150,000 over the three-year agreement period.)

SVP Philadelphia defines capacity building as developing core skills, leadership, culture, management practices, strategies, and systems to enhance an organization’s effectiveness, sustainability, and ability to fulfill its mission. Driven by the grantee’s priorities and interests, we connect individuals from our philanthropic network who bring experience in areas such as board development, fundraising, marketing, technology, legal affairs, human resources, operations, program development, and strategic planning. We also view this as an opportunity to build relationships with frontline leaders so that we can become better funders and partners to advance our shared goals.

Powered by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, SVP Philadelphia is a chapter of SVP International – a global network of more than 3,400 engaged philanthropists in 40 cities worldwide. Each SVP invests in their local community and is connected to the global movement.

Letters of interest are due March 5, 2021. If selected, full proposals will be due April 14, 2021.

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