To ensure a strong, healthy network of people, SVP continually strives to increase the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures represented in the organization.
In this spirit, SVP founded a two-year Brainerd Fellowship.
We wish to attract people who will add value to and find personal reward from SVP’s work. Fellows have the opportunity to serve on any of our grant committees, where they can learn about early childhood development, k-12 education or the environment, evaluate grant proposals and assist in funding decisions. They have the chance to build relationships and volunteer their professional skills with the nonprofits we support. Plus, Brainerd Fellows can also participate in as many SVP programs, educational workshops and engagements as they wish.
We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We will consider the following specific criteria in our selection:
- You are someone who will bring racial diversity to the SVP Partnership.
- You have a historical or emerging desire to make a significant contribution to our community. You see yourself continuing to grow that commitment in the years ahead.
- You consider yourself to be a social systems change leader.
- You would not otherwise have the financial means to make the annual contribution to participate in SVP.
This fellowship is named in honor of SVP’s founder, Paul Brainerd, and reflects his spirit and ethos. The fellowships are funded by current Partners, covering the annual partner contribution. We begin accepting Brainerd Fellowship applications in April. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Juliet Le.