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Social Venture Partners Boston Expands Board to Nine Members

New Board Members Jennifer Gilbert, Marva Serotkin, and Tim Smith Bring Non-Profit Experience and Passion for Innovative Philanthropy

BOSTON—June 30, 2016 | Social Venture Partners Boston is excited to announce the addition of Jennifer Gilbert of North Cambridge, Marva Serotkin of Newton, and Tim Smith of Jamaica Plain to its Board of Directors.

Social Venture Partners Boston brings its members (called Partners)—highly skilled professionals at various levels of their careers—together for engaged philanthropy. SVP Boston’s innovative model of engaged philanthropy maximizes its partners’ impact by pooling their resources for more impactful financial giving, and delivering to grantees the benefit of its members’ professional expertise, time, and contacts, helping grantees achieve their growth goals.

With the addition of three new board members, SVP Boston’s Board expands from eight to nine members. The decision to expand is a reflection of SVP Boston’s ambitions for a quickly growing partnership and plans to continue developing a variety of meaningful opportunities for members to engage with the community and each other, while maximizing the positive impact on its grantees, and thus, the Boston area.

Jennifer Gilbert photoJennifer Gilbert, of North Cambridge, is a principal at VIVA Consulting and Director of the Kuehn Foundation. Gilbert has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofits on real estate development, planning and organizational development. She has been a member of SVP for four years, and helped to develop SVP Boston’s “Fund Development University,” a program dedicated to providing nonprofits with focused capacity building and fundraising training.

Says Gilbert: “It’s been wonderful to see the impact Funding University has had on our investees. They get a lot out of it and continue to come back, which shows that they really see the value in it. And I’ve learned how to be a good donor, too, and to give in ways that will really help the receiving organization achieve its goals.”

Tim Headshot (002)Tim Smith, a recent transplant from San Francisco to Jamaica Plain, is the Director of Innovation & Partnerships at The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, where he works closely with companies and individuals in the innovation economy. Prior to joining The Boston Foundation, Smith was CEO of Full Circle Fund, the SVP affiliate in San Francisco.

Says Smith: “SVP Boston’s innovative model of philanthropy enables us to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists. I look forward to increasing the diversity of our membership and developing effective ways to educate SVP Boston’s partners more deeply about issues affecting our community.”

Marva Serotkin Head ShotMarva Serotkin, of Newton, is the President and CEO of The Boston Home, a nationally recognized residence and center of excellence for adults with progressive neurological diseases, primarily Multiple Sclerosis. Serotkin also founded The Boston Home Institute, the research, education and advocacy arm of the organization. Serotkin has experience on a number of nonprofit boards, including as the current Board Chair of the Codman Square Health Center. Through her work in public health, Serotkin has worked with numerous political and nonprofit leaders in the Boston area.

Says Serotkin, “I was attracted to SVP Boston because of its entrepreneurial nature and investment model for philanthropy. Everyone wants to feel engaged, to feel like they are making a difference. I want to help SVP Boston’s members connect with projects that will excite them and to see the results of their contributions.”

Dan Ross, SVP Boston Board Chair, says, “Jennifer, Tim, and Marva will complement the skills and experience of our continuing Board members, and help us to drive our continued growth by attracting new partners, deepening our impact with grantees, and increasing our visibility in the Boston community. We appreciate the passion and enthusiasm of all of the Partners that were nominated to serve on the Board, and look forward to broadening our engagement with all Partners in SVP Boston.”

SVP Boston Board members serve three-year terms, with the opportunity to serve two terms. The Board meets between six to eight times a year, and is responsible for financial oversight, setting SVP Boston’s strategic direction, and developing SVP Boston’s connections with the community.

SVP Boston supports local nonprofits to ensure every child and young adult succeeds in school and beyond with 3-year general operating grants and access to its highly skilled members, who can offer expertise in a variety of areas, such as human resources, financial management, communications, technology, and board governance.  Letters of Interest for the next funding cycle are currently being accepted through September 7, 2016.

SVP Boston’s current grantees are:

  • My Life My Choice, which empowers vulnerable youth to be agents of change in their own lives and in the movement to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Families First Parenting Programs, which promote the secure and nurturing parent-child relationships that are the foundation of every child’s well-being and future success. It does so by providing parenting workshop series exclusively to clients of their partner organizations: schools, early education centers, and social service organizations around the Greater Boston area, in Brockton, and in Lynn.
  • Silver Lining Mentoring (formerly Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring) empowers youth in foster care to flourish through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. Silver Lining Mentoring provides a targeted, specialized mentoring service for young people who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.
  • Bottom Line, which helps low-income and first-generation-to-college youth get into, and graduate from, college.
  • Union Capital Boston, a mobile-based loyalty program for low-income families that provides social and financial service rewards in exchange for community involvement in schools, health centers, and civic programs.


High Resolution Photos and Interviews available upon request. Contact Darcy Madden at dmadden@svpboston.org or (617) 221-6163.

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About Social Venture Partners Boston

A powerful model for giving, Social Venture Partners Boston fuels nonprofit success. Made up of smart people who volunteer to share their connections and give their time, money, and mind power, Social Venture Partners propels Boston’s most promising nonprofits forward. As these nonprofits are infused with greatly needed resources, they grow to serve more low-income children and families in Boston and beyond. In return, Social Venture Partners’ volunteers receive the intellectual, social, and emotional rewards that come from working together and contributing their money and minds to help others. The powerful result is real and lasting social change. Different from more traditional philanthropy or typical corporate volunteer programs, Social Venture Partners’ volunteers give it all – time, skills, networks, and their own financial contributions of at least $5,500 each year. This all-in approach generates a new model of philanthropic investment: engaged philanthropy. A nonprofit itself, the Boston chapter has over 80 partners – highly skilled professionals from nearly every industry sector, for-profit and nonprofit alike. It is one of 39 chapters and 3,500 members that make up the global Social Venture Partners network. For more information visit http://www.socialventurepartners.org/boston/