IGNITE Office Space Contestant, SVP Dallas - WorkLodge

IGNITE Office Space Contestant, SVP Dallas

Official 2019 IGNITE Office Space Contestant, Prisma Garcia with SVP Dallas

Year Established: 1999

Outreach Type: Capacity Building, Collective Impact Projects, Leadership Development, Grant-making

Give a brief history of your nonprofit’s story. Please include how and why it was established, and who has been involved.

Our goal is to connect and engage individuals, helping them make the greatest impact with their philanthropic giving and the volunteering of their expertise and professional skills to increase the capacity of social impact organizations. We have a large portfolio of organizations we work with and we add 5 organizations a year. SVP was established 20 years ago as a fund/project at the Dallas Foundation. SVP came from the need to teach business leaders more about social impact and innovation. It is a necessary organization in the space to help organizations do the best work possible for those most in need. We seek out innovative models that create opportunities to disrupt and transform systems. We are recognized as a critical catalyst for change in the social impact community.

What outreach or services does your nonprofit offer?

We offer pro-bono consulting for social impact organizations. We also have a leadership development program for young professionals called the Dana Juett Residency. We offer advisory and mentoring to emerging philanthropists so that we can elevate more organizations doing good in the city.

What is your ultimate goal for your nonprofit?

Our goal is to tackle Dallas’ largest problems by addressing the root causes. In order to do that, we have to bring different sectors together to work on the city’s greatest challenges. SVP believes that every person deserves an equal opportunity at success created by the removal of barriers such as lack of educational, healthcare, transportation, housing, or personal safety. The Greater Dallas area thrives when its most vulnerable/least powerful residents are empowered to live their best and fullest lives.

– Prisma Garcia, Director of Capacity Building of SVP Dallas