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With more than 3500 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

At Social Venture Partners Minnesota we have about 100 Partners (our donors). They range from financial managers to COOs, from corporate veterans to chairs of their school board, and from seasoned philanthropists to people just beginning to explore their giving potential.

If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet these folks.

Linda Ireland uses her personal Board service experience to guide nonprofits to stronger governance structures. Jim Anderson applies his consulting expertise to mentor nonprofit leaders and other SVP Partners in best practices. Eric Jackson found a way to engage his employees in meaningful work with local nonprofits. And the list goes on…

Every story is different, but each is fueled by a series of connections. That’s the beauty of the SVP network. You never know who will take your impact to the next level.

Meet Some of Our Partners…

Mary & Jim Anderson

Mary and Jim live in Minnetonka and have adult twins: Jack and Emily. Jim worked in the software industry which required significant travel and commitment to his career. Mary worked as a CPA until the twins were born and then became a full-time stay-at-home mom, volunteer and caretaker. Read More »

Cyndie Leary

My husband, Dan, and I live in Cottage Grove, with our two young adult children. We also have two dogs - an 11-year-old yellow lab and a three-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. My mom also lives with us, with her dog, Beau. Read More »

We are tremendously grateful for our community of Partners.

Time and talent, generosity, and drive for something better…these are the roots of transformation – for individuals, for organizations, for our community.


Mary & Jim Anderson
Jeff Arnesen
Kate & Art Berman
Linda Bryant
Lindsey Eichenlaub & Ben Burgum
Nancy Chang
Ally & Joe Delgado
Carlee & Pat Donohue
Amber & Nathan Espinosa
Gary Gallagher
Joan & Craig Gudorf
Dionne & Alex Gumbs
Rodolfo Gutierrez
Deb Garvey & Chapin Hall
Mary Dee & George Hicks
Johnnie Hicks
Michelle & Jeffrey Hinck
Linda Ireland
Chad Johnson
Neda Kellogg
Jayme & Bob Keseley
Karen & Dan Kinsella
Julie & Rick Krieger
Kathy & Marty Leestma
Eileen & Paul Lundberg
Mary Anne & John Mauriel
Danielle Denney Moriarity & Michael Moriarity
Drew Moss
Kimpa & David Moss
Vanan Murugesan
Frank Parisi
Holly & Jeff Parker
Brian Peterson
Daniela Vasan & Josh Reimnitz
Jeanne Rudelius
Ellie Singer
Tracy & Alden Skar
Kirk Smith
Carla Pavone & Morris Stockburger
Christi Strauss
Leslye Suarez
Erin & Josh Susser
Vicki Raport & Guff Van Vooren
Jane & Steve VanTassel
Janet & John Watson
Veronica Williams


C.H. Robinson
Molly Nelson

Factory Motor Parts
Marshall Lehman

Eric Jackson
Cyndie Leary

Lurie, LLP
Rhoda Beaird
Julie Helms
Amy Jongerius
Michele Martin
Charles Talbert

Varde Partners
Chris Harms
Andrea Norris
Shannon Richter
Karin Stone
Caitlin Sullivan
Adam Ziskind

Bame Foundation
Gudorf Family Fund
Marjorie Weil & Marvin Edward Mitchell Foundation

2019 Partner Awards

In recognition of Partners who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the mission of SVP Minnesota and to helping our Investees build capacity…

Partner of the Year

  • Cyndie Leary for her leadership as co-Lead Partner for Spark-Y, service on the Investment Committee and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Amy Jo Van Culin for her leadership as co-Lead Partner for Spark-Y and as manager of the SVP-Lube-Tech relationship.

Fast Start Award
Awarded to Partners who go above and beyond within their first two years as Partners.

  • Ellie Singer for helping SVP scale through her multiple roles on the Investment Committee, Equity Team, Due Diligence Team and as Lead Partner for Elpis Enterprises.
  • Jeanne Rudelius for her leadership as Lead Partner for Connections to Independence (C2i).

5-Year Partners: Tracy and Alden Skar

Outgoing Board Service Award: Jim Anderson, Rebecca Duvick, Kimpa Moss and Carla Pavone.