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New Faces Across the Network!

In April we introduced 16 new SVP staff members at 12 affiliates. Today, as I write, this group of 14 newcomers [...] Read More »

Our Report Card Is In

Every other year, SVP Investees are invited to evaluate SVP through a confidential survey. In our 2016, 73 organizations completed the survey with 96% describing their experience with SVP as excellent or good. “The best thing that has happened to me and the organization,” writes one survey participant.

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SVP Resource Center Launched!

With 40+ SVP affiliate organizations around the world there are a ton of opportunities for cross-network exchange – which is exactly why SVPI launched our brand new resource center! With adaptable brochure templates, sample financial dashboards, tried and true HR practices – and so much more – there is no reason to reinvent the wheel.

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SVPI Team Welcomes Cathy Lehman

SVP International is delighted to welcome our new director of programs and operations, Cathy Lehman! Cathy comes to SVPI with rich experience in training, operations, leading teams and working with a broad set of constituents. Find out more about Cathy's career, her theme song and the kitchen appliance she can't live without below.

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Data Dive: You'll Swim, We Promise!

The good news: data is plentiful these days. The bad: a bit of torturing is usually necessary to find the data you need. As much digging and bending as might be used to, knowing what to look for and how, plus when to use what you’ve found, is never a simple, cut and dry task. Not to worry. SVPI has your back!

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Better Teams for Deeper Impact

A lot of us describe our SVP affiliate as a family. It comes with the territory. Close community is essential to the SVP experience, and we carry that into our daily operations. What if I told you there was a tool to help you build a high-performing team based on how we interact with each other?

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Redefining ‘Partnership’ at SVP Vancouver

What do you do when your partners have all the skills of running a great business, but are missing a key ingredient to sustainably scale a nonprofit? At SVP Vancouver, 'shared services' were the answer. Enter Fundraising Trainer Amanda Burrows.

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New SVP Faces Around the Globe!

In November we introduced 20 new SVP staff members at 18 affiliates. Today, a whopping 16 more! As I write, this group of newcomers are energizing their 12 affiliates with fresh talent, skills and prowess. Rawr.

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Fancy New Curriculum & Why You Should Care

Maybe you’re sitting at your computer thinking: It’s cool. We got an onboarding series, committees, and long-term partners that help us develop our partners. (Presuming someone out there thinks in full sentences.) Well before you walk out on me, take it from Taylor, Camille and Guff. With this curriculum, you can look forward to cutting down on the stress eating, Frankenstein slide decks, and dinner table problem solving. Thank God.

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Beyond Growth – Membership Campaign Transforms SVP Culture

SVP Boulder County’s partnership grew by nearly 20 percent last year – six times their average annual growth – thanks to a campaign expertly managed by membership director, Shannon Sackmann. But the growth was just one benefit. The real triumph was how Boulder County partners transformed their relationship to recruiting and to each other.

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Notes from India: Think 10-Fold

Naren cited an Indian proverb: “Inside every seed there is a forest.” His paradigm for every individual, every investee is: How do we help it grow? Across SVP affiliates I observed this same strong belief in the worth and potential of every human, regardless of caste, gender, education or level of poverty.

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The Teeny Weeny Brochureeny

A rarity in nonprofit collateral, SVP Denver's Brochureeny not only works, but delights. The unassuming 2x3-inch business card expands to detail the culture, values and power of SVP. Originally conceived for use at TEDx Mile High, it has since become a cornerstone of SVP Denver collateral produced over the last several years.

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“Suddenly There Are No Ceilings" | SVP Cleveland's Donor Model

In 2012, SVP Cleveland did away with the $2,500 and $5,000 giving levels, transitioning to a model that encourages partners to give at whatever is a stretch for them. Total partner contributions have since grown by 71 percent. Their demographics have expanded and their overall partnership is thriving. This is how they did it.

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Creative Ways to Broadcast Your Message

The Venn diagram of NPR listeners and SVP Partners is pretty tight, so how can we inspire more of them to join our movement? Around the network folks are trying fun, easy and low-cost ways to do just that!

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The Anti-Retirement

“I didn’t have a philanthropic bone in my body,” says SVP Portland Partner Larry Fox. “And when I retired, my goal was to squeeze every ounce of self-indulgence that I could endure. Then, one night when I was going to bed, I pulled back the sheets and I thought – I was just here. And I have nothing to show for it.”

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Keeping Your Webpages Fresh by Nerding Out On Shortcode

Web content can be a bit like a buttery croissant. It goes stale fast. And unfortunately, updating your website is not nearly as tempting as a tasty pastry. So here’s a handy tool to make it easier: shortcode.

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There is Always Something to Give

While Harriet talked across the table, Priscilla Hill-Ardoin pulled the book toward her and began to read the first pages. She was jolted. "There is a reason, a power, in why they all said something like can’t not do. These people have found a cause that grabbed them and won’t let go," she read. Before the end of lunch, she committed to being one of SVP San Antonio's first partners.

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Recruiting with Style

Something we heard a lot about at the global conference this year was a desire for collateral that helps SVP stakeholders, at all levels, communicate the SVP model simply and compellingly to our communities. Here are a handful of recruiting materials that do just that for affiliates across the network.

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Template! Powerful Storytelling in a Snap

Have a great story and need a better way to tell it? This simple InDesign template was created specifically for SVP affiliates, adapted from SVP Seattle's versatile 2016 Impact Report. Accessible at SVP Connect, this design bundle comes with everything you'll need to create beautiful, on-brand, web- or print-ready collateral to boost your affiliate's success: fonts, color themes and detailed instructions on using the files.

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Hotdiggity, 20 New Staff around the World!

In the past six months, at least 20 new staff members have joined the network, from communications managers to altogether new EDs starting new affiliates! Hotdiggity, that’s bonafidedly fabulous! (Okay, I don’t even know what that means. Its noise, people. I’m making happy noise!)

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Our Reigning Ping Pong Champions! And Other Global Conference News …

Okay, so we didn’t officially keep score, but Dan Tisch and Dara Parker sure LOOK like they’re laying down some solid Canadian backspins, chops and drop shots. (And Dan was no slouch in the Skee-Ball lanes either!) Over many rounds of games and beers our global SVP family laughed, reconnected and kicked off an incredible two days of learning and inspiration.

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Why Don't People Get Our E-Newsletter?

Just the other day, a partner popped by the office to help me write a description for an event. She was looking over my shoulder at the newsletter we were about to send out and said, puzzled, “I don’t think I’m getting these.” Blerg. Not what I wanted to hear – and all too familiar.

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