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Review for San Diego Social Venture Partners, San Diego, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Throughout my life, I have had a long history of involvement with numerous charitable organizations. I was frustrated,wanting a higher level of participation rather than just giving money. In 2001 my wife, Louarn and I, became founding members of San Diego Social Venture Partners (SDSVP). We consider ourselves "activist" investors, not "passive" donors are looking for both a social return on ourr investment (SROI) and a higher level of engagement with the causes we fund. SDSVP partners leverage our financial contribution by providing additional value through assistance with strategic and outcome planning, busness operations, marketing & public relations, board development & governance, fund development and IT support. We are asking tougher questions and demanding more rigorous, verifiable outcomes from the causes we support. Many of our partners are entrepreneurs and we understood the importance of building a solid management team just as we had done in the companies we have started. Our model of effective, engaged giving provides money, time and effort. Our involvement produces measurable results,and what is even more amazing is that our partners feel they get more out of the process than the recipient of their support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We became involved with the Human Development Foundation (HDF), one of the organizations SDSVP supports. HDF's goal is to help gifted children from low-income families achieve their full potential. In 2002, SDSVP provided the organization with a three-

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & Helped build the organiztion from 50to over 300 partners.