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Bolstering emerging initiatives tackling the root cause of pressing social problems in Los Angeles


Our Systems Change Accelerator is a nine-month intensive program designed to accelerate the growth and impact of a cohort of systems change initiatives in Los Angeles County. The Accelerator blends workshops, coaching, peer learning, and 1:1 mentoring to support nonprofit leaders in strengthening their infrastructure, increasing relationships and resources, honing and amplify their voice, and integrating core values of equity and innovation. We’ve found that supporting these foundational elements uniquely accelerate an organization’s ability to create systemic community impact.

We define systems change as work that tackles the root causes of pressing social problems. Systems change efforts (1) acknowledge the complex, interrelated political/social/economic factors contributing to a social problem, as well as the applicant organization’s role in this ecosystem, and (2) seek to address the underlying policies, processes, relationships, behaviors, and power structures that are contributing to the problem.

We see an opportunity to create exponential positive change in Los Angeles through this focus on root causes, by channeling the unique skills, networks, and expertise of the cohort and our SVP Partners (our donor volunteers with deep experience in private sector, government, and nonprofit leadership) in support of these endeavors. 

The program will run from October 2018 to June 2019, and will include participation in SVP’s signature Fast Pitch Program. All participating organizations will receive an unrestricted seed grant of $10,000 and will be eligible for additional cash prizes through the Fast Pitch portion of the program. 

See our current 2018-2019 Accelerator Cohort list



Applications open Fall 2019



We welcome you to email us if you have any questions about eligibility, program participation requirements, or the application.

CONTACT: Sharon Stratton, Social Venture Partners | Email: