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Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship

SVP’s Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship inspires philanthropists and advances their ability to be effective and strategic funders for the environment.

The urgency of addressing environmental issues has never been greater, and this Fellowship catalyzes highly committed philanthropists who have the leadership skills and resources to create successful, measurable change. SVP launched this Fellowship because we believe that that there is a unique role that philanthropists can play in leveraging greater private and public investments for the environment.

Each year, 8-12 high potential individuals are chosen for the Fellowship and over 3 months they delve deeply into environmental issues, develop a theory of change for their philanthropy, and make a personal grant of $10,000 or more.  Their journey does not stop there, however.  Our Fellows keep in touch with their cohort over time and continue to evolve their giving and engagement in environmental issues.

Fellows tend to be experienced philanthropists who are ready to stretch, strengthen, and test their philanthropy.  The financial commitment is $10,000 for their personal grant and $5,000 for the program.

If you are interested in learning more, please check out some of our Fellows’ stories below and contact Janna Rolland.

Activating Open Spaces with Community

When I first became involved with Cheasty Greenspace in 2014, I was swept up in the movement. Rainy Saturday after rainy Saturday, I joined a community work team to remove invasive species and restore native plants. I built friendships with leaders and participants. We celebrated when we were approved for a $100,000 grant. But what I didn’t realize was not everyone in the community was bought in to the project. A lesson I will not soon forget.

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Finding a Place Under the Big Tent

Jane Harvey and her husband Charlie joined SVP in 2011. But it wasn’t until 2013, the first year of the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship, that she set out on what would become a philanthropic journey to say the least. It would lead her to become an early supporter of Front and Centered and a devoted advocate for environmental justice in Washington.

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What’s Democracy Got to Do with It?

David Bangs was all-in on the environment. His experience on SVP’s grant committee inspired more than a decade of giving and angel investing. Then in 2013, David joined the first cohort of SVP's Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellows to deepen his impact. What he discovered next surprised him.

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From Bowhead Whales to the Orchestra Stage

I don’t know what I’m doing.

Please don’t tell my kids or my parents or in-laws, but I am faking my way through this environmental activism thing. I’m not faking my passion for the topic. I’m not faking the things I hope to accomplish. I just am having to make it up as I go along when I try to think about how to go from one thing to the next. I have two big examples to share.

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Kayaktivism: Redefining “Raise the Paddle”

In philanthropic circles the phrase “raise the paddle” might bring to mind nonprofit auctions and fundraising events. But in SVP Partner, Kathy Washienko’s story it, it takes on a whole new meaning.

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Philanthropists in Green

With a growing population, shrinking natural resources and a rapidly changing climate, the need for strong environmental leaders is greater than ever. Through SVP’s Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship, nine Partners embarked on a three-month journey to sharpen their focus and develop their ability to drive lasting environmental change.

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