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Fast Facts

What We Do: Social Venture Partners is a philanthropic organization, but they do more than give away money.  SVP amplifies the impact of those out to do good by cultivating effective philanthropists, funding and strengthening nonprofits and investing in collaborative solutions to create thriving, sustainable and just communities.

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History: Founded in 1997 by Paul Brainerd and group of Seattle’s business leaders

By the Numbers

500+ members in Seattle
3200+ members worldwide
40+ SVP member organizations from Boston to Bangalore

Since 1997…

100 King County nonprofits funded
$16 million and an estimated 34,000 volunteer hours given to King County nonprofits
$70 million given to 900+ nonprofits worldwide

SVP In the Media

Here are some of the stories that have been published about SVP over the years.

Tech Moves: Meet Social Venture Partners’ new CEO
GeekWire, July 11, 2017

13-year-old entrepreneur designs rummage sale app to benefit schools
King 5, October 25, 2016 (featuring SVP’s 2016 Fast Pitch)

Meet the 13-year-old entrepreneur who wants to raise $100 million for Washington schools
Geekwire, October 23, 2016 (featuring SVP’s 2016 Fast Pitch)

Building strong family foundations
Puget Sound Business Journal, March 4, 2016

Social Venture Kids helps prep the next generation of philanthropists
Seattle’s Child, December 1, 2015

Fast Pitch helps good ideas, ventures get beyond first base
The Seattle Times, November 1, 2015

Innovators for social good compete for $400k — and a chance to change the world — at SVP Fast Pitch forum
Geekwire, October 27, 2015

Can Individual and Institutional Donors Be Friends?
Stanford Social Innovation Review, June 19, 2015 (piece co-authored by SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

Wow, the potential (and some pitfalls?) — reflections from the AVPN Conference
Philanthropy In Focus, May 7, 2015 (piece by SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

It’s Everybody’s Business
The Philanthropy Show, February 9, 2015 (interview with SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker and SVP Tampa Bay’s founder Rebekah Heppner)

Manifesto Watch: This Fed Up Funder Totally Nails How His Own Sector Needs to Change
Inside Philanthropy, February 6, 2015

Reconstructing Philanthropy from the Outside In
The Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 3, 2015 (piece by SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

Understanding Your Customers…the Beneficiaries
The Center for Effective Philanthropy, November 6, 2014 (piece by SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

SVP Fast Pitch 2014 showcases the future
Crosscut, November 1, 2014

Fast Pitch startup showdown awards nearly $300,000 to social entrepreneurs
Geekwire, October 29, 2014

Full circle for SVP worldwide: what binds us together
Alliance Magazine, September 29, 2014 (piece by SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

Solutions to everything?  Paul Shoemaker, Executive Connector, says yes!
Rainmakers TV, July 2014 (Interview with SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

The story behind 220 & Change, the new name of Seattle’s social innovation hub
Geekwire, January 31, 2014 (Features SVP’s new home in Pioneer Square)

Spotlight: Idea Factory in Pioneer Square
Seattle Business, March 2013 (Features SVP’s new home and presence in Pioneer Square)

Encore careers: Program lets experienced professionals give back
NWJobs, February 8, 2013

Pioneer Square’s takeoff: Be there or be left out
Crosscut, December 17, 2012 (Features SVP’s new home and presence in Pioneer Square)

Mayor McGinn cuts ribbon on Seattle’s new social entrepreneurial center
Examiner, October 28, 2012 (Features the grand opening of SVP’s new home)

A Month of Impactful Innovation in Seattle
Triple Pundit, October 23, 2012 (Features SVP Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch and our new home)

Next generation of social entrepreneurs shine at Seattle SIFP finals
Examiner, October 21, 2012 (Features SVP Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch)

SVP pitches “social enterprise”
Humanosphere, October 19, 2012 (Features SVP Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch)

SIFP: Glamour and competition meet social innovation
Crosscut, October 16, 2012 (Features SVP Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch)

The 2012 Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50
The Nonprofit Times, August 1, 2012 (Features SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

New Center for Impact and Innovation inks lease at Pioneer Square’s historic Masins furniture building
Geekwire, July 19, 2012

Seattle Voices: Will Poole, Social Technologist
Seattle Channel, June 19, 2012 (Features SVP Partner, Will Poole)

We are trying to help NGOs to become sustainable: Ravi Venkatesan, SVP Bangalore
The Economic Times, June 11, 2012 (Story quotes SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

Kony video offers lesson in donor due diligence
Investment News, March 18, 2012 (Story quotes SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

The 360 Degree View
The Nonprofit Times: Special Report, December 2011 (Story by SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch awards $175K in grants & investment
Puget Sound Business Journal, October 4, 2011

Doing well by doing good: Winners from the Social Innovation Fast Pitch event
Geekwire, October 4, 2011

“Social innovators” make pitch, win grants at Seattle Center
Seattle Times, October 3, 2011

Nonprofit SVP Meets Measure of Success
The Seattle Times, August 14, 2011

The 2011 NPT Power and Influence Top 50
The Nonprofit Times, August 1, 2011 (Features SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

Raising the bar for philanthropy
Alliance Magazine, December 1, 2010

Bellevue students join teen activists in Youth Summit
Bellevue Reporter, March 9, 2010

Voices That Matter: Paul Shoemaker, on Becoming a Social Entrepreneur
MSN: Business on Main, October 8, 2009

New Ideas Shouldn’t Necessarily Spawn New Nonprofit Groups
Chronicle and Philanthropy – Give & Take: A round up of blogs about the nonprofit world, January 7, 2009

Inside Entrepreneurship: Nonprofit boards will welcome your talents
Seattle P-I, December 25, 2008

Charity begins in the office
Financial Times, November 11, 2008

Money Without Strings: The Debate Over Operating Support
Chronicle of Philanthropy – Live Discussions, September 2, 2008

Can Foundations Take the Long View Again?
The New York Times, January 6, 2008 (features interview with SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

“Are you Ready for Venture Philanthropy?”
YMCA Developments, Winter 2008

“Get What You Pay For When It Comes To Grants”
Exempt, September/October 2007 (Commentary by SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

Profiting from Failure: What nonprofits and donors can learn from the closing of a venture philanthropy firm
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2007

Special Report on Philanthropy
CNN in the Money, November 25, 2006 (features interview with SVP’s founding Executive Connector, Paul Shoemaker)

When Charity Begins in a Circle of Friends
New York Times, October 9, 2005

25 Entrepreneurs who are changing the world
Fast Company, December 7, 2004

Social Venture Partners: High-tech workers have new vision for giving
Seattle Times, December 21, 2003

Venture Philanthropy in a Changed World
Philanthropy News Digest, September 16, 2002 

Think Tank Specials – The Giving Boom: How the New Philanthropy will Change America
PBS, July 12, 2001

Internet’s Rich Are Giving It Away, Their Way
New York Times, February 11, 2000

Sowing the Seeds of Philanthropy
The Seattle Times, February 15, 1999

Foundation Goes High-Tech
The Seattle Times, June 11, 1997