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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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    SVP's 2016 Impact Report is packed with stories and data that bring our work to life — from closing the opportunity gap to recycled jeans. You'll hear from philanthropists, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs who'll share the full range of SVP's impact. Enjoy. And please feel free to pass it along!

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    Nonprofit finance is already like swimming against the current. Once more, the recession and its aftermath profoundly affected the sector. With scarcer resources, organizations were living closer to the bone and the margin for error was thinner than ever. As capacity builders, we had to ask ourselves, Where were we falling short? And how we can do better?

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    When SVP approached Open Arms about going through a financial assessment, the organization was months away from a leadership transition and had lost two major funding sources in the past few years. What they were enduring was an uphill battle, the kind of hurdles most nonprofits their size face. Today, the assessment provides a roadmap to help them navigate the challenges — and opportunities.

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    Up until five years ago, Tanya Anderson’s definition of ‘philanthropy’ was straight forward: to give money. It might have been her career in finance that had something to do with it. After working with the Finance Community of Practice, though, developing an assessment that greatly simplifies financial management for SVP Investees, she had a change of heart.

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    In 2012, Veena Prasad had an idea: to use food heritage as a way for refugees and immigrants to begin a new chapter in their lives. She didn’t make it past the SVP Fast Pitch quarterfinals at the time, but in pitching the concept, Veena came face-to-face with a deeper need in her life. A year later, Project Feast was no longer just an idea. This time, it went all the way to the finals – and won.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partners Reception

    July 27, 2016 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 »

    SVP Global Conference

    October 20, 2016 4:00 pm

    What better way to experience the power of 3000+ engaged philanthropists than meeting some of them in person? At this two-day conference you'll hear from stellar speakers like storytelling master, Andy Goodman and Transformative Action Institute founder, Scott Sherman, plus attend engaging workshops and chat with SVP Partners from around the world!

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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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