Reimagine Giving.

SVP is a community of Partners committed to mobilizing people and leveraging resources to reduce intergenerational poverty in our region. We envision a Philadelphia where the frontline leaders working closest to the issues have direct access to the resources necessary to make lasting change.

Poverty Persists in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate among the ten largest cities in the United States, with 1 in 4 of our neighbors living in poverty. That’s more than 350,000 people living on less than $26,000 a year for a family of four.

We know that The COVID-19 pandemic will most heavily impact those who already live below the poverty line and in Philadelphia, that means people of color will be most affected.

The nonprofit sector is essential for responding to community needs and addressing issues that often go overlooked. While many organizations have been able to adapt their business models as a result of the pandemic, many are still struggling.

Poverty is a complex social problem that no single policy, program or sector can solve. Change won’t happen overnight; systems change requires all of us pooling resources and working shoulder to shoulder.

1 in 4 Philadelphians live in poverty

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  • 20% or more residents below the poverty line
  • 40% or more residents below the poverty line
  • Nonresidential areas

Moving Beyond Traditional Philanthropy

Traditional philanthropy doesn’t hold itself accountable to the organizations its money reaches: emphasis is placed on the wants of investors, rather than the needs of our community. Support rarely goes beyond the check, and the skills and expertise of the people involved aren’t fully leveraged.

We know there is a better way to make an impact.

SVP is a community of Partners who are passionate about making real change happen in Philadelphia. We know that ending intergenerational poverty in Philadelphia is possible, and our Partners are eager to learn alongside and support the people who are closest to the issues to make that happen.

Expand your network, roll up your sleeves with others and help design more effective and collaborative ways to change the course of poverty in our region by working directly with local social impact organizations.

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We have an opportunity to evolve. There’s an opportunity to think about who has been left out of the picture, who has not been given the opportunity to really scale up their impact, and then provide them with the resources they need.

Sulaiman Rahman
Founder and CEO, DiverseForce
SVP Board Member and Partner

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