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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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SVP Seeks an Executive Search Firm

SVP would like to partner with an executive search firm to hire our next President and CEO. If your firm is interested please check out our full request for proposals (RFP) and send in your response by 5pm, Monday, March 6. Know of a great search firm? Please pass along the RFP!

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Welcome New Interim CEO Deborah Jensen!

SVP is delighted to announce that Deborah Jensen will join our team as the interim CEO on Monday, February 27. Drawing on 25 years of experience leading complex, global nonprofits, Deborah brings exceptional skills to the role. She works with boards and executives to help their organizations become successful in achieving their mission and increasing their impact.

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Finding a Place Under the Big Tent

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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SVP is Hiring an Office Coordinator!

Do you know a great problem-solver with a who enjoys office management and helping others? Tell them about SVP's office coordinator position! Playing a vital role in the success of SVP, this person will provide general office and administrative support and be responsible for SVP's bookkeeping.

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“Speak English And —”

Peggy’s work helping families nurture their home language is just one outcropping of a growing partnership between OneAmerica and Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC). SVP has supported the two organizations through the Education Collective Action Team (EduCAT) over the last two years. And, in more than one way, the two have gone from complementary to a single force.

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Investing in the “Business” of Team Read

“It was as fundamental as survival for the organization,” says Team Read Executive Director Maureen Massey. “If we hadn’t done the capacity work that we did with SVP, Team Read wouldn’t be able to look forward in the way that we’re able to look forward now.”

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Now Accepting Environment Grant Applications!

Is your nonprofit working ensure all people live and work in a healthy environment? Are you ready to take your work to the next level? Maybe we can help! SVP is awarding one $30k grant with the intention of developing a multi-year partnership to help strengthen a local nonprofit.

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Farewell to CEO Lisa Nitze

After a great deal of consideration, Lisa Nitze has decided to step down as SVP Seattle's CEO. “This was a very difficult decision,” Lisa says. “I thought long and hard about whether I could balance the emerging needs of my family while also leading SVP in the way I intended. I concluded that if I try to do both, I will do neither well. And while I am very sorry to step down, I am gratified to realize how much we have accomplished together.”

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A Healthy Environment Speaks All Languages

Sophorn Sim’s living room was packed. Children sprawled out on the rug and every couch cushion and chair was filled as the group faced the projector screen. It read: “How many of you recycle more since the last presentation?” Sophorn translated in Cambodian, and more than half the room raised their hands.

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There is Always Something to Give

“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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Svipee on Travel, Literature and Agenda-Less Meetings

SVP staffer, Andy Valdez-Pape recently sat down with our office's newest resident: Svipee. He was reticent at first, but Andy won him over. Find out Svipee's travel plans, favorite book as a hatchling and his thoughts on agenda-less meetings.

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