HOW DOES SVP HELP CLOSE
THE OPPORTUNITY GAP?
SVP's network of almost 250 Partners and organizations provides
grants, capacity building, and connection to support systems change.
We are focused on workforce development, early childhood care and education, and racial equity to eliminate systemic obstacles to opportunities so that all Connecticut residents can attain economic security.
STRENGTHEN AND SCALE ORGANIZATIONS
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.
SUPPORT SYSTEMS CHANGE
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.
Transforming inequities in our society is no small task. SVP engages a diverse set of individuals and organizations that incorporate the perspectives of people most affected by the inequities we seek to eliminate. In doing so, we promote collaboration and partnership between stakeholders.
SInce 2013, we have worked with more than thirty nonprofit organizations in Connecticut. Our volunteer Partners have provided tens of thousands of hours of strategic advisory work and mentoring to our nonprofit partners, and SVP has provided financial support to the majority of these organizations.
In 2019, as we recognized what changes are required to take care of the most vulnerable people in Connecticut, the focus of our efforts shifted to emphasize systems change.
Systems change is about shifting the conditions that are holding the problem in place.
Closing the opportunity gap through a systems change approach requires addressing the root causes - racial and income inequalities driven by a long history of systemic racism and the loss of middle class jobs due to economic changes. These problems are further exacerbated by the lack of alignment between educational institutions and employers, barriers to opportunities (e.g. child care, housing, transportation, the criminal justice system), policy-driven disincentives (e.g. tax system, benefit cliffs), and changes in technology.
SVP focuses on systems change by working with statewide partners in government, education, philanthropy, nonprofits, and the private sector on policy and program changes that can address these issues.
Some examples include our work with the Governor's Workforce Council, the Office of Early Childhood, and AdvanceCT. We also work with many nonprofit partners that provide proven, high quality programming and services and are ready to strengthen and scale their work in order to achieve greater impact in their communities. We highly value their expertise and seek to amplify their work.
Since SVP Connecticut's founding In 2013, we have worked with more than 30 nonprofit organizations and cross-sector initiatives. 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.
SUPPORTING RACIAL EQUITY WITH COMMUNITY-BASED NONPROFITS PURSUING SYSTEMS CHANGE
Because the Opportunity Gap is greatest for Black, LatinX, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), SVP established the Race Equity Fund, a participatory grantmaking effort. In 2021, eight BIPOC-led nonprofits were each awarded $25,000 grants in support of their pursuit of systems change in their respective sectors.
The relationships we've established with these organizations has helped us to include community voice and incorporate deeper knowledge of our communities in our work.