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With more than 3400 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

In Tucson we have 111 members (our Partners). They range from journalists to financial managers, from nonprofit leaders to corporate veterans, and from foundation executives to people just beginning to explore their giving potential.

If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet these folks.

SVP Partner David Griffis effectively facilitated a five way merger of literacy organizations in Tucson, including Investees Literacy Volunteers of Tucson and Reading Seed, forming Literacy Connects.

After three years of working with Sunnyside Parents as Teachers (SPAT), SVP Partner John Duffy continues to support SPAT’s work, even after they “graduated” from SVP’s program in 2012, including funding a consultant to assist in developing a detailed and targeted fund development plan.

Mary-Jan Bancroft founded, and continues to serve as Chief Visionary Officer for Make Way for Books (MWFB), a literacy organization selected to be an SVP Tucson Investee in 2008. This relationship and common focus created a lasting partnership between SVP and the Bancrofts, with Mary Jan and husband Paul ultimately becoming SVP Partners in May 2013.

And the list goes on…

Every story is different, but each is fueled by a series of connections. That’s the beauty of the SVP network. You never know who will take your impact to the next level.

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Our Partners…

Adaline Klemmedson

She was prompted to join by “the idea of being able to provide expertise in a variety of areas to deserving organizations that needed help in furthering their mission.” Read More »

Ann Lovell

A favorite quote of Ann’s is: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive,” (Howard Thurman). Read More »

Anne Maley

Anne is SVP Tucson’s past board chair (2019-21), and she continues to serve on the board of directors. Originally from Massachusetts, Anne moved to Tucson nearly 30 years ago to work for the Shanti Foundation, and helped merged the three AIDS organizations to create what is now the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation in 1997.  Read More »

Anne Maley and Tim Schaffner

According to Anne, “The concept of SVP is pretty exciting to me. I think we have more of a collective impact when we can work together and provide not just money, but to also get in there and work side-by-side in those relationships [with non-profits].” Read More »

Bob McKay

As a research chemist and executive with E.I. DuPont for 35 years, Bob and his family lived in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Now Bob and wife Ginnie have settled into a well deserved retirement near Sabino Canyon. Read More »

Craig Watson

When asked to share a significant life skill lesson he received, Craig remembered his father always teaching him to be a good listener by being a living example. It was the best piece of advice he ever received. He has been working on The Conversation Project, which helps families talk about tough issues such as end of life wishes and relationships. Read More »

Cynthia Dickstein

“There is absolutely no value in worrying about the future!” Read More »

Elizabeth Rollings and Doug Friman

“My brother and I grew up watching both of our parents give back and serve others,” said Elizabeth. “Now the tradition of service is something I’m excited to carry on myself. As a 3rd generation Tucsonan who has seen her hometown grow and change, I recognize the importance of promoting community organizations at a grassroots level.” Read More »

Frank Grundstrom

As a young reporter, Frank's editor once gave him a piece of advice that has remained with him to this day: “Keep your head down and work - don’t play office politics; it’ll hurt you in the long run.” After spending 32 years with the Boston Globe, this advice seems to have paid off. Read More »

Hank Walker

As a frontrunner of the Youth On Their Own (YOTO) work team, Hank rolled up his sleeves with other Partners and worked collaboratively to assist YOTO with the same types of projects that he helps clients with on a daily basis. Tucson’s cool in that way: “Tucson is just a big college town. Anyone who wants to get involved is welcomed to do so. Individuals really can make a difference!” Hank says. Read More »

Helaine Levy

Helaine believes that SVP Tucson fills a gap by engaging philanthropists towards a common goal to provide more effective investment and support for Tucson’s non-profits, while also providing educational opportunities for its partners. Read More »

John Duffy

“Yes, I am retired," says John, "And the best part of life after a career of making a living is that there are now unlimited careers involving ‘giving back’ still ahead!" Read More »

Leslie Perls

Leslie Perls, a seasoned creative professional representing LP&G Marketing, joined the SVP family in 2013 and has contributed greatly to our capacity building efforts. Leslie was involved in the inception of the Fast Pitch event, building the brand and soliciting key partners and corporate sponsors. Read More »

Mary Jan and Paul Bancroft

Mary Jan’s passion is fueled by an idea expressed in one of her favorite quotes: “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.” Read More »

Pam Grissom

In her free time, you may find Pam on a luxury hiking vacation, at a wine tasting, relaxing on beaches and snorkeling, watching movies or live music. “I'm always looking for fun people to go to rock concerts with. I support the Tucson Blues Society and I attend the New Orleans Jazz Festival every year!” Read More »

Patricia Andrade

After volunteering for over 35 years for various causes, Patricia was “thrilled” about SVP’s ability to help innovative non-profits do good work better through effective investment in capacity building Read More »

Rhonda Fleming

After living in Tucson for close to 40 years, Rhonda has always had an active role in the community utilizing her passion for learning and philanthropy. As a teacher she helped provide extracurricular learning activities for students, including Mock Trail, Science Olympiads and Tucson High’s Site Council. Outside of school Rhonda has worked to improve her community by organizing and fund raising for child centered activities, and serving on the Board of Directors of the YMCA. Read More »

Ritesh Patel

Ritesh Patel was born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto Canada. Ritesh graduated from the University of [...] Read More »

Tucson Electric Power

TEP is committed to enhancing the communities we serve by investing in strategic philanthropy. Their corporate giving is focused in three areas: the environment, education, and community engagement. For 2015 TEP's community engagement is centered around safety/supporting first responders, veterans, and increasing the capacity of our nonprofit partners. That is why their commitment to SVP is so strong – they know we play a key role in helping strengthen organizations who make our communities better. Read More »

We are tremendously grateful for our community of Partners.

Your time and talent, your generosity, your drive for something better… these are the roots of transformation – for individuals, for organizations, for our community. Thank you.


    • Joanne and Howie Adams
    • Patricia Andrade and Hank Walker
    • Mary Jan and Paul Bancroft
    • Joanna Barsh and David Garbasz
    • Dorice and Robert Beren
    • Jill Bishop
    • Stephanie Bowers and Aaron Rottenstein
    • Michael Brasher
    • Bogi Brown
    • Lori and Mike Bryant
    • Ava Butler
    • Kent Burbank and Vincente Talanquer
    • Sandra Carter and Travis Palmer
    • Amy Charles and Steve McMillan
    • Susan Comstock and Marc Rolfes
    • Desiree Cook
    • Lois and Tom Curti
    • Cynthia Dickstein and Frank Grundstrom
    • Julia and Dan Elitzer
    • Emily and Eric Erickson
    • Imelda Esquer
    • Vince Flores
    • Judith (Judy) Gans and Joe Kalt
    • Stephen Garcia
    • Brook Gilliam
    • Barbara and Jerry Goldberg
    • Peggy Goulding and In Loving Memory, Steve Goulding
    • Pam Grissom
    • Cande and Tom Grogan
    • Liz Kanter Groskind and Eric Groskind
    • Barbara Harrison
    • Serene and Matthew Harrison
    • Clancy Haun
    • Mindi Horwitch
    • Bonnie Kampa
    • Lyric and Steven Kite
    • Suzanne King
    • Adaline and Dan Klemmedson
    • Shannon and Eric Kutscher
    • Robin and Jack Lavin
    • Andrea and Jordan Levy
    • Helaine Levy
    • Gina Marie Lindsey and Tom Dow
    • Sara and Johnny Long
    • Kerri Lopez-Howell
    • Paloma Lopez-Santiago
    • Ann Lovell and Tom Warne
    • Anne Maley and Tim Schaffner
    • Bob McKay
    • Beth Miller and Chip Perry
    • Nancy and Steven Pregulman
    • Catherene “Renee” Morton
    • Ellen and Bill Nicoletti
    • Julie and Ritesh Patel
    • Diane and John Patience
    • Leslie Perls
    • Margaret Rennels and David Curl
    • Linda and Dick Sampliner
    • Koren Sherrick
    • Suzanne Shiff
    • Lisa Shipek
    • Keri and Jeff Silvyn
    • Sarah Simpson
    • Rhona and Louis Stern
    • Susan and Jim Stofft
    • Leigh Tiedemann
    • Michael Tucker
    • Allison and Richard Vaillancourt
    • Frank Velasquez Jr.
    • Magdalena Verdugo
    • Andy Watson
    • Deborah and In Loving Memory, Craig Watson
    • Lindsay Welch
    • Diane and Steve Witthoeft

Community Partners

    • Arizona Public Media
      Deb Dale, Enrique Aldana
    • Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
      Jenny Flynn
    • Connie Hillman Family Foundation
      Sarah Medley, Carrie Rednour, Larry Adamson
    • Diamond Family Philanthropies
    • Fleming and Curti, PLC
      Rhonda and Robert Fleming, Elizabeth Friman
    • Gadabout SalonSpas
      Megan Jasper, Jana Westerbeke and Pam McNair Wingate
    • Jewish Community Foundation
      Graham Hoffman
    • Nextrio
      Cristie Street
    • Roediger Hoff, PLC
      Anne Hoff & Anne Roediger
    • TCI Wealth
      Missy Eddy, Jessica Nelson, Scott Bennett, Sam Swift
    • Tech Parks Arizona
      Carol Stewart
    • Tucson Electric Power
      Wendy Eric Werden, Ryan Matchett
    • Tucson Federal Credit Union
      Miguel Cruz