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Collaborative Solutions

Every child ready to succeed.  Students on track for college or a career.  Thriving sustainable communities…

This is the future we want.  And to get there we need a robust social sector that works together.  We need to change the way we solve problems.  We have to be smarter, more connected, more focused.  Everyone must be involved.  Nonprofits, businesses, funders, schools, local governments, citizens…they all have a role – as does SVP.

Invest in Collective Action 

In education, SVP gives grants and capacity building support to nonprofits that are aligned with community-wide, collaborative efforts working to support kids – from cradle to career. We also address specific capacity needs for the conveners and coordinators of these large community efforts (such as the Road Map Project).

In the environment, we invest in building the capacity of nonprofits working at the intersection of the environment and equity as it relates to building strong Growing Transit Communities.

Lead and Convene Funding Collaboratives

To further smart and aligned funding efforts, SVP staff and Partners participate in:

  • The Statewide Capacity Collaborative which is a group of ten funders that are committed to strengthening nonprofits across Washington and elevating the profile of the nonprofit sector at large.
  • The Sustainable Communities Funders, which is comprised of foundations and government agencies that care deeply about the intersection of environmental stewardship, equitable community development, and community engagement.

Both groups are aligning their investments and pooling funds for greater impact. See some of our stories below!

$90k Invested in Collective Action to Improve Education

SVP’s Education Collective Action Team (EduCAT) invests in local, collective action initiatives addressing the disparities in our education system. Buoyed by last year’s success and the rich opportunities for growth, the EduCAT is re-investing in past investees to support continued efforts in family engagement and advocacy.

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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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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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“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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$95k Invested in Collective Action to Improve Education

This year, SVP’s Education Collective Action Team maintained its focus on parent engagement and English Language Learners, which was informed by significant research, local need, SVP’s commitment to equity and past success. Last year’s investments exceeded expectations and highlighted rich opportunities for re-investment. Check out our 2016 grants below!

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$110k Invested in Collective Action for Transit, Equity and the Environment

Over the last year, SVP’s Environment Collective Action Team has invested $110,000 to advance environmental and transit 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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Statewide Capacity Collaborative Releases Leadership Scan

In partnership with CompassPoint, the Statewide Capacity Collaborative (of which SVP is a member) released the Washington State Leadership Scan, a report that explores how funders, capacity building providers and nonprofits can best support and further develop the skills needed to lead the teams, organizations, and movements making positive changes in our region.

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Navigating the Transit Rollercoaster

Dozens of bus routes poised for a dramatic drop. A startling 180 degree flip from preserving to expanding service. And then … a final surge of yes votes in November. Find out how a mapping project helped Transportation Choices Coalition and their partners navigate last year's harrowing ride to secure transit for all.

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$150k Invested in Collective Action

Two and half years have passed since the Stanford Social Innovation Review published their article on Collective Impact, and the social sector is still buzzing. Communities across the country are aligning their efforts to achieve lasting change, and over the past nine months SVP has invested $150k+ in collective action.

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SVP Steps It Up for Collective Action

It is clear that to tackle the daunting challenges we face in our community, SVP needs to do more than work with individual philanthropists and nonprofits. We have to be smarter, more connected, more aligned. That’s why we are investing in collaborative solutions.

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