Zeno (formerly Explorations in Math) turns math into a lifelong adventure. By building a culture in elementary schools that showcases math as fun, engaging, and relevant, they unleash every child’s ability to conquer math in his or her own way. SVP funded Zeno from 2007-2012.
Total Giving: $245,000
Zeno & SVP In Action
Zeno (formerly Explorations in Math) is building a positive math culture in Puget Sound and beyond. SVP was a part of that.
In partnership with SVP volunteers and paid consultants, Zeno tackled projects like:
- Marketing & Communications: Partners Megan Smiley and Sarah Daniels helped identify steps to successfully launch a branding campaign.
- Human Resources: Community Volunteer Carmen D’Arcangelo assisted Zeno in outlining annual review process and professional development plan.
- Marketing & Communications: Partner Sarah Daniels supported Zeno in outlining a PR road map over the next 12-18 months that will help maximize short-term opportunities.
- Program Outcomes & Evaluation: SVP provided funds to complete a Theory of Change and Logic Model to align with program outcomes.
- Leadership Development: SVP covered the cost for ED and board members to participate in peer learning group for fund development.
- Information Technology: Partner Kevin Phaup provided SharePoint support and guidance on IT systems
- Program Outcomes & Evaluation: Partner Bu Huang provided data and statistical analysis.
In Their Words
“In addition to SVP’s financial support, our Lead Partner has been a valuable part of our growth. Bill Ellis provides ongoing mentorship and business/organizational advice in a caring and respectful manner. He truly believes in our work and seeing the organization grow successfully. The combination of these forms of support is unique to SVP and is truly appreciated.” — Tammie Schacher, Executive Director
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