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COVID-19 Capacity Response Fund


SVP Vancouver is engaged in ongoing discussions with our current and alumni non-profit Capacity Grant recipients (Investees) to determine their needs. These 26 non-profits are working tirelessly to continue to provide critical support to at-risk children and youth and their families, and we are committed to helping them do it. 

Here are the key issues.

The Challenge: Disruptions and Uncertainty 
Faced with an ever-increasing demand for their services, non-profits have experienced an overall disruption to their program delivery, operations, and typically predictable income streams. This has impacted their ability to sustain their staff and to deliver services to our community’s most vulnerable groups.

The Commitment: Capacity Now and in Future
The needs of non-profits and of the at-risk children and youth they serve will continue to evolve over the coming months as the social and economic impacts of prolonged physical distancing play out. 

Non-profit capacity—their ability to sustain their services now and in the future—is a struggle at the best of times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of capacity building is all the more clear.

As a capacity builder, SVP is committed to helping our Investees, and the broader non-profit community, weather the current storm and emerge on the other side with the strength to build a better a future. 

Will you help us?

The Need: Financial Contributions 
Amidst the need to mobilize additional programming and new delivery systems to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, non-profits are experiencing:

  • Loss in revenues from cancelled fundraisers
  • Loss of revenues from earned income streams and social enterprise operations that have been limited or suspended
  • Loss of donated goods and services (see Backpack Buddies’ struggle) resulting in the need for money to replace in-kind items

These losses force non-profits to reduce their carrying costs and dip into their reserves (some have more than others), actions that jeopardize the long-term sustainability of their operations. What they need are unrestricted dollars to deploy where most needed. 

Fund Details: Priority and Disbursement
Our focus is non-profits that provide direct support to vulnerable children and youth, particularly: kids with disabilities, kids that are food insecure, youth at risk, and school kids now learning from home. SVP will disburse funds based on:

  1. Ability to provide immediate support to a vulnerable population
  2. Financial losses and the need to maintain operations

The Process: Getting Money Where It’s Needed
Phase I of our campaign raised $100,000 IN ONE WEEK, which is now being disbursed in the form of ten $10,000 grants. 

Phase II of our campaign aims to raise another $100,000 in order to offer additional grants of varying size to those organizations most in need and to support the capacity programming and direct assistance that SVP is making available to all of our Investees.

Grant applicants are only required to provide a brief written explanation of how they plan to deploy this funding. SVP’s Investment Committee makes decisions on funding based on the recommendations of SVP staff.

How You Can Help: Make a donation to the COVID-19 Capacity Relief Fund TODAY
In this time of crisis, no gift is too big or too small—every dollar counts. SVP is dispersing your donations to the organizations who’ve identified the most urgent need.




Charitable Registration Number: BN: 866683196RR0001

You will receive a full tax receipt for your contribution. Our team will be in touch as soon as we receive notification of your donation. Thank you!


Thank you to the SVP Partners who have donated to the Fund


Larry Achtemichuk

Moe Kermani and Sheila McFarland

Colby Richardson

Ann Mortifee

Jay Biskupski and Cathy Imrie

John and Sally Zaplatynsky

Bob and Elizabeth-Anne Armstrong

Sam Znaimer

Gina Ungaro

Jim and Deb Yeates (Raven Foundation)

Jim and Casey Fletcher (Fletcher Family Foundation)

Paul and Nicole Geyer

Greg and Elese Sullivan

Dan and Ursula Bowditch

David Rice and Janet Wood

Cathy Brown

Neil Duke

John Murphy and Leslie Lee

Bob and Brenda McGill

Judy Gale and Ken Spencer (SpencerCreo Foundation)

Hamlet, Salina, and Ara Abnousi