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Portfolio Grant Committee

Change takes time. That’s why SVP gives multi-year grants to the nonprofits we support.

We fund 15-20 organizations in any given year, and the resulting Investee Portfolio is overseen by a committee of experienced SVP Partners.  They meet with each organization twice a year, reviewing their mission-based results, and the progress they’ve made on strengthening their internal systems (e.g. financial management, communications, etc.).

In this way the Portfolio Grant Committee (PGC) ensures that SVP continues to invest in organizations that are having a great impact in our community and are optimizing their relationship with SVP.  Participating on the PGC also offers our Partners a unique experience, because rather than getting to know one or two organizations, members get a broad perspective of all the organizations SVP works with.

If you’re interested in joining the Portfolio Grant Committee, please contact Natalie Place.


Meet Partners currently serving on the Portfolio Grant Committee

Ashley Mandel

Ashley works as an Account Manager at Forum One, a full-service digital agency for non-profits, foundations and governments, where she works with clients to bring about the change they want to see in the world.

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Chelsea Schiller

Chelsea is a design researcher and strategist. Her work lives at the intersection of social innovation, data insights, and storytelling. Read More »

Jon Kauffman

Jon has been a SVP partners since 2005. Jon was a software engineer at Microsoft for more than twenty years, where [...] Read More »

Marjorie Singer

Marjorie has served as in-house counsel for non-profit organizations in New York City, including the Vera Institute of Justice, MDRC (social policy research), and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Read More »

Norm Bontje

Norm and his wife Lisa joined SVP over twelve years ago to explore and enhance their philanthropic interests and ideas through SVP's unique model. Norm served on and chaired Early Childhood Grant Committees, serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors, and contributes to SVP's Social Innovation Fast Pitch for-profit investment process. He also serves on the Board of SVP Investee, College Access Now and The Valley School. Read More »

Sam McVeety

Sam McVeety is a software engineer at Google's Fremont office. He is currently one of the technical leads on Cloud Dataflow, a platform that aims to democratize the field of large-scale data processing in a way that lowers barriers to access and advances numerous fields of study. Read More »

Shirish Nadkarni

Shirish is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in creating consumer businesses that have scaled to tens of millions of users worldwide. Read More »

Todd Vogel

Todd joined SVP upon moving to Seattle in 2004. His roles at SVP have included serving as a member and then chair of two environmental grant committees and as a member and chair of the Portfolio Grant Committee. He also served as board chair from 2014-2016, and in 2009 he helped start and later chaired SVP’s Environmental Advocacy Committee. Outside of SVP, Todd is Managing Director of Loom, a foundation that funds the intersection of environmental causes and social equity. Read More »

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