One of the fun parts of working at SVP is hearing about all the great stuff our Partners are doing out in the community. Here is just a sprinkling of news from five of our Partners!
Cikeithia Pugh Receives SOAR Community Achievement Award
As the Early Literacy Program Manager at The Seattle Public Library (SPL), CiKeithia Pugh builds partnerships between the library and the early learning community by connecting on the ground providers with critical resources. She has built the successful Raising a Reader program at SPL and pushed SPL to be more engaged with the community, especially communities of color.
CiKeithia also chaired SVP’s Early Learning Grant Committee and is a facilitator for the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative, working with librarians to understand their role in the initiative.
SOAR – a community coalition that promotes healthy development of children, youth and families in King County – recognized Cikeithia’s crucial work with their Community Achievement Award.
Tony Mestres Hired as CEO of the Seattle Foundation
SVP Board member, Tony Mestres is the new president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, filling the role vacated by Norman B. Rice who retired this year. Tony shared his passion for the new role with The Nonprofit Times.
“More than a decade of deep involvement in Social Venture Partners and Kindering ignited my interest in the dynamic world of social impact,” said Tony. “The chance to lead a philanthropic organization with such a rich legacy and abundant opportunity ahead aligned perfectly with my desire to move into a career of greater service and purpose.”
Hamdi Abdulle Receives a Human Service and Equity Award
Each year the South King Council for Human Services (SKCHS ) honors individuals, organizations and businesses that significantly or uniquely serve, and/or promote equity in, South King County.
“The award recipients exemplify community leadership in South King County and truly are making a difference in strengthening our communities,” says Minty LongEarth, Executive Director of SKCHS.
In her award, SVP Partner Hamdi Abdulle was recognized for her role as an advocate for Somali and East African youth and families in South King County. “Personally and through her work at Somali Youth and Family Club, Hamdi is an incredible activist for her community – a voice for its needs and a champion of its strengths,” wrote SKCHS Membership Coordinator, Roxana Pardo Garcia.
Sonya Campion Named Among the Top 50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector
In an annual publication, The Nonprofit Times recognizes their “Power & Influence Top 50.” This year, the people they honored made particular contributions towards building and restoring a civil society.
SVP Partner, Sonya Campion was named among their Top 50. Sonya is a Trustee and the Co-Founder of the Campion Foundation, which focuses on protecting wilderness, ending homelessness and building the capacity of their grantees.
The Nonprofit Times wrote: “Three decades of powerhouse fundraising experience and a pal in the White House position Sonya for great influence. Her grants trigger significant change in the social and environmental arenas. Said one Pacific Northwest social entrepreneur: ‘I’d walk through the fire with her.’”
Ravi Venkatesan Joins The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees
SVP India Founder and Chairman, Ravi Venkatesan recently joined The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees. In the press release Ravi was quoted saying:
“I am thrilled and honored to be joining The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees. The Rockefeller Foundation’s history of supporting the ingenuity of innovators who have transformed and improved billions of lives of poor or vulnerable people is unparalleled, and I very much look forward to contributing to its legacy.”
Any Other News??
If you know of other SVP Partners who have received accolades recently or are doing something particularly cool – which is all of them! – drop us a line. We’d love to give them a shout out on our blog!