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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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    A few years ago, Summer Search was struggling with staff retention and they were concerned about the impact it was having on the students they serve. Mentorship is core to their program and turnover interrupted the relationships between students and staff, not to mention the general productivity loss associated with churn. They wanted to change this and reached out to SVP for help. Two years later, they are still reaping the benefits of a single volunteer project.

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    Do you want to learn more about the nonprofit landscape and systems change while building a network of friends with the same kind of passion for social impact? Check out this opportunity to become a fellow at Social Venture Partners!

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    Since January, SVP has welcomed more than 20 new and returning Partners. We are delighted to introduce folks like Nikesh & Swati Parekh who are passionate about education, college and career readiness. Nikesh was most recently VP of New Ventures at the real estate company Trulia and Swati is a pharmacist working with Walgreens on Mercer Island, Bellevue and Kirkland.

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    "At the end of the day it's about knowing what you're doing is right," says Cecilia. "It may not make a huge change. But you're doing something. And if all I can do in life is one thing, I'm glad it's telling someone else's story.” As SVP’s staff writer, Cecilia Garza will work alongside our new graphic designer, Michael Castle and communications director, Willow Russell.

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    SVP's Environment Grant Committee has selected the top five candidates for our next multi-year capacity building grant. From reconnecting communities to nature to on-the-ground advocacy and shoreline clean up, these five finalists are leading the way to a healthier planet.

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    Transportation Choices Coalition has been at the forefront of the movement pushing for improved public transportation since 1993. Following the opening of two new Light Rail extensions this week, they’re ready to take public transit to entirely new heights.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partners Reception

    May 12, 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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    Aces for Fast Pitch

    May 16, 2016 8:30 am

    Grab your clubs and hit the green for a great cause! Charles Schwab is hosting a golf tournament to benefit SVP's 2016 Fast Pitch program. The scramble will include 18 holes of golf, use of golf carts, a thank-you gift, and reception at the Bear Creek Country Club.

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    Impact Live! SVP’s Spring Meeting

    June 7, 2016 5:30 pm

    See, hear about, and – most importantly – take part in SVP’s impact! President, Lisa Nitze will share what we’ve achieved together and lead us into an interactive evening modeled after our popular Think Tankathon. You'll stretch your creative muscles in real-time problem-solving while getting to know SVP Investees and Partners.

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