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There are hundreds of SVP Partners in Washington and thousands worldwide. They range from filmmakers to financial managers, from nonprofit leaders to corporate veterans, and from foundation executives to people just beginning to explore their giving potential. Check out some of their stories.

Finding a Place Under the Big Tent

Posted by Cecilia Garza

Jane Harvey and her husband Charlie joined SVP in 2011. But it wasn’t until 2013, the first year of the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship, that she set out on what would become a philanthropic journey to say the least. It would lead her to become an early supporter of Front and Centered and a devoted advocate for environmental justice in Washington.

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There is Always Something to Give

Posted by Cecilia Garza

“My parents taught us that it didn’t matter how much we didn’t have,” says SVP San Antonio Partner, Priscilla Hill-Ardoin. “That our focus should be on what we did have, and there was always something to give.” That generosity helped to carry Priscilla through the hardest time in her life and to the discovery of her “can’t not do.”

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Capturing Joy

Posted by Willow Russell

Lisa got the call at 10:30 on a warm July night. Sara was in labor. Caught off-guard, Lisa panicked slightly. She had been out for drinks with friends and didn’t feel safe driving to the hospital. Luckily, the woman on the other end of the line assured her the birth was hours off. Heading straight home, Lisa packed her gear. Tomorrow would be a first.

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Q&A with TCC Lead Partner Rich Gary

Posted by Cecilia Garza

Ever wonder what it’s like to volunteer as a lead partner for an SVP Investee? Rich Gary has worked with Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC) for the past three years. In that time TCC helped reduce transit fare for low-income riders and expand the light rail from downtown Seattle to the University District.

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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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Building Capacity Builders, Part 3: The Philanthropist

Posted by Cecilia Garza

Up until five years ago, Tanya Anderson’s definition of ‘philanthropy’ was straight forward: to give money. It might have been her career in finance that had something to do with it. After working with the Finance Community of Practice, though, developing an assessment that greatly simplifies financial management for SVP Investees, she had a change of heart.

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More than a website: SVP Partners help tell Team Read’s story

Posted by Willow Russell

“I wanted to do something that was really using my talents,” says SVP Partner Sandra Andrews. “And I literally raised my hand and said ‘is there a project I can be part of?’ And this one came up that was a really great fit.” Hear how Sandra and Team Read Executive Director Maureen Massey leveraged SVP to help tell Team Read’s story through the web.

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