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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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    In philanthropic circles the phrase “raise the paddle” might bring to mind nonprofit auctions and fundraising events. But in SVP Partner, Kathy Washienko’s story it, it takes on a whole new meaning.

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    "I like the ability to give with other like-minded people. So it's the social element of Social Venture Partners; both what we're doing to serve social justice in the community and being able to socialize with one another, learn from each other, support each other as coaches, cheerleaders, whatever it might be for the organizations we serve. It just feels much better doing this in a collective fashion."

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    In 2008, SVP Partner Todd Vogel and other community members set out to transform Pioneer Square’s forgotten spaces. Their first Nord Alley party brought a handful of neighbors. Seven years later, more than 6,000 people have watched a World Cup match, taken in an art show, enjoyed an aerial circus performance, or cuddled adoptable kittens in a Pioneer Square alley. The changes have spurred a city-wide trend, and the nation is taking notice.

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    For nearly two decades SVP has amplified the impact of those out to do good. Cultivating effective philanthropists, strengthening nonprofits, and accelerating collection action to help ensure an excellent education and a healthy environment for all. We are now poised to take that work to new heights. Help us find the next great captain to lead that journey!

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    Developing an organizational dashboard may sound technical and dull to some, but not to those of us at SVP! Particularly when such a tool helps Children’s Therapy Center ensure more kids with special needs thrive in life.

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    Featured Events

    Prospective Partners Reception

    August 25, 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 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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    SVP Fast Pitch Finals

    October 27, 2015 5:00 pm

    Please join us in supporting the hard work of our 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 $375,000 of grants and investments. Pitches are fascinating, well-delivered, and quick – you’ll wonder where the time went!

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