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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 build a Puget Sound region where everyone thrives regardless of income or race.

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    Southwest Youth & Family Services' (SWYFS) New Futures program was SVP's inaugural investee in 1998. Now, 20 years later and as a current multi-year investee, SWYFS and SVP Partners are helping lay the foundation for a county-wide movement toward better outcomes for children.

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    SVP Partner CC Gardner Gleser and SVP CEO Solynn McCurdy have spent their lives working towards equity for young people. They are also helping pave the way for an emerging transition in philanthropy. This month they get real with Technology Access Foundation on the role of philanthropy and what it's like for nonprofits led by people of color, including authentic discussions of race, philosophy, and experience.

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    Since September, SVP has welcomed 33 new partners, like Jeremy Taylor a financial planner and President of Mainspring Wealth Advisors.

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    Friends of the Children has more than doubled their revenue and number of students served since 2009. In fact, they’re on track to double their reach again. As former Executive Director Kelly Stockman McKee describes it, SVP’s greatest gift to Friends of the Children was establishing a culture of capacity building.

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    Are you a person of color who wants 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? Have you always wanted to dig into capacity building and collective action for organizations working right here in King County? Check out this opportunity to become a fellow at Social Venture Partners.

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    My first six months have been an exciting ride, learning our strengths and weaknesses through hundreds of conversations with partners, community members and stakeholders. It’s apparent that SVP has played a significant role in our partners’ philanthropic growth. Yet one question remains at the forefront of our ability to effect change.

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    From building powerful leaders of change to bringing more young women of color into STEM, this year’s K-12 Education Grant Finalists are working hard to ensure all students — regardless of income or race —graduate from high school ready to succeed in college or a career.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partner Reception

    April 24 @ 12:00 pm

    What change do you want to see in your community? Join us to explore how SVP can help you realize greater impact with your giving.

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    SVP’s 20-Year Celebration

    May 12 @ 5:30 pm

    Celebrate SVP Seattle's 20 years of history with a toast to the future! To mark our anniversary, SVP is setting the bar higher. Hear from CEO Solynn McCurdy as we unveil phase one of our plan to redefine philanthropy and strive toward racial equity. Plus celebrate the highlights from the last two decades with fellow SVP Partners, Investees, community members and friends from across the SVP network over food, drinks and music.

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