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March – April 2021

Health and safety is our priority. We are planning all events virtually via Zoom until further notice. We may add opportunities and this calendar may shift as needed so please check our website for updates. We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to connecting with you!

In Case You Missed It!

SVP International Recognizes SVP Tucson’s Leadership
in Evolving to Community Needs: Fast Pitch edition!

“SVP Tucson recently decided to build upon a long-standing and successful Fast Pitch model to adapt it to the changing philanthropic context – one that acknowledges that our local SVPs can play a role in addressing historic inequities in philanthropy.

SVP Tucson CEO Ciara Garcia had this to share:

“Our Fast Pitch now serves organizations who focus on marginalized and under resourced communities and social justice. We are covering topics such as incarceration, gender inequality, education disparity, toxic masculinity and loss of indigenous identity in a way that:

Highlights and supports Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leaders (7 of 10 participants); Drives resources to these organizations (we quadrupled the amount of $ we are distributing from $40k last year to $160k+ this year); Drives relationships for these orgs (we have follow up donor connection events for these leaders with community foundation donors); and so much more!”

This story – SVP Tucson evolving their Fast Pitch – embodies the constant learning and innovation necessary to practice engaged – and impact driven – philanthropy”

Click HERE to read Sudha’s full remarks! 

Subscribe to the SVP International newsletter HERE for updates and news from the network.

Fast Pitch 2021 is NEXT WEEK, March 11th at 5 PM!

You do not want to miss this year’s exciting showcase!

Fast Pitch is our most public-facing event and we hope you enjoy sharing this inspirational night with your friends and family.

Get your tickets now!


RSVP by clicking any button below or by emailing Hattie@svptucson.org

Fun volunteer opportunity!

Interfaith Community Services Monthly Produce Distribution 

Saturday, March 20, 2021
5:45  –  8:00 AM

ICS has a monthly fresh produce distribution. If you’d like to get some early morning fresh air and contribute to one of our Nonprofit Partners in a nontraditional way, join Sarah Simpson (Partner) and our CEO Ciara Garcia to volunteer by signing up HERE.  Spots are limited but this will be offered monthly!


Dr. Michael Engs presents the African American History of Arizona

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
10:00  – 11:30 AM

This equity chat will explore the 500+ years of African American life in Arizona that is largely unknown to Tucsonans. Join us to dive into the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers: The 10th Cavalry Regimen and more!

Dr. Michael Engs is an avid historian with a passion for the history of African people in the new world and the southwest. He is the owner operator of Arizona Heritage Tours, LLC.

Who can attend: Partners


Partner Perspectives:
LEAP (Learn. Explore. Activate. Participate.) 

NEW DATE! Thursday, March 25, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Zoom Meeting

SVP Tucson is Partner Powered, and the way we move forward as an organization is to hear from YOU. Our goal is to get as many partner voices as we can to explore what you want out of engagement opportunities with SVP so that we can make the best hands-on philanthropic experience possible.

This *NEW* event is your space to  engage in dialogue with staff and partners to explore all the opportunities SVP Tucson has and could offer.  We hope you join us to connect with other partners, share the inside scoop about SVP work projects, and find the ways YOU want to engage this year. RSVP Here!

​Who can attend: Partners

First Speaker Series of 2021! RSVP NOW!

Paul Shoemaker:
Taking Charge of Change

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Zoom Meeting

Paul Shoemaker was the first CEO of SVP International, and we are thrilled to welcome him as a virtual speaker to discuss his new book Taking Charge of Change, How Rebuilders Solve Hard Problems.

“The social, economic and health challenges facing us in the 2020’s are radically different than those we faced even one generation ago. Meet the new leaders, Rebuilders, who are moving us forward and learn how to apply their same effectiveness, qualities, and attributes to your own leadership.” Learn more or pre-order HERE.

Speaker Series are a wonderful introduction to SVP Tucson, we encourage you to invite your network! 

​Who can attend: Partners and Community Members. RSVP Here!


Become an SVP Coach

Our coaching program has taken the SVP network by storm! By coaching the key staff of our Investees, we amplify our collaborative efforts and accelerate their impact in the community. 

If you are interested in learning more and becoming a coach, email John-Peter for more information. This is a great opportunity to connect one-on-one with nonprofit professionals.

“SVP’s coaching has become the most valuable resource that we have to continue and enhance our ability to provide high quality methods and services to the community.” – SVP Investee

Nonprofit Partner Highlights

Higher Ground welcomed Lindsay to their staff team, one of their first students. She started with Higher Ground when she was in the 6th grade, read more HERE. In an exiting update, Higher Ground will begin working with Safford K-8 and Lawrence 3-8 to implement their Restart SMART, Community School Strategy. Read more HERE.

JobPath’s enrollment is open for students on a rolling basis on their website with an extensive list of career options! Learn more HERE. The 2020 cohort of graduates worked hard to finish their degrees in the midst of the pandemic. See the celebration video HERE to see all the lives transformed by JobPath in 2020. 

Interfaith Community Services’s 10th Annual Empty Bowls anti-hunger event is happening THIS weekend!  It will have a live-streamed, virtual event on Saturday, the 6th from 10:00 – 11:00 am as well as drive-thru “mystery” bowl pick-up on March 5th & 6th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm, in exchange for a ticket purchase. Learn more HERE.

Make Way For Books announced a new partnership with the Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF) to bring their Virtual Story School program and the Make Way for Books App to children and families living in the GuVo District of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Read more about this exciting partnership HERE

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