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SVP is Hiring a Director of Partner Engagement!

Do you know someone who is passionate about social change and is great with people? Tell them about SVP’s Director of Partner Engagement position!

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$65K Invested in Collective Action for Environmental Justice

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

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$65K Invested in Collective Action for Equitable Education

SVP’s Education Collective Action Team (EduCAT) invests in local, collective action initiatives addressing the disparities in our education system. These initiatives approach equitable change as a cradle-to-career continuum that is inclusive of the voices of historically marginalized communities.

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SVP Teens Give $5,000 to Support Immigrant Legal Aid

More than 70 percent of Washington State’s low-income households experience at least one civil legal problem each year on matters affecting the most fundamental needs of their daily lives. That’s why this year’s SVP Youth Philanthropists chose to fund legal aid as a critical system that provides support for people who cannot otherwise afford it.

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From the CEO: SVP's Summer Plans

Chances are you're confirming summer plans with friends and family or getting involved in new ways with your community. SVP is making summer plans as well. For those who could make it to our 20-Year Celebration, it comes as no surprise the event fueled activity around our vision.

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Welcome New Partners!

Since April, SVP has welcomed 17 new partners, like Amy HyunAh Pak who consults with local schools and organizations on anti-racist trainings and family engagement.

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Replay SVP's 20-Year Celebration

SVP Seattle celebrated 20 years of impact with the power of storytelling and recognition of our strongest supporters. Replay your favorite moments from the night.

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Welcome New Investee Washington Building Leaders of Change

Washington Building Leaders of Change (WA-BLOC) envisions South Seattle as a thriving nucleus of Black and Brown excellence. And they're starting with students at Rainier Beach High School.

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From the CEO: On the Horizon for SVP

My first six months have been an exciting ride, learning our strengths and weaknesses through hundreds of conversations with partners, community members and stakeholders. It’s apparent that SVP has played a significant role in our partners’ philanthropic growth. Yet one question remains at the forefront of our ability to effect change.

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2018 K-12 Education Grant Finalists

From building powerful leaders of change to bringing more young women of color into STEM, this year’s K-12 Education Grant Finalists are working hard to ensure all students — regardless of income or race —graduate from high school ready to succeed in college or a career.

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The Best of 2017

To start the New Year off right, check out this roundup of our favorite moments of 2017.

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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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