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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.

Accelerating Engaged Philanthropy through Corporate Partnerships

Posted by Willow Russell

Last year, SVP kicked off our corporate partnership program as a way to more fully engage local businesses in our work. We recently caught up with a few of our current corporate partners and are excited to share of some of their experiences!

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Learning the Ropes of Engaged Philanthropy

Posted by Cecilia Garza

Over the five year relationship with former SVP Investee Zeno, Bill helped bring in and manage SVP Partner volunteers for 40 different projects. His experience as a lead partner launched a turning point in his philanthropy.

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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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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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