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LOCAL TEEN PHILANTHROPY GROUP LAUNCHES ON #GIVINGTUESDAY

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Social Venture Partners Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary in Waterloo Region with the Addition of SVP Teens

DECEMBER 3, 2013 – WATERLOO, ON – Social Venture Partners (SVP), a group of local individuals focused on tackling Waterloo Region’s social challenges involving children and families, today launched its new teen philanthropy group, SVP Teens, as part of its 3rd anniversary in Waterloo Region and the global GivingTuesday movement.

Similar to events and organizations such as We Day and Free the Children, SVP Teens rallies youth together and energizes them to get involved with the causes they are most passionate about, but it also goes further and deeper. SVP Teens prepares and empowers youth to address problems facing their community throughout the year and teaches them the importance and value of strategic and engaged philanthropy.

Consisting of more than 10 local high school students, SVP Teens decide on an area of granting focus, raise their own funds, research the issue area they have selected, solicit and evaluate grant applications from local nonprofits, conduct site visits, and make annual grants valued at thousands of dollars. Once an annual grant is made, the teens volunteer their time and talents with the chosen charitable organization and get to see first-hand the impact of their community investment.

“I’m proud of my kids and their friends for what they are doing with SVP Teens,” said Tim Martin, SVP partner and SVP Teens advisor. “This isn’t a traditional teen fundraising group. Similar to SVP’s model of giving time, talent and treasure, these teens are figuring out the best way they can make our region a better place to live – from deciding on the issues that are important to them to the nonprofits they will partner and invest in.  In addition, SVP Teens are learning valuable skills such as planning, organization, time and financial management, research and leadership which will help them in school, future careers and life.”

SVP Teens members are current high school students and have family members or friends who are SVP partners. There is no application process – just an expectation that members are thoughtful, hardworking, responsible, open to others’ ideas and confident in their own, and interested in learning from their fellow teens and adults they meet through the program.

“My parents are SVP partners and have always instilled in me the importance of giving back to our community, so when the opportunity came up to help start a teen philanthropy group I was interested in being a part of it,” said Matthew Caputo, SVP Teens Chair and local high school student.

SVP is launching SVP Teens on GivingTuesday, a global movement that marks the opening day of the giving season. The movement encourages individuals and organizations to join together and find innovative ways to give back to the charities and causes they support throughout the holiday season. Taking place December 3, 2013 – the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday – GivingTuesday is focused on creating a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping.

As part of GivingTuesday, donations can be made to SVP at svpwr.org or CanadaHelps.org. Donations support SVP’s charitable activities focused on helping families and children in Waterloo Region. Donations made today using Interact Online will be matched by Interact up to $5,000.

SVP Teens Photos – Visit svpwr.org to download SVP Teens photos.

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About Social Venture Partners (SVP)

SVP is a global network of local individuals that are passionate about making a difference in their community and want to see a greater impact with their giving.  Going beyond traditional philanthropy, SVP donates talent, time and funds to amplify the impact it has on each vetted charity in which it invests.  As the largest network of engaged donors in the world with more than 2,700 partners in over 30 cities globally SVP has collectively given more than $46 million (USD) and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to 550+ nonprofits since 1997.  SVP Waterloo Region was founded in late 2010 and currently focuses its efforts on child, youth and family development with investments in Strong Start, a charity focused on literacy for young children, Woolwich Counselling Centre, which offers counselling services for children and families, and Kinbridge Community Association, which provides recreation, education and social programs for children, youth and adults in diverse neighbourhoods.

Join SVP and become a partner – make a greater impact with your giving, help strengthen local nonprofits, see the impact of your investment and have fun working with like-minded community builders.  Visit www.svpwr.org to find out more about SVPWR, follow us on Twitter @SVPWR, like us on Facebook and download our mobile app to get the latest SVPWR information on your smartphone.