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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 day when all kids receive an excellent education and all people live and work in a healthy environment.

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  • What We're Talking About

    Philanthropy is often asked to define itself in tangible outcomes – hard numbers that tell us we are making decent progress on the daunting societal challenges in our community. As I pack up my pristinely organized desk at SVP after seven years in preparation for joining the Seattle Foundation’s team later this summer, I’m reflecting on the numbers that stand out to me.

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    Not long after stepping off the bus at 32nd and Myrtle in South Beacon Hill, I can hear children playing just beyond a row of tall hedges. Turn the corner, and I’m standing “monkey in the middle” to a few boys throwing a football. It’s break time at SVP Seattle’s newest multi-year investee, East African Community Services.

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    Over the last year, SVP’s Environment Collective Action Team has invested $110,000 to advance environmental and transit solutions that benefit all people. They focused specifically on initiatives and organizations that engage and represent the needs of low-income people and communities of color – recognizing that they are often disproportionately affected by environmental degradation.

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    Over the next 10 to 15 years, Washington is expected to grow by more than a million residents, compounding existing threats – from further displacement of vulnerable populations to increased greenhouse emissions. The complexity of the issues at hand require an integrated approach, which is why SVP is honored to support Futurewise as our newest multi-year investee.

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    This year, SVP’s Education Collective Action Team maintained its focus on parent engagement and English Language Learners, which was informed by significant research, local need, SVP’s commitment to equity and past success. Last year’s investments exceeded expectations and highlighted rich opportunities for re-investment. Check out our 2016 grants below!

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    Last fall, Social Venture Kids members Amiya, Ben, Courtney, Elaine, Fina, Matt, Perry and Rose decided they wanted to do something to help youth who face homelessness. They did research, raised money, invited and reviewed grant proposals, visited local nonprofits and ultimately gave $7,500 in grants.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partner Reception

    September 29, 2016 6:30 pm

    What change do you want to see in your community? Are there people and resources out there that could help you achieve it? Maybe we can help! Join a few SVP Partners at the home of Andrew Conru to explore how SVP can help you realize greater impact with your giving.

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    SVP Global Conference

    October 20, 2016 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, 2016 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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