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Sara Olsen

Sara Olsen

Founding Partner, SVT Group

Nothing drives Sara Olsen crazier than funders and investors, who mean to help, accidentally preventing organizations from solving social and environmental problems by confusing outputs that are easy to count with true impact. Captivated by the idea that one day investors could understand not only their financial return on investment but also their social returns, she started SVT Group, the first impact management firm, in 2001. SVT has gone on to train nearly 6,000 individuals in impact management skills and assess the social and environmental value of over $9Bn in assets.

Do you wish your social or environmental value made it easier to obtain resources? Do you want your peers to do things the way you do them because it would make the world better?  SVT Group has specialized in bringing answers to these questions for the last 17 years.

SVT’s diverse and inspiring clients include Yo Yo Ma, Ciudad Saludable, Beneficial State Bank, and CalPERS’ Environmental Investment Advisor. SVT’s work has improved the way these clients assess impact, and created direct streams of previously hidden value for their organizations.

SVT Group is a “best for the world” certified B corporation and impact management firm that designs and implements systems to measure, manage and communicate social and ecological impact. SVT serves asset owners, managers and advisors deploying private equity, debt and grants, and the entrepreneurs and executives whose organizations transform this type of capital into high impact and return on investment.

Recognized twice as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by Bloomberg Businessweek for her work defining and growing the impact management discipline, Sara is the methodology co-chair for Social Value International, “the professional home for people working to change the way society accounts for value,” and founding board member of Social Value United States, the US chapter of SVI.

Twitter: @svtgroup @smolsen.
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-olsen-03364