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It starts with one person. One person joins many people. Together they will help build communities able to solve our most entrenched problems.

That’s SVP. A global network of local partners aligning passion and purpose.

Helping individuals realize greater impact with their giving, strengthening nonprofits, and investing in collaborative solutions – we make connections that make a difference. Connections that unleash potential.

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    Do you know of a nonprofit that is helping all kids graduate from high school ready to succeed in college or a career? Are they poised to take their work to the next level? Maybe we can help!

    SVP is awarding one $40k grant with the intention of developing a multi-year partnership to help strengthen a local nonprofit. Letters of inquiry are due December 5!

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    On Tuesday, October 7th at Seed IP Law Group, 28 SVP Fast Pitch semifinalists pitched in front of 20 judges. The improvement in the innovators' presentations from quarterfinals to semifinals was "drastic," said SVP Fast Pitch lead Patricia Friel, which made narrowing the group down to just 14 finalists a challenge.

    After much deliberation the judges announced our finalists. Meet them below and join us on October 28 to cheer them on as they deliver their honed pitches to a crowd of hundreds at McCaw Hall!

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    A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about solo vigils and why it’s good to make philanthropy hard. Sort of kept rolling through my head. I am such a huge believer that, until you make your philanthropic work challenging, grounded, and push yourself, you are just swimming in the shallow end of the pool. I came across three more reasons why it’s good to make your philanthropy "harder."

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    Last week I flew to Los Angeles to talk to a group of 12 or so Asian/Pacific Islander EDs who are in a leadership program of which I am an alum. This cohort was a group of all women. I was a bit nervous, looking at the leaders seated in a circle. First of all, there were some EDs who have had way more experience than I do. And second of all, people in LA are hella stylish, and in comparison, I looked like I was dressed by a few smarter-than-average bonobos.

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    Did you know that SVP has more than 550 Partners in Washington and more than 3000 worldwide? And there are new people joining all the time! Between March and June of this year, 37 people (like Ian Hudson pictured here) became SVP Seattle Partners. Follow the link below to meet some of them!

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    Featured Events

    Meet SVP: An Intro for Prospective Grantees

    November 4, 2014 10:00 am

    Are you interested in applying for a grant from SVP? Please join us to learn more about the SVP model, our giving priorities, capacity building resources we provide, and what makes a successful SVP relationship. This is a great chance to hear from staff and Partners and have your questions answered before you apply!

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    Prospective Partners Reception

    November 13, 2014 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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    IMAGINE: 2014 Independent Sector National Conference

    November 16, 2014

    SVP is proud to partner with Independent Sector to bring its 2014 National Conference to Seattle. Join us for illuminating plenary programs featuring the nonprofit and philanthropic sector’s biggest names, alongside breakout sessions zeroing in on the most complex questions of our day.

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