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2020 Fall Impact Report

Welcome Letter
Investee Insight
A SVP Conversation
SVP by the Numbers
Investees
Board
Staff

Welcome to the 2020 Fall Impact Report! We’ve gone digital. Simply navigate through the report using the table of contents.

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Lead Partner, Sherri Richardson, and the Executive Director of Somali Parents Education Board, Regina Elma talk about the negatives and positives that COVID-19 has had on the communities it serves.

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See the past and present of SVP talk! SVP Seattle's founding Executive Director, Paul Shoemaker and SVP Seattle's Executive Director, Emiko Atherton, talk about the history of SVP and what we aim to accomplish in the future.

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SVP Seattle occupies a special and unique space in King County, bridging the gap between philanthropy and non-profit organizations. Since our founding, SVP Seattle has leveraged the power of our Partners to support non-profit organizations working on education and the environment in King County.

 

In our fiscal year 2020, we delivered almost $300,000 to our multi-year Investees, Collective Action Team grant recipients, and Fast Pitch participants and winners. This included a first-time ever grant to Black Lives Matter Seattle. With that said, SVP Seattle is a non-profit itself and has not been immune to the impacts of the global pandemic. What that means for us is that we are operating with fewer dollars than in previous years, while leveraging relief opportunities through the Federal CARES Act. This has meant we have had to make choices, such as renting a smaller office space and reducing staff, so that we can continue to deliver on our core mission.

Looking to 2021, the need for SVP Seattle is greater than ever before as we rebuild the region. As a Partnership, we have the power to collectively act and invest to support the systems change needed in our community. At our Winter Partner Meeting, I look forward to sharing the SVP Seattle Vision for 2021 and ways you can engage and lead with us next year.

 

Our Investees are fighting for a healthier planet, and the potential of every child.

They are tackling some of our community’s most pressing issues in early learning, K-12 education, youth development, and the environment. SVP is honored to be their accomplice, providing 3-5 years of unrestricted funding and capacity building support as well as shorter-term collective action grants.

SVP Seattle’s Board of Directors is an elected group of SVP Seattle Partners who support the work of SVP Seattle and provide mission-driven leadership, strategic governance, and ensure the organization has the resources to succeed. Click on any profile to go learn more about each SVP Seattle Board member!

We are just getting started on the real work of making our community a better place for kids and families, and helping to create and sustain a healthy environment. The combination of our new leadership and experienced team has put us in the best position to propel SVP Seattle’s work to a new level of impact and positive change. Read on to see what each team member is excited about for in the coming year.

Emiko Atherton, Executive Director

What's been your favorite experience so far at SVP? I don’t have one favorite experience, but each time I meet a new Partner it is an affirmation of why SVP Seattle is so special and why I took this job.

What are you looking forward to for the upcoming year? Fingers crossed, but hopefully meeting some of you in person! But I’m really also excited for our 2021 vision and how the Partnership can be a part of the rebuilding our region will need next year.

 

 

Heather Hardin, Director of Partner Engagement

What was your favorite experience/memory from last year with SVP? A highlight for me was our Fall 2019 Partner Meeting. It was wonderful to meet so many partners, welcome new partners, hear thought provoking speakers and eat delicious food, all while sharing space at El Centro de la Raza.

What are you looking forward to for the upcoming year? I am looking forward to continuing being creative and intentional with SVP Seattle’s virtual programming. I am excited for our Innovation and Incubation programing this Fall.

 

Jenny Gerber, Sr. Finance and Operations Manager

What was your favorite experience/memory from last year with SVP? The Fast Pitch semi-finals – because I got to see the supportive cohort model in action, and I got to get a deeper dive with some of the Innovators and their work. Also, participating in the summer Partner Briefings – it was a great way to meet many more Partners and engage around the challenges facing the nonprofit sector in this moment of racial reckoning during a global pandemic.

What are you looking forward to for the upcoming year? Getting to work on more of the programming that we offer now that I’m not the new kid on the block. I am loving our Innovation and Incubation Campaign!

 

Hana Gregory, Program Manager - Community Investment

What was your favorite experience/memory from last year with SVP? One of my favorite experiences of my last year with SVP was convening and holding space for the AGC and NGC. This was my first time facilitating this committee and I enjoyed learning, growing, building relationships and making deeper connections with the community and SVP Partners.

What are you looking forward to for the upcoming year? I am looking forward to being able to be innovative and curious about how we can become better partners to the communities that we serve. This is an exciting time for me to be part of an organization that is taking the time to redefine and refine who we are and how we want to be in community with Partners and organizations.

 

Natalie Place, Program Manager - Community Investment

What was your favorite experience/memory from last year with SVP? One of my favorite memories from last year was the Fast Pitch kick-off and storytelling workshop. Having everyone meet each other for the first time and starting to hear the stories that would unfold on stage after a lot of months of planning was rewarding and made me excited for the work to come.

What are you looking forward to for the upcoming year? I’m looking forward to getting to know more partners in the SVP network and find new ways of doing work that can positively impact Investees and nonprofits that are facing new challenges.


Zach Grossnickle, Development and Communications Manager

What was your favorite experience/memory from last year with SVP? Attending any and every SVP event and grant committee I could join in on. Every meeting was different, but each was fueled by a group of passionate Partners and community leaders trying to better Seattle.

What are you looking forward to for the upcoming year? Our year of Incubation and Innovation! I think this is foundational aspect of SVP to try new programs and events to identify the chasm between the challenges we face today as a society, and the scale at which we are engaging those challenges.

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