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Going Beyond Philanthropy

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 community where all kids receive an excellent education and all people live and work in a healthy environment.

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    In the last 12 months, SVP has invested more than $1 million in organizations that make our world a better place. Click the link below to check out the outstanding nonprofits, projects, and social enterprises we have the honor of supporting!

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    The alarm goes off. I pull the covers over my head. Mom is yelling, “Jason, why aren’t you out of bed yet?” I have to get dressed and my jeans are in the laundry. I know I should have checked last night and now I’m mad at myself. I’m running late. Now Mom is yelling about breakfast and the bus. Sheesh!

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    The value of Communities In Schools of Seattle's work is most clearly understood through Tiara's story. Tiara transferred into a local middle school in seventh grade. She was often absent, so a CIS site coordinator started to get to know her, and then suddenly she missed two weeks in a row. Concerned, the site coordinator called Tiara’s home, then visited the address on file to find that the family had been evicted from their apartment.

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    SVP’s Environment Collective Action Team is committed to environmental work that benefits ALL people, and this year they invested $100,000 in pursuit of this goal. Each of their decisions was made in concert with other funders – increasing the overall impact of their investments and setting a strong example for collaborative grant-making.

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    Parents are our first teachers, our homes the first classrooms, and our early experiences the foundation for our success in school and beyond. That is why SVP is honored to invest in Southwest Youth and Family Services. They serve the whole family through a wide range of programs, reaching those who are most vulnerable due to economic hardship, language barriers, or isolation in a new country.

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    This year, SVP’s Education Collective Action Team provided $112,000 in grants to support organizations working together to improve education for all kids. From parent engagement to rapid response grants for emerging opportunities, we are proud to announce our support for six organizations and projects.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partners Reception

    September 16, 2015 6:30 pm

    Are you passionate about making a difference in your community? Join us to explore how SVP can connect you with others on that same journey!

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    SVP Conference 2015

    October 22, 2015 8:00 am

    This year, SVP’s global network will be converging right here in Seattle! Hear from inspiring speakers like New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof and fellow Pulitzer-prize winner, Sheryl WuDunn, attend engaging workshops, and chat with SVP Partners from around the world!

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    SVP Fast Pitch Finals

    October 27, 2015 5:00 pm

    Please join us in supporting the hard work of our 14 Fast Pitch finalists who will pitch their great ideas for good live at McCaw Hall! Finalists will pitch a panel of eminent judges and impact investors to win a portion of up to $375,000 of grants and investments. Pitches are fascinating, well-delivered, and quick – you’ll wonder where the time went!

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