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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.

How Dancing Prepared Sinae Cheh for Philanthropy

Posted by Cecilia Garza

“I commonly say that my mom was the one with the talent. My dad was the one with the vision,” says SVP Partner Sinae Cheh. “My dad, he looked to the future and he said there will come a time when as Korean Americans we will have to be able to assert our identity in this diverse culture.”

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5 Reasons to Watch SVP’s Tech Community of Practice

Posted by Cecilia Garza

Dave Thompson is a self-described technology guy. But believe it or not, he didn’t realize that getting involved in the community would mean helping implement sustainable tech solutions. That was, until he crossed into the nonprofit sector as a volunteer and board member and saw that technology was a sector-wide struggle.

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Activating Open Spaces with Community

Posted by Brad Brickman

When I first became involved with Cheasty Greenspace in 2014, I was swept up in the movement. Rainy Saturday after rainy Saturday, I joined a community work team to remove invasive species and restore native plants. I built friendships with leaders and participants. We celebrated when we were approved for a $100,000 grant. But what I didn’t realize was not everyone in the community was bought in to the project. A lesson I will not soon forget.

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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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