When asked what sets SVPTB apart from competitors, Rebekah Heppner, Executive Director said, “human capital.” After careful vetting, Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay partners with select nonprofits for multi-year capacity building projects. The organization’s goal is to leave them stronger from a business standpoint so that they can accomplish more to fulfill their social service missions.
SVPTB is currently in the process of carefully vetting not-for-profit organizations for their next investee. Their partners will gather on November 12 to select from three finalists. One finalist is Ready for Life, an organization that serves youth aging out of foster care in Pinellas County.
The organization is affiliated with the Social Venture Partners Network. Rebekah Heppner, SVPTB founder first contacted the network office in April 2013 and began talking to other community-minded people in Tampa Bay that summer. By November of 2013, a group of seven had committed to form an affiliate of the Network and created a fund in the Community Foundation to hold donations.
The organization’s local founder and current executive director, Rebekah Heppner, lives in (and loves) St. Petersburg. While most of their current partners live in Tampa, as they continue to grow, SVPTB believes the St. Pete community will embrace this new model of philanthropy, enabling them to serve more organizations in St. Pete - and in all of Tampa Bay.
To learn more about SVPTB, visit their website at http://www.socialventurepartners.org/tampa-bay/.