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Embracing the World around Her, SVP Partner Catalina Wagers Brims over with Passion and Compassion

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What are you most passionate about? I am passionate about life! Living every moment to its fullest—living awake, curious, and in a perpetual state of wonder and gratitude. Living my truth while trying to make the world a better place one action at the time. I know it sounds corny, but this is my life purpose. Read More »

From SVP International Board Member to Grandpa, Cleveland Partner Kevin Shaw is Committed to Building Connections for Bright Futures

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You are one of SVP’s most veteran members, having joined in 2003. What drew you to SVP then and what has kept you engaged for the past 17 years? SVP Partner Mary Bright drew me in because she spoke so highly of this organization. The chance to make a difference was what most attracted me. Today, my close friendships are what keep me involved. Read More »

Tinkerer and Tackler, from Bike Parts to Nonprofits, SVP Partner Ben Faller Loves a Challenge

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Ben Faller’s favorite books from his youth were Our Universe and The Way Things Work. These titles reveal a deep and early desire to understand Mechanics—how forces affect material bodies, the conditions under which that happens best, and the right tools that get it done. Yes, this would make Ben a great problem-solver. And he loves to solve problems—in concrete ways with bike parts or wood and tools and in not-so-concrete ways with people and relationships and society. Read More »

Beyond How It’s Always Been: SVP Partner, Denise Crudup, Blazes a New Trail and Believes in Our Unique Natures

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SVP Partner Denise Crudup admits to having been a helicopter mom while her child grew up. As the time approached for her daughter to go off to college, she resolved she would turn those energies toward helping the community around her through philanthropy. A seasoned educator, holding two graduate certificates, three Master’s degrees with a fourth in progress, Denise approached this new journey as she does everything; “I got this, I will figure it out.” Then, her husband was offered a great job in another state. Read More »

A Future Focused on Health for All: Q&A with SVP Fellow Nadet Najjar

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"I have especially been impressed by SVP’s unique design, and how it can also mold itself to have an even greater reach to its applicants. I leave every SVP gathering inspired and with a warm heart. The genuineness of SVP’s members and outside organizations we work with has shown to be contagious." Read More »

A Global View, a Local Approach & a Call for Alignment: Q&A with Barry Doggett

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"I have been involved in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations for over twenty-five years around the world. The work that SVP Cleveland undertakes is unique in bringing such a wide range of approaches and talents to the table. Our Partners have tremendous talents and energy that translate into enhanced results for our Investees." Read More »

Home Repair Resource Center | Tools for Growth

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HRRC ED Ben and SVP Lead Partner, Evan Ishida, got to work right away setting forth “sprints” or goals they hoped to achieve during the partnership. The first project—accomplished through several meetings with Ben, Evan, HRRC Board Members, a host of SVP Partners, and hundreds of post-it notes—resulted in a new pricing structure necessary to keep certain programs which had been at risk due to financial uncertainty. As a result of those working sessions, HRRC saw a 300% increase in revenue in our Project Repair and Tool Library programs Read More »