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From the CEO: SVP’s Summer Plans

Posted by Solynn McCurdy

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Chances are you’re confirming summer plans with friends and family or getting involved in new ways with your community. SVP is making summer plans as well. For those who could make it to our 20-Year Celebration, it comes as no surprise the event fueled activity around our vision.

Moving forward, I’ll be sending you monthly updates on our progress toward centering SVP’s work in racial equity and redefining philanthropy. Since the event in May, our team convened an engaging retreat with the SVP Board of Directors and agreed to pursue the following program enhancements over the next four years (2018-2022):

  • Activate and Engage Individuals
    • Around a defined philanthropy curriculum that complements all SVP experiential learning.
    • In deeper learning of power dynamics in grantmaking and philanthropy, by growing SVP’s equity training opportunities.
    • By enhancing on-ramps like the Brainerd Fellowship as a critical part of our efforts to increase participation and infusion of racially diverse voices, perspectives and experiences into decision-making processes.
  • Support Nonprofit Organizations
    • With increased equitable grantmaking practices (e.g. expanding community voice on grant committees) and more robust capacity building efforts.
    • By leveraging Communities of Practice as a funnel for partner engagement, adding three Communities of Practice in governance, communications and fund development.
    • With a Racial Equity Community of Practice that is focused on supporting investees with their racial equity journey.
  • Foster and Bring Together the Collective Influence of diverse groups and organizations to address systemic issues of policy and practice.
    • Lead a different conversation that drives systemic change to core philanthropic institutions and the populations they support within King County.
    • Elevate our communications efforts to rewrite the narrative on philanthropy’s role towards building thriving and just communities.

This summer will continue to be an exciting time for SVP as we build upon the great work we already do and prioritize measures that are ripe for improvement. I will be in touch as more develops and opportunities arise to engage in SVP partner and community roundtables.

In the meantime, our SVP Fast Pitch program has hit the ground running. Fill out our volunteer survey to plug in this summer!


In Partnership,
Solynn McCurdy
CEO of SVP Seattle

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