Together, we’ll build something different.

To reduce poverty in our city, we must reimagine how giving is done and our own role to play. We’re moving beyond traditional philanthropy by adopting a Trust-Based model, which means giving unrestricted, multi-year funding and streamlined paperwork so our investees are freed up to concentrate on their mission. We focus on open communication to minimize power imbalances and help move the work forward.

It doesn’t stop there. We know that the more aware we are of the challenges, the more effective we can be in supporting the solutions. So we’re taking the time to listen and learn.

2021 Investment Cycle

In 2021, our Partners worked together to design and launch our first multi-year investment cycle using the tenets of Trust Based Philanthropy. We know that Philadelphians of color are disproportionately impacted by the systems that produce poverty, and we know that those closest to these issues have unique experience, insights, and ability to change them. So, we designed this opportunity specifically for organizations led by and serving Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC).

We are thrilled to announce our investment in three incredible nonprofits, who are each working to reduce poverty and expand opportunity in Philadelphia through systems change. Over the next three years, we will invest a total of $600,000 in funding and additional capacity building support from our Partner network to these organizations.

Resilient Coders

Resilient Coders

Resilient Coders teaches young people from traditionally underserved communities how to code. We do this as a way of aligning them with a lucrative and meaningful career path. It's a multi-tiered program that funnels students from an 8-week Bootcamp, into a Fellowship with Resilient Lab, and ultimately into tech job placements with companies across the greater Boston and Philadelphia areas. For more information visit

Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP)

Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP)

Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) is a multi-racial, community-based organization committed to social and economic equity for low-income women and their families. For almost 35 years, WCRP has worked to address Philadelphia’s affordable housing crisis by advocating for long-term systemic change while simultaneously providing concrete services and housing opportunities. Core to our success has been the leadership of our constituents — primarily low-income women of color — who sit on WCRP’s board and committees and both shape and participate in our programs and campaigns. WCRP is unique in the extent of our commitment to the city’s poorest residents — often left behind in the affordable housing world — and for the blend of strategies we employ to achieve our mission. For more information, visit

Center for Black Educator Development

Center for Black Educator Development

Center for Black Educator Development seeks to reclaim power and honor the legacy we inherited from those who struggled to commit the deeply subversive, ultimately liberating, act of teaching. Launched in June 2019, the Center for Black Educator Development is revolutionizing education by dramatically increasing the number of Black educators so that low-income Black and other disenfranchised students can reap the full benefits of a quality public education. For more information, visit

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Racial Justice Grants

We believe structural racism is a direct root cause of poverty. In 2020, we saw countless moments of injustice: the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black Americans. In response to this public display of a historical pattern of violence, we knew we needed to take an active stance against racial injustice. In the Fall of 2020, we invested more than $30,000 in funds and additional beyond-the-dollars support to three grassroots organizations focused on racial justice organizing, led by and serving people of color in Philadelphia.

The Girls Justice League

The Girls Justice League

The Girls Justice League (GJL) is a girls’ rights organization dedicated to taking action for social, political, educational, and economic justice with and for girls and young women. GJL uses multiple mediums to tell girls’ stories, disseminate research that accurately describes girls’ current realities and social justice organizing toward a different future for all girls.

The Racial Justice Organizing Committee

The Racial Justice Organizing Committee

The Racial Justice Organizing Committee is a group of activists and advocates, working towards the abolition of white supremacy and racism in all of the ways it presents in our communities and schools.

The Philadelphia Black Women’s Health Alliance

The Philadelphia Black Women’s Health Alliance

The Philadelphia Black Women’s Health Alliance works to improve health care outcomes and reduce health disparities for African American and other minority women and their families through advocacy, education, research and support services.

Partner Education

At SVP we know that the more we understand the issues, the better and more effectively we can support the solutions. We offer our Partners plenty of learning opportunities along the way, including curated educational programming to help them better understand the causes SVP is supporting and become more effective in their giving.

While shaping our strategy, SVP Philadelphia synthesized publicly available data into a research report. The report was informed by stakeholders from key sectors to ensure that we were maintaining an inclusive and collaborative framework, and that we were examining fundamental questions about poverty in our city and its root causes.

Some key takeaways include:

  • 26% of the population — over 400,000 Philadelphians — live below the poverty line;
  • More than one-third of children in Philadelphia live in poverty;
  • Black, Indigenous, and other Philadelphians of color are disproportionately impacted by the systems that produce poverty

Some of the main drivers of poverty in our region include:

  • Loss of earning power
  • Criminal justice policies
  • Limited access to education
  • Discriminatory housing practices

Being a Partner means to always be willing to learn more about how to be a part of the solution to address poverty in our city.

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

“At SVP Philadelphia, we are committed to understanding the barriers that make eradicating poverty so complex. Our model is designed for SVP Partners to not only invest our time and resources, but to learn as much as we can from the wisdom of the leaders on the ground, and to become champions for their work.”

Jen Gleason
Managing Director of SVP Philadelphia

Jen Gleason