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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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  • What We're Talking About

    Philanthropy is often asked to define itself in tangible outcomes – hard numbers that tell us we are making decent progress on the daunting societal challenges in our community. As I pack up my pristinely organized desk at SVP after seven years in preparation for joining the Seattle Foundation’s team later this summer, I’m reflecting on the numbers that stand out to me.

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    Not long after stepping off the bus at 32nd and Myrtle in South Beacon Hill, I can hear children playing just beyond a row of tall hedges. Turn the corner, and I’m standing “monkey in the middle” to a few boys throwing a football. It’s break time at SVP Seattle’s newest multi-year investee, East African Community Services.

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    Over the last year, SVP’s Environment Collective Action Team has invested $110,000 to advance environmental and transit solutions that benefit all people. They focused specifically on initiatives and organizations that engage and represent the needs of low-income people and communities of color – recognizing that they are often disproportionately affected by environmental degradation.

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    Over the next 10 to 15 years, Washington is expected to grow by more than a million residents, compounding existing threats – from further displacement of vulnerable populations to increased greenhouse emissions. The complexity of the issues at hand require an integrated approach, which is why SVP is honored to support Futurewise as our newest multi-year investee.

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    Featured Events

    SVP Global Conference

    October 20, 2016 4:00 pm

    “I met with great people, wonderful people – people with good hearts and willing to contribute to the world.”

    We hear this again and again from conference participants who gather each year to be inspired, challenged and engaged with those who share their passion for positive change. Join us for three days packed with stellar speakers, engaging workshops and tons of open time for swapping ideas with change-makers from around the globe.

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    SVP Fast Pitch Finals

    October 25, 2016 5:00 pm

    Please join us in supporting the hard work of 14 Fast Pitch finalists who will pitch their great ideas for good live at McCaw Hall! Finalists will pitch a panel of eminent judges and impact investors to win a portion of up to $400,000 of grants and investments. Pitches are fascinating, well-delivered, and quick – you’ll wonder where the time went!

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