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35 Partners + 1 Blue Heron enjoy final SVP Summer Social Series event

Earlier this year we asked Partners if they were serious about creating social change; if they had questions about how we can really make a difference in the lives of children and youth at risk. Read More »

The truth about Larry Achtemichuk

Larry Achtemichuk, with a career background in Information Technology, has been an SVP Partner for five years. He's had three Lead Partner gigs and is currently co-Lead Partner of NICCSS (Network of Inner City Community Services Society). Read More »

SVP welcomes back former Investee with $150,000 SVP Scaling Grant

Some of our long-time Partners will recognize our newest Scaling Grant recipient, Take a Hike Foundation (TAH), from when they were an SVP Investee from 2004 to 2007. They've come on board with SVP again with Nicole Geyer as Lead Partner to help take them to the next level. Read More »

The truth about Linda Louis

Linda Louis, a once long time ago teacher, has been an SVP Partner for 15 years and is currently the Lead Partner for Writers’ Exchange. Read More »

The truth about Nicole Geyer

Nicole’s been an SVP Partner for nine years and is currently a co-Lead Partner for Red Fox Healthy Living Society. Read More »

SVP Summer Social Series 2017

Are you serious about creating social change? Do you have questions about how we can really help children and youth at risk? Are you ready to dive into some serious dialogue with experts in non-profit impact? Then these sessions are for you! Read More »

The truth about Eric Cormier

Eric Cormier, a Contract CFO for early stage tech companies, has been an SVP Partner for 5 years, and is currently the Lead Partner of Fresh Roots. Read More »

The truth about Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones, a Software Company M&A Advisor, has been an SVP Partner for three years and is currently the Lead Partner of Mealshare. Read More »

Building capacity with the basics and much, much more!

SVP Vancouver is reaping the rewards of hiring Amanda Burrows to pilot our fundraising shared services project. With 10+ years’ experience, this rock star fundraising expert clearly demonstrates an incredible aptitude for understanding and executing on current philanthropy. Read More »

Clearing the path for Investees to do more good

Yo Bro Yo Girl is an excellent example of SVP's time + money model in action. SVP Partner resources and Lead Partner Nick's dedication and commitment to Yo Bro have helped catapult the organization into a growth trajectory. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Geoff Howard

Meet board director and chair of the Opportunities Committee (OC), Geoff Howard. Since joining SVP in 2011, Geoff has been a member of the OC, volunteered and assisted Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative (including arranging for them to get charitable status), Do What U Luv, and Mom2Mom. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Hamlet Abnousi

Meet Hamlet Abnousi, SVP board member since 2015 and co-chair of the Lead Partner Committee. Hamlet joined SVP in 2011, and since then has participated in an impressive array of roles Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Tom Porteous

Meet SVP Partner and board treasurer, Tom Porteous (full bio). Tom and his wife Jodie have been a part of SVP for 14 years and are big believers in giving back to the community. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Jeff Peterson

Meet Jeff Peterson, co-chair of the Lead Partner Committee and member of the SVP board of directors since 2014. He joined SVP in 2011, and in 2012 began volunteering as co-Lead Partner for former Investee, Saint James Music Academy. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Ron Klopfer

Meet Ron Klopfer, member of the SVP board of directors since 2012. His first role was as Treasurer, and he's currently the vice-chair. Ron and his wife Natalie have been SVP members since 2008. Read More »

Introducing SVP's newest Investee, Mealshare

SVP is excited to announce its newest Investee, Mealshare, a non-profit committed to creating a world where it’s easier to share with those in need, and every child and youth is fed as a result. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Robin Louis

Meet Robin Louis, member of the SVP Vancouver board of directors since 2013. He chairs the SVP Development Committee where he practices his favourite SVP activity: getting people excited to become SVP Partners. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Caroline Jellinck

Meet Caroline Jellinck, SVP board director since 2015 and chair of the SVP Governance Committee. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Dan Bowditch

Meet SVP board director Dan Bowditch. Dan has been active in almost all things SVP since he and his wife Ursula became partners in 2009. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Paul Geyer

Meet Paul Geyer, SVP Vancouver Board Chair since 2014. Paul and his wife Nicole have been SVP Partners since 2008, and are both very engaged at an organizational level and with our Investees. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Alanna Donahue

Meet SVP board director, Alanna Donahue. Most of you will remember her in her role as Interim Executive Director for SVP from October 2015 to April 2016, but she's been with SVP from the very beginning as a member of the founding board. Read More »

Yo Bro | Yo Girl: Transforming at-risk youth into confident leaders

SVP Investee, Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative is breaking barriers and making incredible strides in its mission to keep kids safe, in school, and positively connected to their communities. With help from Lead Partner, Nick Bedford, and the diligent work of Yo Bro founder Joe Calendino and his wife, Brenda, this powerful organization has grown fifteen-fold since 2009, and is poised on the edge of more exciting growth in the year ahead. Read More »

New Investee deepens roots with $55,000 SVP grant

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society – a social enterprise that uses its gardens and programs as the catalysts for healthy eating, ecological stewardship, and community celebration – presented to SVP’s Investment Committee in February. Fresh Roots’ appeal for financial and non-financial support from SVP centred around their Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership Program, with the goal to develop a third location and offer the program to youth with developmental disabilities. Read More »

One of a kind non-profit helps Aboriginal children and youth reach new heights

Red Fox Healthy Living Society’s ladder of support and opportunities for Aboriginal children and youth is one of a kind in Canada. Over the past nine years, Red Fox has cultivated its niche by remaining firmly focused on this community. Demand for their programs is on the rise, and with funding from SVP Vancouver, Red Fox is scaling from their downtown Vancouver origins to additional municipalities in Metro Vancouver. Read More »

Partner Q + A: getting to know Cathy Brown

SVP Partner since 2002, Cathy Brown seems to have access to more minutes in a day than most people. When she’s not chasing balls on the courts, walking her dog, or working CRM magic at Traction on Demand, Cathy volunteers her time with SVP sitting on the Board, chairing the SVP Opportunities Committee and acting as Lead Partner with one of SVP’s newest Investees, Red Fox Healthy Living Society. Read More »

SVP approves $105,000 in funding to Power To Be, Zero Ceiling, and new Investee, Red Fox

SVP’s Investment Committee met in October and November to hear presentations by three Investees, each at different [...] Read More »

Partner Q + A: getting to know Scott Shaw

Scott Shaw joined the SVP Partner team in April, 2015. He was the President and CEO of Sutton Group Realty Services for 32 years, and in September of this year, stepped into the Director role. Scott is now able to spend more time in the philanthropic realm where his passion for helping others is truly making an impact in Vancouver’s social sector. Scott has jumped into SVP with both feet, as a volunteer, Co-Funder, and Co-Lead Partner for one of SVP’s newest Investees, Social Diversity for Children (SDC). Read More »

Meet SVP Investee Social Diversity for Children – a model of innovation

Through their community programs and events, SDC’s young leaders help foster understanding and empathy between youth and children with and without disabilities. By inspiring a younger generation to embrace all people without discrimination, these youth reduce ableism one friendship at a time. Read More »

SVP awards $225,450 to five worthy Investees this summer 

Mom2Mom, KidSafe, Adoptive Families Association of BC, ONE TO ONE Literacy, and our newest Investee, Social Diversity for Children receive SVP funding boost. Read More »

SVP needs U! Your Time = Incredible Impact

SVP relies on the expertise and commitment of its Partners to help Investees strengthen their organizational [...] Read More »

Partner Q + A: getting to know Praveen Varshney

To use an old, but apropos cliché, time flies! When we asked Praveen Varshney – entrepreneur and environmental [...] Read More »

St. James Music Academy graduates from SVP Vancouver

St. James Music Academy is the first Investee to “graduate” from SVP’s revitalized selection process introduced in 2012. During our 3 year engagement, SJMA nearly doubled the number of children served, funds raised, programs offered, and unique donors. Read More »

SVP honours three Distinguished Partners: Nick Bedford, Judy Gale, Ken Spencer

During our Spring Mingle, on a beautiful evening at the historic Hycroft Manor, SVP took the opportunity to recognize three Partners for their extraordinary service and contributions to SVP over many years. Nick Bedford, Judy Gale and Ken Spencer were each honoured with the title of Distinguished Partner. Read More »

Partner Q + A: Getting to know Kathy Butler

Kathy Butler, Head of Wholesale Banking British Columbia at CIBC, is a long-standing SVP Partner and business leader. She is known for her great client service and commitment to mentorship for aspiring bankers and budding business people. A nominee for the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award and winner of the Association of Women in Finance Peak Award, Kathy balances business, family and philanthropy with aplomb – and we think she’s pretty amazing. Read More »

Stewardship powers success at Power to Be

On May 15, Tim was the guest speaker at SVP’s Investee Forum – an opportunity for Investees to connect, share and learn. The Forum titled, Stories of Success and Non-Profit Best Practices, Tim shared valuable advice, lessons learned, and a good dose of wisdom from 17 years of charity work as the founder of Power to Be, whose mission is to provide people with barriers access to nature and outdoor recreation. Read More »

SVP approves $214,000 in funding to 5 Investees in first half of 2015

On April 16, the Investment Committee approved Yo Bro Youth Initiative ($45,000) and SafeOnline’s third year of funding ($30,000), as well as a new application from Athletics for Kids for a third year ask ($35,000). On May 26, Growing Chefs! was approved for a second year ($56,000) which included funding for a fund development resource, and SVP officially welcomed Writers’ Exchange as its newest Investee with a grant of $48,000 after a year plus of dedicated Partner time working with them to reach this goal. Read More »

A4K scores with third year SVP grant of $35,000

Every child deserves the chance to play sports – to be a part of a team, get exercise, gain confidence and learn the game. SVP Investee, Athletics for Kids (A4K) provides sports grants to children living in low income families. In 2014, they provided 850 sports grants and with SVP’s $35,000 donation and with the support of Lead Partner, Dan Bowditch, A4K is hoping to increase their grants to 1,250 in the coming year. Find out what A4K’s game changing strategy is and how they plan to build a fundraising culture among their team starting with a brand new website and updated communications collateral. Read More »

Partner Q + A - Getting to know Dan Bowditch

Dan Bowditch, man of the hour, is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. This former BC Hydro senior manager and current cycling enthusiast received well-deserved recognition this month with UBC’s Engineering Community Service Alumni Award. Read Dan’s Q + A to find out about his favourite SVP memory and some unexpected facts, such as his love for folk music and why ship captains consider Bowditch to be a noun. Read More »

KidSafe Pancakes Breakfast heralds the launch of "KidSafe Week" in City of Vancouver

KidSafe celebrated the official launch of “KidSafe Week” in the city of Vancouver at their annual Supporter’s Pancake Breakfast in March 2015, joining KidSafe children, staff, volunteers and donors (including many SVP Vancouver partners) over a nutritious and delicious breakfast celebration! Read More »

Shafin Diamond Tejani and Victory Square Labs receive prestigious Prime Minister Volunteer Award

SVP Partner Shafin Diamond Tejani and his company Victory Square Labs are recognized by the Prime Minister of Canada as a Business Leader. Read More »

Winter Mingle puts a spotlight on SJMA

More than 60 Partners, volunteers and staff attended the event to socialize and learn about SVP successes and engagement opportunities. Read More »

Have you got what it takes to be an SVP Lead Partner? Yes – you do!

Our Charitable Investees rely on SVP’s resources and connections to help increase their impact in our community. To access our resources, one of our most critical Partner volunteer roles is needed, that of Lead Partner. The Lead Partner acts as the primary liaison between the Investee and SVP to help make the relationship as productive as possible. Read More »

Partner Q & A - Getting to know Marie-Claire Howard

Born in France, Marie-Claire Howard moved to Canada in 1984. Marie-Claire studied Political Sciences at the University of Grenoble and worked in journalism and media relations before becoming a small business administrator. She is a partner at Howard Vera Design, providing residential and commercial design services. Marie-Claire and her husband Geoffrey joined SVP in 2011 and have been active Partners ever since. Read More »

Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative: helping moms and their kids rise up from poverty

Barb Fitzgerald, founder of Mom2Mom, describes how mentoring and support creates a less stressful environment where disadvantaged mothers can make positive life choices. Read More »

Parents get a lesson in online safety for their children

SafeOnline Education Society addresses the relatively new phenomena of widespread Internet access by children and youth, specifically how young people use this technology in unsafe ways. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of parents’ roles in influencing their child’s safe Internet conduct. Read More »

KidLink participant is grateful to try activities she's always dreamed of

KidSafe’s KidLink program supports vulnerable Vancouver youth during a time of great risk: high school transition. These susceptible youth receive one to one support from KidLink’s Program Coordinator who helps them access and succeed in the youth programs and services they need and deserve, but often lack access to due to socioeconomic and emotional barriers. Read More »

AFABC's online adoption program helps parents prepare for unique challenges

Thanks to the AFABC's online Adoption Education Program, Tim and Amber were ready to manage the unique ways that parenting adopted children is different from parenting biological children. Read More »

Mom2Mom mentors are a source of strength for Sindy

Sindy's challenging year exemplifies the important role Mom2Mom mentors can play to support a mother and her children through difficult times. Janet and Stephanie helped guide Sindy through the search for a new place to live and services for her child. Read More »

SJMA pianist becomes first graduate of Senior Program

When Saint James Music Academy enrolled its first students in 2007, twelve-year old Rachel was among them, a young person with no previous musical education but, like every child, filled with potential. Rachel became the first student to ever graduate from SJMA’s Senior Program. Read More »

Yo Bro mentor empowers women to be free from fear

Amanda found her passion in martial arts through Yo Bro’s Empowering Young Women program, eventually becoming a mentor and role model for other girls in the program. Read More »

Growing Chefs! volunteer chef transforms veggie haters to kale crusaders

Growing Chefs! hands-on lessons get kids excited about eating nutritious foods and provides them with the skills, knowledge, and most importantly, desire, to become lifelong healthy eaters. Read More »

Athletics for Kids enables a young athlete to succeed his hockey goals

When Cheryl-Ann Henning requested funding from Athletics for Kids to register her son Ben in hockey for the first time, the organization had no idea how significant the sports grant would be to this family. Read More »

A bookworm is born through ONE TO ONE's literacy program

Through the ONE TO ONE program, Sarah changed from an “I can’t” attitude to confidently describing herself as “I am a good reader”. Her teacher said that without this program, Sarah would have been a very disruptive student, on track to be at-risk. The ONE TO ONE program provided her the confidence to become a successful student, which will translate to all aspects of her schooling. Read More »

Power To Be puts disabilities in perspective

A participant in Power To Be Adventure Therapy’s Adaptive Recreation program for the past decade, Alanna Stockford's self-confidence has grown with each kayak paddle stroke through the waters around North Vancouver. Read More »

Matthew Morin achieves his potential through three SVP Investees

From Take a Hike to Yo Bro to Zero Ceiling, Matthew Morin attributes his transformation to the guidance and direction provided by SVP Investees. Read More »

SVP International Impact Report 2014

Read stories from across the SVP Network that showcase our work together. Share it with others who join us in this ambitious effort called Social Venture Partners. Read More »

Take-a-Hike Youth at Risk Foundation – a SVP Vancouver success story

Over our 14 year history, there have been numerous stories of success amongst our many Investees. From 2004 to 2007, SVP was involved with the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation (TAH). I am writing to share the airing of a documentary Clara’s Big Ride on CTV this Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Clara Hughes is an ambassador and big supporter of TAH and is helping draw attention to mental health issues, which research suggests is incubated in many cases during adolescence. Read More »

Partner Q & A - Getting to know the Telfers

Paola and Geoff Telfer joined SVP Vancouver in 2013. They have been together for 19 years, happily married for 16 [...] Read More »

Fresh Powder: Zero Ceiling gives youth the opportunity to carve a new path

What would happen if a young person living in poverty was given the opportunity to snowboard, mountain bike, or [...] Read More »

Norm Francis named SVP's first Distinguished Partner

On September 25, 2014, David Sutcliffe, Founding Board Chair of SVP Vancouver bestowed Founding Partner, Norm Francis with the title of Distinguished Partner. This special recognition was recently established by the Board of Directors to honour distinguished service to BC Social Venture Partners Foundation. Read More »

ONE TO ONE expands to 9 new schools and 2 new communities with SVP's support

With the support of SVP Partners and second year funding, ONE TO ONE realizes significant expansion to support children's literacy. Read More »

SVP grants a total of $110,000 to Power To Be, ONE TO ONE, and newest Investee Zero Ceiling

SVP officially welcomes Zero Ceiling into the fold with first year funding approval and grants second year funding to Power To Be and ONE TO ONE. Read More »

The Origin Story of SVP Vancouver

Every SVP has its own unique "origin" story. Read how SVP Vancouver came to be in 2001, as a result of serendipity and generosity in the hi-tech sector. Read More »

SVP approves $165,300 in funding to 4 worthy Investees

First-time SVP grant recipient Adoptive Families Association of BC, new Investee Mom to Mom Poverty Initiative, and veteran Investees Saint James Music Academy and KidSafe Project Society were successfully approved for funding in July, 2014. Read More »

KidSafe: Summer program begins, KidLink ready for 2nd year

KidSafe Project Society's summer program, funded by their annual golf tournament, will keep 310 vulnerable youth learning and having fun during the summer months. KidLink is successfully serving youth during their transition to high school. Read More »

The Louis Family: Philanthropy spans to the next generation

Meet the Louises: Owen joins his parents Robin and Linda to continue a ten year legacy of funding and supporting non-profits through SVP. Read More »

Hamlet Abnousi: SVP Partner doing really good things and falling in love with Philanthropy

Hamlet Abnousi has a passion for science and business and has fallen in love with wanting to make a big impact on lives, by doing really cool things. That is not just his personal style, but how he has built his business. Read More »

SVP approves $145,000 in funding to 4 deserving Investees

SVP’s Investment Committee met twice in April, approving second year funding for three existing Investees, Athletics for Kids, Safe Online Outreach Society and Yo Bro Youth Initiative, and funding for our newest Investee, Growing Chefs!. Read More »

Growing Chefs! A Garden of Endless Potential

With a desire to break down the kitchen walls and share the knowledge that is invaluable to every human, Merri Schwartz founded Growing Chefs! in 2005. Schwartz, a full-time professional pastry chef, had the idea to educate our most influential, our youth, on the importance of food sustainability, nutrition, and local agriculture. Read More »

Joe Calendino honoured with Courage to Come Back Award

The Province Feature: Joe Calendino, recipient of a 2014 Courage to Come Back award, now works with youth to help steer them away from drugs, booze and gangs. Read More »

Shafin Diamond: Working at the Intersection of Business and Community

He describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and sports junkie, and it’s not hard to see why. Shafin started his first business 18 years ago at the age of 19. It has since spiraled into launching 28 start-ups, in 13 different countries, generating over $50 million in revenues. Read More »

Yo Bro: A Resilient Solution

Yo Bro Youth Initiative builds resilience in the students and helps them deal with the risks and temptations of drugs and gang involvement, allowing them to achieve their full potential in life. Read More »

Athletics for Kids - The Benefits of Sport

Athletics for Kids is on a mission to give every child in our community the opportunity to participate in sports. Read More »

Saint James Music Academy - Changing lives through music

SJMA now reaches 275 children in five local schools with their academic and outreach programs. Read More »

The Origin Story of SVP Vancouver

Every SVP has its own unique "origin" story. Read how SVP Vancouver came to be in 2001, as a result of serendipity and generosity in the hi-tech sector. Read More »

SVP Origin Story

It was 1994, and Paul Brainerd was out of a job. He had just sold his software company, Aldus Corporation, to Adobe. PageMaker, the desktop publishing program his company created, had revolutionized printing and publishing—and left him an unexpected millionaire. Read More »