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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.

Closing the Opportunity Gap Together

Posted by Cecilia Garza

As a funder, SVP has continuously examined our role in collective action. The Road Map Project has played a part in our evolution since the start. Their success in cross-sector collaboration is why we began supporting them. How they are adapting and evolving to address inequity in our region, is why we continue.

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Making Lasting Impact as a Community of Practice

Posted by Rebecca Stephens
Photo by Lisa Bontje

Last month you learned about SVP Partners Dave Thompson, Kevin Phaup and the launch of the Tech Community of Practice. With that top of mind, I had to share a short and powerful note we received from Dr. Judy Margrath, of SVP Investee Team Read.

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“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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