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SVP Waterloo Region Announces 2018 Investee

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Agency to Receive Three-Year Grant and Capacity-Building Support


Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region (SVPWR) met on June 19th at their All Partners Meeting to announce the latest charity they will invest in. In addition to investing in carefully vetted local charities, SVPWR cultivates effective philanthropists and strengthens the local charitable sector by contributing thousands of volunteer hours designed to help nonprofits develop strong management practices, strategies, and systems that will increase their ability to fulfill their mission. In turn, SVP partners realize rewarding benefits from their relationships with local nonprofits and each other, resulting in shared learning and increased giving.

SVPWR has selected Carizon Family & Community Services (Carizon) as its 2018 investee. Carizon specializes in children’s mental health, youth engagement and development, family violence, individual and family counselling, credit counselling, settlement supports, and collective wellness programs, and strives to build hope, wellness, and community in Waterloo Region.

“Carizon provides a continuum of mental health and wellbeing services that help families thrive in their communities,” says Tracy Elop, CEO, Carizon. “Investing in Carizon over the next three years, SVPWR will help us advance our capacity to achieve our mission and deliver impactful and state-of-the-art services. With a spirit of learning and innovation, we are delighted to be the recipients of SVPWR’s expertise, creativity, financial support, and dedication to empowering not-for-profit organizations. This is an exciting opportunity that will enhance our ability to strengthen families and communities across Waterloo Region.”

SVPWR’s Executive Director, Rose Greensides, adds: “SVPWR builds a new kind of relationship between charities and funders. We ask a lot of the charities we partner with. We ask them to show us where there are opportunities for growth: where they need help. It’s not usually the side you show a funder. When we finally have that conversation – that’s when we all know we’re getting somewhere. I am extremely pleased that Carizon has been selected this year. Their Executive team leadership and their Board is poised to take advantage of this unique funding relationship. We’re committed to supporting Carizon and helping to strengthen their organization.”

SVPWR is also proud to announce its SVP Teens program has selected Life Change Adventures as their 2018 Community Grant recipient. Life Change Adventures invests in local neighbourhoods through summer camps and programming to high school students around mentorship, belonging, and life skills.