Become a Partner

SVP Partners come from many different professional and community backgrounds. Partners:

  • Learn about our community’s specific needs and which organizations address them
  • Use their expertise and resources to benefit the St. Louis community in an effective and targeted way
  • Leverage their financial contributions with others’ to maximize impact
  • Connect with others in the St. Louis community and across the globe through the SVPI network
  • Develop and enhance their personal philanthropic philosophy

To join SVP, each Partner commits to a minimum annual contribution of $5,000 and is open to contributing his/her time to either the SVP program or nonprofit relationships.

To inquire about becoming a Partner, please call the St. Louis SVP Coordinator, Burgandy Fitzhenry at 314.225.2104.

Partner Engagement – How to Get Involved

Partners can scale their level of involvement from money-only to time-based projects to ongoing commitments. There are five key areas of Partner engagement:

  • Grant Committee – participating in selecting the nonprofits to receive funding
  • Volunteer Teams – working directly with the nonprofit on a specific project or becoming the SVP liaison for that organization
  • Partner Education – events which spotlight involvement with Investees or feature speakers discussing pertinent issues for philanthropists.
  • Investee Education – conducting Investee education workshops on issues facing most nonprofits (grant writing, marketing, board development, etc.)
  • Full Partner Meetings – coming together twice a year for business purposes
  • Partner social events – receptions for connecting with leaders in St. Louis’s philanthropic community
  • Social Venture Partners International – a global network of 40 affiliate cities and over 3,200 philanthropic leaders. SVPI hosts an annual conference about cutting edge philanthropic topics.