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K-12 Education Giving Priorities

SVP Seattle seeks to ensure all students graduate from high school ready to succeed in  college or a career.

In service of this goal, SVP supports nonprofits that meet the following three criteria:

  • Have a clear vision and need for an SVP capacity building partnership over multiple years.
  • Effectively coordinate with cross sector partners in pursuit of collaborative and community-wide efforts. Participate in developing, implementing and assessing individual and collective progress towards students graduating from high-school on time and ready to be successful in college or career.
  • Strive to decrease or prevent or prevent inequities in communities of color and low-income communities in King County; and empower communities to participate in organizational planning, decision making, and leadership roles.

In addition, SVP supports outcomes-based programs that do one or more of the following:

  • Work to close the achievement and opportunity gap by keeping students in school, addressing systemic barriers to achievement, helping them graduate, preparing them for post-secondary education/training, and supporting them in their college pursuit.
  • Help students meet or exceed on-grade academic indicators (for example: 3rd Grade reading, 4th Grade Math, 8th grade science, STEM curriculum, etc.).
  • Support the social and emotional well-being of students so that they build interpersonal skills, creativity and critical thinking in order to stay and succeed in school and life.
  • Help parents and families stay informed, navigate the school system and advocate for their kids.
  • Support quality teaching though professional development for both teachers and school leadership.

Grantmaking decisions at SVP are made by a committee of our Partners, which allows them to learn more about the issue area, review proposals, and attend site visits.

Please Note: SVP does not make direct grants to individual public schools or school districts.  We have learned that our model of grantmaking is not structured to effectively sustain or strengthen these institutions.  SVP remains fully committed to K-12 Education and seeks to work with nonprofit organizations that support our giving priorities.

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