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Collective Impact Fund

SVP Denver pools money from our community to offer unrestricted grants of up to $10,000 to social mission organizations with innovative solutions to health and economic inequities in Denver. 

Get Support for Your Organization

We’re looking for organizations that match some / all of the following:

  • For-Profit Social Enterprise or Nonprofit

  • Based in Colorado (priority for Denver Metro / Front Range)
  • Annual revenue between $0 and $3M
  • Focus on addressing health and economic inequities
  • Using an innovative approach or expanding access

  • Priority for organizations led by individuals with deep ties and lived experience with the community/issue

Dates and Timing:

We currently make grants 2X per year in the Summer and Winter. See our application page for upcoming deadlines. 

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Support the Fund

Support the Collective Impact Fund by sharing your time or making a donation. You can participate in one or both!


Join the Community Review Committee 

Participate in an engaging, community-driven process to decide which organizations should receive grants. You will: 

  • Join a learning session about our apporach and trust-based philanthropy principles
  • Review 10-15 grant applications, paired with 1-2 other reviewers
  • Participate in a democratic group process to decide which organizations will receive funding
  • Get invited to community celebration alongside grantees
  • Total time commitment: 6-10 hours


Donate

Make a tax deductible donation to the fund to support local social mission organizations. You will: 

  • Amplify the impact of your donation by pooling funds with other community members
  • Get insights on the impactful local organizations that apply
  • Join our community celebration to meet organization leaders and like-minded community members

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HOW IT WORKS

Our Process

1. Organizations Apply

Click the button below to complete our quick application – average 20-30 minutes!

2. Committee Review

A group of donors and community members reviews, prioritizes and determines how to allocate funds.  

3. Award & Celebrate

SVP Denver awards funds and invites everyone to a community celebration to connect and highlight impactful work. 

WHY WE DO IT

Our Approach and Values

Our Collective Impact Fund is a trust-based and community-driven way to support great local organization. Here’s what that means to us and why we take this approach.

Simple Application Process

The process of applying for grants is often far too complicated – especially for small checks – and causes social mission organizations to waste a lot of time. Our application typically takes organizations 20-30 minutes total. We believe we can still collect meaningful background on the work organization’s are doing in community while also respecting their valuable time. 

Unrestricted Funding

We ask organizations to tell us about a specific initiative that they are working on to advance health and economic equity. However, the grants we make have no restrictions on how funds are used. We choose to trust the leaders of organizations we invest in to use the funds how and when they think will be best.

Shifting Power to Community

SVP Denver has created a general framework and approach for making decisions about awarding grants. However, the final decisions are made by our Community Review Committee. Individuals do not have to be donors to contribute and we’re continuing to improve our process, outreach and approach to ensure the Committee brings a variety of perspectives and lived experiences.

Going Beyond the Check

In addition to unrestricted funds, SVP Denver offers free, high quality support opportunities through our training programs. We also offer opportunities for organizations to share their stories and gain valuable exposure for their work.

WHO WE SUPPORT

Meet some of the organizations we’ve worked with

MISSION-DRIVEN ORGS (NONPROFITS & FOR-PROFITS)

< $3M REVENUE (MOST < $1 M)

>  DENVER METRO AREA

>  ORGS WITH LEADERSHIP WHO HAVE LIVED CONNECTIONS TO THE ISSUE

What Social Mission Organizations say about their experience

“You have given us the tools needed and a good foundation for crafting and presenting a winning pitch to investors, customers and partners. Each and every one of you have been instrumental with preparing our group to create and deliver a (tailored) pitch with passion.”

Lori Collier
Program Manager, African Leadership Group

“We gained a tremendous amount from this cohort—having external unaltered feedback from various people with key components to keep in mind has strengthened our approach greatly!”

Brigid McRaith
Executive Director, Mile High Youth Corps

“I think the cohort probably saved us a year in terms of understanding what we do and why and for whom.”

Mike Rosol
Free Range Beehives

Frequently asked questions

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How often is this support provided? Are there deadlines?

Keep an eye on our main programs page for updates on application deadlines! We typically review applications during set program cycles in the Summer and Fall so we can assess which organizations are the right fit and manage an equitable selection process. 

How long will it take for us to get investment?

It tyically takes ~2 months from the application deadline to grant awards being made. 

 

My organization participated/applied previously. Do we need to do the application again?

Yes, but we make it much simpler. When filling out the application, you can indicate if you applied or paticipated in an SVP Denver program in the past 12 months. You will be automatically redirected to a short update form (which will take 5-10 minutes to complete).

What experience do you need to participate on the Community Review Committee?

There’s no formal experience of any kind needed. We welcome folks from a variety of lived and professional experiences to particpate. All we ask is that you approach the process with an open mind, follow through on the commitment and help us create an incluseive, equitable process.