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SVP is a philanthropic organization, but we do more than give away money.

We connect people who want to give back and the nonprofits that make change possible – cultivating effective philanthropists and strong organizations that deliver greater impact, together.

Side by side, we will reach a day when all kids receive an excellent education and all people live and work in a healthy environment.

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    After two months of practicing and polishing their presentations, SVP's 2016 Fast Pitch Finalists are getting ready for the big day -- the Final Showdown. Meet the final 14 below and cheer them on at McCaw Hall on October 25 where they will pitch their endeavors to a panel of eminent judges, impact investors and hundreds of community members.

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    Lisa got the call at 10:30 on a warm July night. Sara was in labor. Caught off-guard, Lisa panicked slightly. She had been out for drinks with friends and didn’t feel safe driving to the hospital. Luckily, the woman on the other end of the line assured her the birth was hours off. Heading straight home, Lisa packed her gear. Tomorrow would be a first.

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    Looking back at Sound Discipline’s first year with SVP, somehow the road ahead is what comes into focus. Last spring, their team joined SVP Partners Bill Skilton, Joanna Stewart and Lead Partner Dave Thompson in building a five-year business plan that makes room for questions on everything from scaling to scope of services.

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    Ever wonder what it’s like to volunteer as a lead partner for an SVP Investee? Rich Gary has worked with Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC) for the past three years. In that time TCC helped reduce transit fare for low-income riders and expand the light rail from downtown Seattle to the University District.

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    “I will be up on that stage next year,” said Tanya Anderson (age six) to her mother once Tchaikovsky’s final dramatic notes and the subsequent applause had died down. The Pacific Northwest Ballet had just concluded the Nutcracker and Tanya, who had been in dance classes since she was two, was ready for a new challenge.

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    Does your nonprofit help kids get a great start in life and enter kindergarten ready to succeed? Do you want to take your work to the next level? Maybe we can help! SVP is awarding one $30k grant with the intention of developing a multi-year partnership to help strengthen a local nonprofit.

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    Featured Events

    SVP Global Conference

    October 20 @ 4:00 pm

    “I met with great people, wonderful people – people with good hearts and willing to contribute to the world.”

    We hear this again and again from conference participants who gather each year to be inspired, challenged and engaged with those who share their passion for positive change. Join us for three days packed with stellar speakers, engaging workshops and tons of open time for swapping ideas with change-makers from around the globe.

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    SVP Fast Pitch Finals

    October 25 @ 5:00 pm

    If you are looking for a jolt of inspiration and optimism for the future you won't want to miss this exhilarating event where great ideas for good are in the spotlight!

    Fourteen social sector leaders and innovators will take the stage at McCaw Hall to pitch their endeavors to a panel of eminent judges, impact investors and hundreds of community members. The pitches were honed over four months of coaching, practice and competition, so they are compelling and quick -- you'll wonder where the time went!

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    Prospective Partner Reception

    November 10 @ 6:30 pm

    Are you looking for a way to give back and make a positive change in our community and world? Join SVP Partners at one of our upcoming receptions to explore how SVP can help you realize greater impact with your giving and volunteer time!

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