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With more than 3400 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

In Tucson we have 111 members (our Partners). They range from journalists to financial managers, from nonprofit leaders to corporate veterans, and from foundation executives to people just beginning to explore their giving potential.

If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet these folks.

SVP Partner David Griffis effectively facilitated a five way merger of literacy organizations in Tucson, including Investees Literacy Volunteers of Tucson and Reading Seed, forming Literacy Connects.

After three years of working with Sunnyside Parents as Teachers (SPAT), SVP Partner John Duffy continues to support SPAT’s work, even after they “graduated” from SVP’s program in 2012, including funding a consultant to assist in developing a detailed and targeted fund development plan.

Mary-Jan Bancroft founded, and continues to serve as Chief Visionary Officer for Make Way for Books (MWFB), a literacy organization selected to be an SVP Tucson Investee in 2008. This relationship and common focus created a lasting partnership between SVP and the Bancrofts, with Mary Jan and husband Paul ultimately becoming SVP Partners in May 2013.

And the list goes on…

Every story is different, but each is fueled by a series of connections. That’s the beauty of the SVP network. You never know who will take your impact to the next level.

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Our Partners…

Adaline Klemmedson

She was prompted to join by “the idea of being able to provide expertise in a variety of areas to deserving organizations that needed help in furthering their mission.” Read More »

Ann Lovell

A favorite quote of Ann’s is: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive,” (Howard Thurman). Read More »

Anne Maley and Tim Schaffner

According to Anne, “The concept of SVP is pretty exciting to me. I think we have more of a collective impact when we can work together and provide not just money, but to also get in there and work side-by-side in those relationships [with non-profits].” Read More »

Bill Buchsbaum

For others looking to combine their passions with giving, Bill advises, “SVP is an organization that can clarify one’s thoughts on philanthropy and can focus as a group with group resources on the wide spectrum of giving to educational organizations.” Read More »

Bob McKay

As a research chemist and executive with E.I. DuPont for 35 years, Bob and his family lived in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Now Bob and wife Ginnie have settled into a well deserved retirement near Sabino Canyon. Read More »

Christina Rossetti

With more than 25 years of experience, Christina consults with nonprofit organizations on strategic and program [...] Read More »

Craig Watson

When asked to share a significant life skill lesson he received, Craig remembered his father always teaching him to be a good listener by being a living example. It was the best piece of advice he ever received. He has been working on The Conversation Project, which helps families talk about tough issues such as end of life wishes and relationships. Read More »

Cynthia Dickstein

“There is absolutely no value in worrying about the future!” Read More »

Donna Prescott

Donna brings a valuable perspective to SVP. “As an African-American woman from an East Coast inner city, I [...] Read More »

Dr. John Smith

SVP was a great fit for him and wife Jane Ragle because it gave them “the opportunity to be involved in non-profit work in Tucson and to be part of a network of extraordinary people.” Read More »

Elizabeth Rollings and Doug Friman

“My brother and I grew up watching both of our parents give back and serve others,” said Elizabeth. “Now the tradition of service is something I’m excited to carry on myself. As a 3rd generation Tucsonan who has seen her hometown grow and change, I recognize the importance of promoting community organizations at a grassroots level.” Read More »

Frank Grundstrom

As a young reporter, Frank's editor once gave him a piece of advice that has remained with him to this day: “Keep your head down and work - don’t play office politics; it’ll hurt you in the long run.” After spending 32 years with the Boston Globe, this advice seems to have paid off. Read More »

Ginnie McKay

After graduating Ginnie founded and managed an international human resource business for 17 years. Ginnie wanted to share her love of traveling and working abroad, and wanted help others trying to do the same, so she wrote and published "Moving Abroad - A Guide to International Living." Read More »

Hank Walker

As a frontrunner of the Youth On Their Own (YOTO) work team, Hank rolled up his sleeves with other Partners and worked collaboratively to assist YOTO with the same types of projects that he helps clients with on a daily basis. Tucson’s cool in that way: “Tucson is just a big college town. Anyone who wants to get involved is welcomed to do so. Individuals really can make a difference!” Hank says. Read More »

Helaine Levy

Helaine believes that SVP Tucson fills a gap by engaging philanthropists towards a common goal to provide more effective investment and support for Tucson’s non-profits, while also providing educational opportunities for its partners. Read More »

Jane Ragle

Jane is currently retired and very active politically through grassroots activism and fundraising. Read More »

John Duffy

“Yes, I am retired," says John, "And the best part of life after a career of making a living is that there are now unlimited careers involving ‘giving back’ still ahead!" Read More »

Leslie Perls

Leslie Perls, a seasoned creative professional representing LP&G Marketing, joined the SVP family in 2013 and has contributed greatly to our capacity building efforts. Leslie was involved in the inception of the Fast Pitch event, building the brand and soliciting key partners and corporate sponsors. Read More »

Mary Jan and Paul Bancroft

Mary Jan’s passion is fueled by an idea expressed in one of her favorite quotes: “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.” Read More »

Pam Grissom

In her free time, you may find Pam on a luxury hiking vacation, at a wine tasting, relaxing on beaches and snorkeling, watching movies or live music. “I'm always looking for fun people to go to rock concerts with. I support the Tucson Blues Society and I attend the New Orleans Jazz Festival every year!” Read More »

Patricia Andrade

After volunteering for over 35 years for various causes, Patricia was “thrilled” about SVP’s ability to help innovative non-profits do good work better through effective investment in capacity building Read More »

Rhonda Fleming, Board Chair

After living in Tucson for close to 40 years, Rhonda has always had an active role in the community utilizing her passion for learning and philanthropy. As a teacher she helped provide extracurricular learning activities for students, including Mock Trail, Science Olympiads and Tucson High’s Site Council. Outside of school Rhonda has worked to improve her community by organizing and fund raising for child centered activities, and serving on the Board of Directors of the YMCA. Read More »

Ruby Buchsbaum

“I love to be outdoors- hiking, biking and just enjoying the beauty of nature. I like good books, movies, concerts, art, and being with friends and loved ones.” Read More »

Steve Gaynor

Steve jumped at the chance to join SVP when he was introduced by Partners Cande and Tom Grogan. “People helped me [...] Read More »

Tucson Electric Power

TEP is committed to enhancing the communities we serve by investing in strategic philanthropy. Their corporate giving is focused in three areas: the environment, education, and community engagement. For 2015 TEP's community engagement is centered around safety/supporting first responders, veterans, and increasing the capacity of our nonprofit partners. That is why their commitment to SVP is so strong – they know we play a key role in helping strengthen organizations who make our communities better. Read More »

PARTNER ROSTER

We are tremendously grateful for our community of Partners.

Your time and talent, your generosity, your drive for something better… these are the roots of transformation – for individuals, for organizations, for our community. Thank you.

Partners

  • Joanne and Howie Adams
  • Patricia Andrade and Hank Walker
  • Mary Jan and Paul Bancroft
  • Joanna Barsh and David Garbasz
  • Jill Bemis and Brint Milward
  • Stephanie Bowers and Aaron Rottenstein
  • Em Martin Brott
  • Lori and Mike Bryant
  • Ruby and Bill Buchsbaum
  • Ava Butler
  • Amy Charles and Steve McMillan
  • Susan Comstock and Marc Rolfes
  • Lois and Tom Curti
  • Cynthia Dickstein and Frank Grundstrom
  • Anne and John Duffy
  • Rhonda and Robert Fleming
  • Elizabeth and Doug Friman
  • Judith (Judy) Gans and Joe Kalt
  • Peggy and Steve Goulding
  • Pam Grissom
  • Cande and Tom Grogan
  • Liz Kanter Groskind and Eric Groskind
  • Linda and Brian Hall
  • Serene and Matthew Harrison
  • Adaline and Dan Klemmedson
  • Shannon and Eric Kutscher
  • Margaret and George Larsen
  • Helaine Levy
  • Kenci Lewis and Randy Lewis
  • Sara and Johnny Long
  • Ann Lovell and Tom Warne
  • Jed Maddela and Rachel Arellano-Maddela
  • Anne Maley and Tim Schaffner
  • Bob and Ginnie McKay
  • Beth Miller and Chip Perry
  • Elizabeth Miller and Robert Mulgrew
  • Hanna Miller and Luke Jakobsen
  • Catherene “Renee” Morton
  • Ellen and Bill Nicoletti
  • Robert Padgett
  • Leslie Perls
  • Jane Ragle and Dr. John Smith
  • Margaret Rennels and David Curl
  • Judith Rich
  • Joan and Richard Sheingold
  • Shelly and Steven Silverman
  • Sarah Simpson
  • Rhona and Louis Stern
  • Susan and Jim Sofft
  • Matt Sweger
  • Sydney Teague and Lary Evans
  • Allison and Richard Vaillancourt
  • Deborah and Craig Watson
  • Sierra Wolter and Dr. Matt Beal

Community Partners
• Arizona Public Media
Jack Gibson, Director and General Manager Gene Robinson, Marketing & Communications Director
• Arizona Complete Health
Greg Taylor, Regional VP, Community Affairs & Michael Cyrino, Community & Events Coordinator
• Commerce Bank
John P. Lewis, President & CEO, , Jeanne Flower, AVP, Relationship Officer, & Sean Murray
• Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Clint Mabie, President/CEO &  Mark Montoya, VP of Operations
• Diamond Family Philanthropies
Helaine Levy, Executive Director
• Gadabout Salon and Spas
Jana Westerbeke, Megan Jasper and Pam McNair Wingate
• MobileSolve Group Inc. Donna Prescott and Steve Gaynor. Owners
• Roediger Hoff PLC
Anne V. Roediger and Anne C. Hoff, Owners
• Tucson Electric Power
Wendy Erica Werden, Manager, Community Investment and Philanthropy & Ana Pallares