Social Venture Partners Chicago

2018 Letter of Interest Form

Sector Focus: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty


Social Venture Partners Chicago seeks to invest our time, expertise, and funds over the next 3 years in a nonprofit organization that is working to address breaking the cycle of poverty in the Chicagoland area.

We are especially interested in organizations with strong leadership and that are at an inflection point in their organizational lifecycle.

Our aim is to partner with the selected organization to actively work to increase the capacity and scale of the organization, thereby measurably increasing the impact of their programs and services.

We encourage your organization to submit this Letter of Interest if...

    Your organization’s primary focus is to address the cycle of poverty in Chicagoland, which must include Cook County as part of its core service area.

    Your programs are scalable and replicable.

    Your organization is at a critical juncture in terms of growth, new markets opportunities, leadership changes, and/or other new challenges.

    Your programs have a track record of demonstrable success and create lasting impact.

    Your budget is greater than $250,000 but less than $5,000,000.

    Your organization has an experienced leader and at least two additional full-time equivalent members as part of the leadership team.

    Your staff and board desire growth and hands-on assistance in building your organizational capacity in areas such as strategic planning, board development/governance, fund development, business operations (including accounting/finance), marketing and technology.

Community-based and grass roots organizations are encouraged to apply.

Please note that schools, foundations, solely religious organizations, and governmental entities will not be considered for our investment during this year’s cycle.

By submitting this LOI, you are agreeing to be added to our distribution list for upcoming opportunities and events.

Next steps: Organizations that intend to submit an LOI are required to participate in a briefing call with our Investment Committee co-chairs. There are two options: July 31, 2018 from 9 – 10 am; or August 2, 2018 from 12:30 – 1:30.

Contact linda@svpchicago.org with your preferred day and she will provide additional details.