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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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    "I found that as I was getting more successful in business, I was giving more to charity... but I always kinda felt 'Am I really making a difference?' ... and really the answer was 'I'm really not sure.' Until SVP came along."

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    Dozens of bus routes poised for a dramatic drop. A startling 180 degree flip from preserving to expanding service. And then … a final surge of yes votes in November. Find out how a mapping project helped Transportation Choices Coalition and their partners navigate last year's harrowing ride to secure transit for all.

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    From Tampa Bay to Singapore, SVP's Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker is making waves in the philanthropic media and challenging those in the social sector through a growing speaking circuit.

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    “Leaders from three different NGOs told me that if they were half as big in terms of revenue, they’d be twice as effective.” How is that possible? Check out Paul Shoemaker’s piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review about quite damaging dollars. There’s a lively discussion underway and we want to hear from you!

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partners Reception

    March 4, 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!

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    SVP Spring Gathering & Leadership Retreat

    April 20, 2015 8:30 am

    Join current and rising leaders from Seattle and around SVP's global network to for a two-day retreat in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. You'll tackle tough questions and walk away with relevant tools, actionable ideas, and the skills to grow beyond transactional leadership.

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