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SVP has the honor of working side-by-side with stellar nonprofits that are tackling some of our communities most pressing problems. Here are some of their stories.

“Speak English And —”

Posted by Cecilia Garza

Peggy’s work helping families nurture their home language is just one outcropping of a growing partnership between OneAmerica and Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC). SVP has supported the two organizations through the Education Collective Action Team (EduCAT) over the last two years. And, in more than one way, the two have gone from complementary to a single force.

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Investing in the “Business” of Team Read

Posted by Willow Russell

“It was as fundamental as survival for the organization,” says Team Read Executive Director Maureen Massey. “If we hadn’t done the capacity work that we did with SVP, Team Read wouldn’t be able to look forward in the way that we’re able to look forward now.”

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A Healthy Environment Speaks All Languages

Posted by Cecilia Garza

Sophorn Sim’s living room was packed. Children sprawled out on the rug and every couch cushion and chair was filled as the group faced the projector screen. It read: “How many of you recycle more since the last presentation?” Sophorn translated in Cambodian, and more than half the room raised their hands.

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Sound Business for Sound Discipline

Posted by Cecilia Garza

Looking back at Sound Discipline’s first year with SVP, somehow the road ahead is what comes into focus. Last spring, their team joined SVP Partners Bill Skilton, Joanna Stewart and Lead Partner Dave Thompson in building a five-year business plan that makes room for questions on everything from scaling to scope of services.

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$95k Invested in Collective Action to Improve Education

Posted by Zamzam Abdulgani

This year, SVP’s Education Collective Action Team maintained its focus on parent engagement and English Language Learners, which was informed by significant research, local need, SVP’s commitment to equity and past success. Last year’s investments exceeded expectations and highlighted rich opportunities for re-investment. Check out our 2016 grants below!

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SVP Welcomes New Investee East African Community Services

Posted by Cecilia Garza

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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$110k Invested in Collective Action for Transit, Equity and the Environment

Posted by Zamzam Abdulgani

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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