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Seattle Affordable Housing Gets A Boost from the Sun

Spark Northwest's partnership with Capitol Hill Housing and Emerald Cities Seattle has led to solar power for 147 low-income residents. Solar installation on Elizabeth James House & two other sites will help bridge the green divide. Plus, residents will get to decide how to use the savings.

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Data-Driven Impact at Open Arms

After an introduction with one SVP Partner resulted in a $125K capacity building grant, Open Arms used the support to evaluate their programs. What they found was profound. This infographic shares how their Outreach Doula Program is transforming lives.

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#SVPFinalShowdown: The Live Recap

Last month our 2017 SVP Fast Pitch winners walked away with more than $240K in cash prizes and pro bono services. It was an inspiring evening that audience members had to share! We collected some of our favorite moments posted on social media. Plus, photos!

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SVP Earns Gold at Community Impact Awards!

SVP Seattle received gold recognition at Seattle Business magazine's fourth annual Community Impact Awards! In a memorable evening celebrating the outstanding work of organizations from across sectors, SVP Seattle was recognized as the region's most impactful organization in Pro Bono Services.

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2017 SVP Fast Pitch Winners

The 7th annual Final Showdown was overflowing with energy and inspiration as the 14 SVP Fast Pitch finalists took the stage at McCaw Hall. These impressive social impact entrepreneurs pitched their ideas for good to a full house of supporters, community members and business leaders dedicated to supporting change in our region.

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Announcing the 2017 SVP Fast Pitch Finalists!

Read more about this year's class of SVP Fast Pitch finalists set to take the stage on October 24th!

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From Northwest SEED to Spark Northwest

Executive Director Jennifer Grove hung up the phone and sat back. It was going to happen. With SVP Partner Lisa Wyler’s help, Northwest SEED was going to get the makeover they had been waiting for: a name and brand that reflected the forward-thinking organization they are in practice.

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Partner Column: Achieving a Living Wage

SVP Partner Jon Kauffman was first introduced to Rainier Valley Corps in 2015 when he was part of SVP’s kindergarten-readiness new grant committee. In his recent article for the RVC blog, he shares how he and RVC staff confronted implementing a living wage for their cornerstone fellowship program.

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SVP Fast Pitch: Why I Volunteer

SVP Fast Pitch leverages entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders tackling important issues in our society. Meet some of the SVP Partners responsible for the 2017 SVP Fast Pitch and Final Showdown, what is expected to be another powerful event.

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SVP Selected as Finalist for Community Impact Awards

We are thrilled to announce that SVP Seattle has been selected as a finalist in Seattle Business magazine’s fourth annual Community Impact Awards!

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Welcome New Partners!

Since June, SVP has welcomed 22 new partners, like Gwen Straley who serves as an advisor at 3rd Creek Investments and executive director of 3rd Creek Foundation, an organization dedicated to global poverty alleviation.

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2017 SVP Fast Pitch Quarterfinalists

Each year, SVP Fast Pitch pairs innovators with business and community leaders to accelerate social impact. Throughout the four-month program innovators prepare and compete to give their pitch for social good to live audiences at the Final Showdown in October, putting them in the running for a slew of grants and investments. Meet this year's quarterfinalists!

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SVP Welcomes New Investee Washington Green Schools

More than one million young people attend K-12 schools across Washington state, and these institutions have the opportunity to be centers for change in our communities. That’s why Washington Green Schools aims to help every child attend a green and healthy school that teaches, models, and practices environmental sustainability.

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$100k Invested in Collective Action for Transit, Equity & the Environment

Over the last year, SVP’s Environment Collective Action Team invested in advancing environmental and transit solutions that benefit all people. They focused specifically on initiatives that engage and represent the needs of low-income people and communities of color – recognizing they are often disproportionately affected by environmental degradation.

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Welcome SVP's New Chief Executive Officer, Solynn McCurdy!

SVP is thrilled to announce our new chief executive officer, Solynn McCurdy. Solynn is an accomplished local leader who has dedicated his career to building thriving communities. His tenure initiates an exciting next phase for SVP.

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Accelerating Engaged Philanthropy through Corporate Partnerships

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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Closing the Opportunity Gap Together

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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Meet SVP's New Team Members!

SVP is thrilled to welcome two brand new team members: Yvonne Chang and Jaimisa Gourley! Yvonne is our new office coordinator and Jaimisa is managing our Fast Pitch program. We are also excited to share that our staff writer, Cecilia Garza is stepping into a new role as SVP Seattle’s communications manager.

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Learning the Ropes of Engaged Philanthropy

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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Welcome New Partners!

Since April, SVP has welcomed 15 new partners, like Lacie West who is the development director for College Access Now. As a Seattle native, Lacie is also heavily involved with several local community organizations through her service as a volunteer, board member and committee member. She enjoys sports and is an active tennis player.

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Making Lasting Impact as a Community of Practice

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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Fast Pitch Applications Are Open

SVP Fast Pitch is the Northwest's largest training and pitch competition for both nonprofit and for-profit social innovators. And we are looking for people who want to change the world! Please help us spread the word.

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SVP Seeks New CEO

The new CEO of SVP Seattle will join a vibrant organization with a reputation for thought leadership and innovation. One that plays a crucial role in broader conversations about the social sector’s effectiveness, impact and related trends. The staff of 13 share enormous comradery and their passion for SVP’s mission and impact is palpable.

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How Dancing Prepared Sinae Cheh for Philanthropy

“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

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

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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Welcome SVP New Partners!

Since November, SVP has welcomed 40 new partners like Blair and Laura Dillaway who joined SVP to expand and improve the impact of their philanthropic activities. They've lived in Seattle for 30 years and have become increasingly involved with local arts and social services organizations.

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SVP is Hiring a Fast Pitch Program Manager!

Do you know someone who is passionate about social change and is great with people, project management and event planning? Tell them about SVP’s Fast Pitch program manager position! This person will work with SVP's incredible network of volunteers to produce our Fast Pitch program that supports nonprofits and social enterprises making a positive impact in the Puget Sound region and beyond.

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Apply to be SVP's Next Brainerd Fellow

Do you want to learn more about the nonprofit landscape and systems change while building a network of friends with the same kind of passion for social impact? Check out this opportunity to become a fellow at Social Venture Partners!

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SVP is Hiring a Partner Engagement Coordinator!

Do you know someone who is interested in the social sector and is great with people and details? Tell them about SVP’s partner engagement coordinator position! Playing a key role in the success of SVP, this person will be supporting SVP’s donor relations efforts and the director of partner engagement.

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