Race Equity Initiative

SVP CT's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee established a four-part initiative in response to the racial disparities made unavoidably apparent by COVID-19 and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others.



Our capacity building work is helping to scale and support some of the leading nonprofits in education and workforce development by drawing upon SVP's Partner talent. Since SVP Connecticut began in 2013, our Partners have given tens of thousands of hours of skilled strategic support and mentoring. 


SVP is committed to systems change at a community and statewide level. SVP supports the Governor's Workforce Council, developing a statewide workforce strategy. Most recently, our systems work expanded to include COVID relief (4-CT), early childhood education and immigrant support. SVP's efforts are aimed at closing the opportunity gap in Connecticut.


SVP Partners scale their social impact by working together and  leveraging our relationships with nonprofits, government, and the business community. Partners pool their dollars together to stretch their giving. They gain access to valuable education, learning and skill building opportunities, and build relationships with community members.



Number of SVP partners currently providing high quality, professional-grade consulting support for nonprofits and state government.


Since 2013 SVP has contributed more than $1.3 million in grant funding to nonprofit organizations participating in SVP CT's engagements.


4-CT, a new nonprofit formed by SVP Partners has raised and granted $15 million for COVID relief across the state in areas like food distribution, education, health care, child care, volunteer tax assistance and direct cash assistance to populations left out of government programs.


Virtual VITA has directly contributed $11 million in benefits to clients by helping them realize and receive tax refunds and most recently, much-needed Covid relief funds.


SVP Partners worked with hospital systems, the Governor's Workforce Council, Workforce Boards, the CSCU, and Bank of America philanthropy to obtain $1.4 million to train recently unemployed workers for healthcare careers.


SVP Partners worked with All Our Kin  and built staff capacity to provide technical assistance that facilitated an estimated $150k - $200k in PPP loans. This effort provided direct COVID-19 relief and support to essential small businesses.



In 2013, SVP Connecticut selected its first grant recipient, the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN, now CIRI) and since then have worked with more than 30 nonprofit organizations and on cross-sector projects in CT.  Some have been time-only engagements, while others have involved a commitment of both financial and human capital.


Our community partners provide high-quality programming and services and have reached the stage where they are ready to strengthen their organizations and scale their proven models so they can have even greater impact.   We are honored to be working with them.


A team of Partners, led by Eric Stone and Sylvia Shepard, is working with this Hartford nonprofit on college access, college persistence, and work-based learning programs to improve college and career success for low income Hartford students. This summer AH is supporting 350 students in their transition from high school to college to avoid summer melt.


An SVP team, led by John Bergen and Rob Wechsler, has helped AOK strengthen its IT and HR infrastructure and is working on growth strategies to expand family child care networks in CT. This work is resulting in SVP getting involved in developing early childhood systems strategies to reduce the opportunity gap in early childhood education.


Susan Adamsen is leading an SVP project team in working with the B1C leadership on English as a Second Language (ELS) learning, legal assistance for immigrants, immigrant integration best practices, and organizational development.


An SVP Partner team, led by Chris Kunhardt, is working with CRI to develop growth strategies focused on creating high impact job training programs for returning citizens, youth, unemployed, and under-employed adults. They are launching a new five pillar integrated STRIVE job training model as a part of the statewide healthcare training program.


A team of Partners, led by Tom Robey and Lisa Haas, is supporting additional Child First growth in CT through messaging, development strategy, and data systems to better tell their story.


Under the leadership of Roy Berger, an SVP team is assisting this mental health organization on merger and acquisition strategy, creating a managed services organization, and branding work.


Led by SVP Board member Jen Gerber, an SVP Partner team is working with Domus to develop career pathways for Stamford youth. This work includes building partnerships with area employers to provide job training and career development opportunities that will lead to gainful employment.


An SVP team, led by Ron Clarke and Michael Van Leesten, is working with this reentry workforce development and supportive services organization by providing professional development support for the executive team, financial reporting assistance, and data support to help the organization tell its story.


Led by SVP Board member Amy Orenstein, and Alycia Angus, the SVP team has made significant progress toward our goal of scaling Horizons in Bridgeport from serving 400 to 1,000 students. This work included raising $400,000, opening a third program site, and creating Horizons Bridgeport, a city-wide nonprofit leading regional growth, fundraising, metrics, and community partnerships.



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