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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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    The new CEO of SVP Seattle will join a vibrant organization with a reputation for thought leadership and innovation. One that plays a crucial role in broader conversations about the social sector’s effectiveness, impact and related trends. The staff of 13 share enormous comradery and their passion for SVP’s mission and impact is palpable.

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    “I commonly say that my mom was the one with the talent. My dad was the one with the vision,” says SVP Partner Sinae Cheh. “My dad, he looked to the future and he said there will come a time when as Korean Americans we will have to be able to assert our identity in this diverse culture.”

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    Dave Thompson is a self-described technology guy. But believe it or not, he didn’t realize that getting involved in the community would mean helping implement sustainable tech solutions. That was, until he crossed into the nonprofit sector as a volunteer and board member and saw that technology was a sector-wide struggle.

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    When I first became involved with Cheasty Greenspace in 2014, I was swept up in the movement. Rainy Saturday after rainy Saturday, I joined a community work team to remove invasive species and restore native plants. I built friendships with leaders and participants. We celebrated when we were approved for a $100,000 grant. But what I didn’t realize was not everyone in the community was bought in to the project. A lesson I will not soon forget.

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    From bike transit to sustainable and equitable water use, this year’s environment grant finalists are helping to ensure healthy communities for all. SVP’s Environment Grant Committee members reviewed dozens of letters of inquiry and conducted phone interviews with 15 nonprofits before selecting the following five. Learn about their vital work below!

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    Since November, SVP has welcomed 40 new partners like Blair and Laura Dillaway who joined SVP to expand and improve the impact of their philanthropic activities. They've lived in Seattle for 30 years and have become increasingly involved with local arts and social services organizations.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partner Reception

    May 10 @ 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 this casual reception to explore how SVP can help you realize greater impact with your giving and volunteer time!

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    SVP Spring Meeting: American Identity & Citizen Power

    May 25 @ 5:30 pm

    In true SVP form, this year’s spring meeting will challenge and stretch our thinking around social change. With Citizen University founder Eric Liu and OneAmerica Executive Director, Rich Stolz, we’ll examine the birth of a new America and how we can harness citizen power to deliver on our nation’s promise.

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    Think Tank-A-Thon

    June 13 @ 9:30 am

    Great minds and action collide as we tackle real-world problems with SVP Investees! Whether you’re an SVP newbie or veteran, this event will stretch your creative muscles while introducing you to fellow partners and the terrific nonprofits we support.

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