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SVP Origin Story

It was 1994, and Paul Brainerd was out of a job. He had just sold his software company, Aldus Corporation, to Adobe. PageMaker, the desktop publishing program his company created, had revolutionized printing and publishing—and left him an unexpected millionaire. Read More »

Right Place, Right Time - RedLine and SVP Partner Anastasia Toomey

When it comes to fostering education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social [...] Read More »

Elycia Cook: A Fundraising Edge

Elycia Cook, executive director of Friends First, had a light bulb go off when she was getting her car repaired. Result: a donation from the company and a subsequent fundraising breakthrough. She credits a class from SVP Denver's Leadership Edge in getting her going. Read More »

Most Significant Change - Bennie E. Goodwin After School Academic Program

SVP and the 2015-2016 Investee Bennie E. Goodwin After School Academic Program identified a number of projects they could collaborate on to help the after-school program move forward. Read their Most Significant Change story to see how they went from a "pen-and-paper" organization to one that lives in the cloud. Read More »

The Story of James

This is the story of a high school senior named James* who is currently a mentor in the FRIENDS FIRST STARS program. According to Anesha, FRIENDS FIRST Program Coordinator and James’ mentor, “Despite the personal challenges James faces, he is one of my strongest mentors. He is extremely involved and relatable to his mentees. He has such a heart for learning and for supporting those he mentors.” Read More »

Meet 2016 Investee FRIENDS FIRST

As part of a partnership between SVP Denver and Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation, FRIENDS FIRST has been selected as a 2016 Investee. FRIENDS FIRST's mission is to educate and mentor teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships. Read More »

Meet 2016 Investee Westwood Unidos

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Meet 2016 Investee Sun Valley Youth Center

By Kris Rollerson, Sun Valley Youth Center Executive Director At Sun Valley Youth Center we are committed to [...] Read More »

2015 Investee - Clothes to Kids Denver

2015 Investee Clothes to Kids Denver has provided more than 23,000 wardrobes to low-income and in-crisis students in Pre-K through 12th grade since opening its doors in 2008. With an expanded service area, they are poised for big growth and increased impact. SVP Denver is helping. Read More »

2015 Investee - Family Promise of Greater Denver

Family Promise of Greater Denver began as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1997, and has provided shelter, food, supportive services, showers and laundry facilities to more than 1,000 homeless families. Read More »

Partner Spotlight - Julie Lerudis

Julie Lerudis, Grants Program Director at the Boettcher Foundation, was our first new Partner in 2015. Julie loves working, volunteering and spending time with individuals and troups who desire to make the world a better place. Read More »

BuCu West - A Great Investee

In November 2013, through a referral from The Denver Foundation, SVP Denver Partners engaged in an amazing six-month capacity building project with the BuCu West Development Association, a local non-profit with a mission to create a destination that promotes and supports entrepreneurs, small business, cultural organizations and residences in an authentic, energetic and colorful environment. Read More »

Partner Spotlight - Joanne Bennett

Welcome Joanne Bennett to SVP Denver! After joining in May, Joanne Bennett has been a very active Partner. We at SVP wanted to get to know Joanne better and learn more about what motivates her. Read More »

Partner Spotlight - Autumn Krauss

A self-proclaimed "Nerd of Sentis" and a lover of local sustainable agriculture, Autumn Krauss joined SVP Denver in June 2014. We wanted to get to know our newest Partner better. Read More »

Playworks - Reviving Recess in Colorado

The Challenge Time spent on the playground in recess is often the most memorable part of being in grade school. [...] Read More »

America SCORES Impact

A Proven Model Ready to Scale America SCORES Denver inspires urban youth to lead healthy lives and be [...] Read More »

Project PAVE Impact

SVP Investee Project PAVE envisions a world without domestic abuse, generational and dating violence. SVP Partners worked with PAVE in 2012 to increase their collaboration with other nonprofits and make their programs more effective... Read More »

OpenWorld Learning Project Takes Flight

All of our Capacity Building Teams are in "full swing" with their respective nonprofit Investee projects. We are [...] Read More »

SVP Investee Named Slow Money Entrepreneur of the Year

Revision International is up to some amazing things, using local models to create a global impact in the organic food movement. And they've just been recognized in a big way. Read More »

Partner Spotlight - Jeff Ambs

New to Denver, Jeff Ambs found SVP was a great way to learn about the issues affecting residents in the area, connect with peers, and use his skills to give back to the community. Hear his story! Read More »

One Success Story- Environmental Learning for Kids

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) has a variety of programs that provide opportunities for under-served youth in Denver to experience the great Colorado outdoors, ignite curiosity and inspire youth in their academic studies, explore career options, gain work experience in the natural resource and... Read More »

Susan Sullivan: King County’s Youth Connector

When Susan and Bill joined SVP, she wanted to volunteer, but couldn’t find a good fit. SVP focuses on strengthening nonprofits in areas like board development, technology, human resources, leadership, and so forth. Susan didn’t feel she had the right expertise to volunteer in these areas, and so she held off, focusing on her family. Read More »

One Partner’s Journey

After leaving Microsoft in 2000, I knew I wasn't ready to retire and I wanted to find meaningful work that gave me satisfaction. Given how fortunate I was for having worked at Microsoft, I was looking for the right opportunity that would allow me to give back to the community. I heard about Social Venture Partners, and was immediately interested... Read More »

Choosing Her Own Path: Cheryl Edmonds’ Story

To say Cheryl Edmonds’ life has been a long and winding road to becoming an Encore Fellow would be an understatement. At various times an art store owner, children’s dress designer, engineer, psychology student, and non-profit executive, she has never been one to get stuck in a rut. Read More »