About Cleveland SVP
we unleash potential
- Cleveland Social Venture Partners - founded on February 20th, 2001 to provide engaged philanthropy in Cleveland.
Kathryn Kaczmarski wanted to do a new type of philanthropy -- combining the power of business and the passion of philanthropy. She founded CSVP: "The idea of only giving money just wasn’t enough for me: I had worked too closely with US and international non-profits (or non-governmental organizations) by this time. I wanted to help build the bridge as well as provide funding for the construction." Read more here.
- Pooled Investments for Greater Impact
Each Partner commits to a minimum annual contribution of $5,000 for at least two years (or $2,500 at the Associate Partner Level).
As responsible investors, we have a genuine interest in providing whatever it takes to help bolster the success of every one of our nonprofit investees. Partner involvement ranges from management support to finance, fund development strategy, marketing and more. Although partners are not required to contribute time and expertise, over two-thirds do.
- Innovative Solutions to Social Issues
Most of our work takes place in small groups of partners who research social issues, make investment decisions, and organize volunteer, capacity-building efforts to help our investees.
- Catalyzing a New Generation of Social Investors
SVP offers a range of information, workshops and resources to further develop the personal philanthropy of its partners. Excellent speakers share their expertise on topics such as creating personal giving plans, social entrepreneurship, and specific social issues like sustainable development, youth development, and education. By informing and educating its partnership, SVP hopes to catalyze a new generation of philanthropic potential in Northeast Ohio.