Are you an investor seeking opportunities with a social impact?
Are you a socially-conscious company or organization that seeks investment?
Consider partnering with SVP Denver.
About the SIIG
Social Venture Partners Denver (SVP Denver) partner-members are philanthropists who collaborate with Colorado foundations to unleash the next generation of givers and improve the lives of those who struggle most in the Denver metro area. Our Social Impact Investor Group (SIIG) meets on a quarterly basis to collaborate and learn from one another. Our investments are traditionally in the form of a low interest loan or an equity investment.
Only current SVP Denver partner-members may participate in SIIG meetings and, in most cases, investments they choose to make are from their personal funds, not a pooled fund. For more information about becoming an SVP Denver partner and joining the SIIG, e-mail us.
SIIG Investee Application Process
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis to present to our SVP Denver SIIG partners.
Please review the criteria below to understand what we typically invest in. After considering how strongly a proposal aligns with our core values, we evaluate each request according to the following criteria:
- Soundness of fiscal, strategic, governance and program-delivery practices.
- Past success, demonstrated impact or strong potential for impact.
- Use of evaluation to assess progress toward goals.
- Uniqueness of programs or services.
Organizations selected for consideration will be notified by email and asked to participate in a one-on-one virtual discussion to better understand your organization, project goals and financial request. If we have determined that your organization is a good fit, you will present at a quarterly SIIG meeting. If there is sufficient interest within the SIIG, due diligence will begin. A lead SVP Denver partner or organizational strategic partner may lead due diligence. In some cases, we rely on funder allies or foundations who collaborate with SVP Denver to nominate organizations from their own portfolios and share their diligence materials with us. This lessens the burden for nonprofits and allows SVP Denver partners to learn how to conduct due diligence from experienced philanthropy professionals. If due diligence is successful and individual SVP Denver SIIG funders elect to invest, formal investment documentation will be completed.
What We Look for In SIIG Investees
- Qualified Organization = your organization is a public benefit corporation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or is operating under a similar fiscal agent. We consider investments in for-profit companies on a case-by-case basis if you meet the impact criteria below.
- Operating in the Denver Metro Region = you are located within and/or providing 51% or more of your services within Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and/or Jefferson counties.
- Mission = Your services are targeted at basic human needs or economic mobility e.g. housing, food security, education, job training, financial stability, barriers to financial growth, COVID-19 impact mitigation. This list is not all inclusive of areas that may be considered.
- Impact = You understand or have a clear path to measure how your services meet a community need. You have metrics that quantify this impact.
- Investment Ask = Debt – you seek a $50,000 to $150,000 loan for a one- to five-year term at a discounted interest rate (e.g. 0 to 2.5%) or Equity – you seek an equity investment of $50,000 to $150,000 via any number of vehicles (a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE), for example) with liquidity anticipated in the next two to seven years
- Financial Stability = over the past three years, your organization has shown consistent financial stability, or you have a credible plan demonstrating continued operations as well as growth. We consider several stages of companies; pre-revenue, post revenue, pre-profit and profitable.
- Inclusiveness and Equity = your organization, like SVP Denver, prioritizes improving the lives of historically-oppressed people living in metro Denver. We seek to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, as well as economic disparities. We support organizations that share our core values of racial equity and community leadership. Your organization must embody values, policies and practices that ensure all stakeholders are engaged equitably.
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