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Hotdiggity, 20 New Staff around the World!

Posted by Cecilia Garza

In the past six months, at least 20 new staff members have joined the network, from communications managers to altogether new EDs starting new affiliates! Hotdiggity, that’s bonafidedly fabulous! (Okay, I don’t even know what that means. Its noise, people. I’m making happy noise!)

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Our Reigning Ping Pong Champions! And Other Global Conference News …

Posted by seattle

Okay, so we didn’t officially keep score, but Dan Tisch and Dara Parker sure LOOK like they’re laying down some solid Canadian backspins, chops and drop shots. (And Dan was no slouch in the Skee-Ball lanes either!) Over many rounds of games and beers our global SVP family laughed, reconnected and kicked off an incredible two days of learning and inspiration.

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Why Don’t People Get Our E-Newsletter?

Posted by seattle

Just the other day, a partner popped by the office to help me write a description for an event. She was looking over my shoulder at the newsletter we were about to send out and said, puzzled, “I don’t think I’m getting these.” Blerg. Not what I wanted to hear – and all too familiar.

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Capturing Joy

Posted by seattle

Lisa got the call at 10:30 on a warm July night. Sara was in labor. Caught off-guard, Lisa panicked slightly. She had been out for drinks with friends and didn’t feel safe driving to the hospital. Luckily, the woman on the other end of the line assured her the birth was hours off. Heading straight home, Lisa packed her gear. Tomorrow would be a first.

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Project Feast: The Secret Ingredient is Purpose

Posted by Cecilia Garza

In 2012, Veena Prasad had an idea: to use food heritage as a way for refugees and immigrants to begin a new chapter in their lives. She didn’t make it past the SVP Fast Pitch quarterfinals at the time, but in pitching the concept, Veena came face-to-face with a deeper need in her life. A year later, Project Feast was no longer just an idea. This time, it went all the way to the finals – and won.

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Growing From the Core

Posted by Cecilia Garza

When College Access Now (CAN) first applied for an SVP grant, no one could have predicted how the organization would evolve. Now in their final year as an Investee, CAN has worked with SVP Partners on everything from strategic planning to building a portfolio of photos that captures the depth of their story and diversity of the communities they serve. The growth they’ve experienced as a result is dramatic.

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A Head for Numbers, a Heart for Change

Posted by Cecilia Garza

Up until five years ago, Tanya Anderson’s definition of ‘philanthropy’ was straight forward: to give money. It might have been her career in finance that had something to do with it. But after working with SVP Seattle's Finance Community of Practice, she had a change of heart.

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