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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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    Born and raised in Skagit Valley, Michelle Harden’s first job included picking berries and topping tulips. A few decades later, she is harvesting something different – great ideas for social good! Michelle joined SVP Fast Pitch as a volunteer in 2015, and we are now delighted to welcome her as our 2016 Fast Pitch Director.

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    Last week, both CBS and the New York Times ran stories about the Wounded Warrior Project and its apparent lavish spending and mismanagement. The questions and concerns raised are valid and I'm not defending any of the Wounded Warrior Project's practices or decisions. However, I do want to address the limitations of using overhead as a proxy for effectiveness.

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    After a decade of service in the community, College Access Now’s results speak for themselves. More than 99% of their students have graduated high school and been accepted into college. Of those students, 94% have gone on to enroll—twice the national average for students from low-income families, and even higher than the enrollment rates of their more advantaged peers.

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    David Bangs was all-in on the environment. His experience on SVP’s grant committee inspired more than a decade of giving and angel investing. Then in 2013, David joined the first cohort of SVP's Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellows to deepen his impact. What he discovered next surprised him.

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    Team Read's website was old. Really old. "Before giving people our web address, I used to tell them please, don’t judge the quality of our programs by the quality of our website," explains Executive Director, Maureen Massey.

    What was a solid site in 2008, now looked woefully outdated and it was getting in the way of Team Read’s fundraising and growth. They needed a site that matched their outstanding program, so Maureen joined forces with a cadre of committed and skilled SVP volunteers.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partners Reception

    February 24, 2016 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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    Providing Food for Those in Need: A Family Service Project

    February 20, 2016 1:00 pm

    Please join fellow SVP partners and their children (age 6 and older) sorting, labeling or repackaging food for the hungry in Food Lifeline’s huge Shoreline Volunteer Repack Center.

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    SVP Network Leadership Retreat

    April 25, 2016 8:30 am

    The issues SVP addresses are underpinned by persistent, systemic inequities. More and more, we’re coming to realize that in order to tackle education or environmental challenges, we must be better equipped to address disparities in opportunity and access. As strategic philanthropists, we have an important role to play to ensure that no one is stopped from fully contributing due to systemic biases, and the SVP Leadership Retreat will give you the tools to get started.

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