Video / Joshua Potter
“We all could take a little bit of time to recognize our privilege and the unique opportunity we have to give back…”
Those powerful words were spoken by our CEO, Solynn McCurdy, from the stage at Seattle Business magazine’s 2017 Community Impact Awards.
Last month was big for SVP. Not only did we celebrate our 7th Annual SVP Fast Pitch — awarding over $200k to our finalists — but SVP also received recognition for the impact of our pro bono services. As SVP’s director of community investment, it was an honor to see our 500+ partners recognized for the work they’ve done with our fantastic investees. And more, I was inspired and invigorated to hear our new leader speak about our future. That’s why I wanted to share a video clip of his commanding remarks.
SVP has made important strides over the last two decades — paving the way for unrestricted funding and capacity building in philanthropy, as well as working with community to build a thriving, sustainable and just region.
Nonetheless, to push equitable outcomes forward, we at SVP know that we have to lean in, stretch and ask ourselves tough questions. We don’t always get it right. But we remain dedicated to improvement. The recognition we received late last week is a reminder of the responsibility we all carry for the future — as philanthropists, volunteers, movers and shakers, and active citizens.
It’s an exciting time to be part of SVP, and I encourage you to share Solynn’s words with your own networks. There’s no better time than now to join the movement for positive change.