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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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    Sophorn Sim’s living room was packed. Children sprawled out on the rug and every couch cushion and chair was filled as the group faced the projector screen. It read: “How many of you recycle more since the last presentation?” Sophorn translated in Cambodian, and more than half the room raised their hands.

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    “My parents taught us that it didn’t matter how much we didn’t have,” says SVP San Antonio Partner, Priscilla Hill-Ardoin. “That our focus should be on what we did have, and there was always something to give.” That generosity helped to carry Priscilla through the hardest time in her life and to the discovery of her “can’t not do.”

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    Over the past few weeks, I have been reflecting on what the changes in our government will mean for the social sector. Though the country is in a different economic place, I believe we are about to see a similar shift in financial resources as we experienced in 2008, leaving a void in critical support for children, families and our future. We will all need to step up to fill this void.

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    SVP staffer, Andy Valdez-Pape recently sat down with our office's newest resident: Svipee. He was reticent at first, but Andy won him over. Find out Svipee's travel plans, favorite book as a hatchling and his thoughts on agenda-less meetings.

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    On Monday, the SVP Seattle team gathered for our usual bi-weekly staff meeting, but we tossed out the original agenda. Instead, we talked. We shared what the outcome of the election has brought up for us. Some of us are – or have spouses who are – people of color. Some of us are gay. Many of us are women.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partner Reception

    January 5, 2017 @ 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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    Equity Matters Series

    February 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am

    In this popular and powerful 3-part series, join a cohort of fellow SVP Partners to explore how inequities show up in our communities and systems and what we can do as individuals and as an organization to address them.

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