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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 community where all kids receive an excellent education and all people live and work in a healthy environment.

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    Since the end of 2014, SVP has welcomed more than 60 new and returning Partners! We are delighted to welcome folks like Joneil Sampana and Sinae Cheh. Joneil is passionate about uplifting underserved students and Sinae strengthens the diverse community she loves through her work at the Morning Star Cultural Center and the Children's Music Foundation.

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    We have a lot of family mottoes in my house: “no blood, no band-aid;” “quiet time means no talking;” and the one we repeat every morning when my kids wake up, “Our goal for today is to be kind, gentle and generous.” As a participant in the Equity Matters Series, I was reminded of the usefulness of this daily goal.

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    Race, poverty, privilege, oppression, identity … these concepts have been swirling in my head since I participated in SVP’s Equity Matters Series. It brought up painful childhood memories, many of which were connected to growing up poor. But it also challenged me to reflect on the privilege I experienced as well.

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    Had a 39-hour “layover” in Tokyo on my way to Singapore for the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Conference. I spent the afternoon with 40 SVP Tokyo Partners at their annual 2-day retreat. Other than Miki Aoki occasionally leaning over to clarify something being said, 99% of it was unintelligible for me … and it didn’t matter at all. In fact, I may have heard a lot more by just watching and feeling the room for 4 hours.

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    Discover how SVP Investees are knocking down barriers for kids in our community in this 3 minute video! It features the great work of our graduating Investees Powerful Schools, Vietnamese Friendship Association, Thrive by Five Washington, Summer Search and Communities In Schools of Washington.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partners Reception

    May 28, 2015 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! Read More »

    Shoeless in Seattle

    June 16, 2015 6:30 pm

    After 17 years, our fearless leader is on to a new adventure. Join us as we toast and roast SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker! There will be food, beverages, a no-host bar, and plenty of Shoemaker ribbing.

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    SVP Conference 2015

    October 22, 2015 8:00 am

    This year, SVP’s global network will be converging right here in Seattle! Hear from inspiring speakers like New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof and fellow Pulitzer-prize winner, Sheryl WuDunn, attend engaging workshops, and chat with SVP Partners from around the world!

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