Children of the Street Society receives SVP’s second-ever Innovation Grant to merge with PLEA
Lead Partners Larry Achtemichuk and Neil Duke are excited to welcome Children of the Street Society (COS) as an SVP Investee. COS is dedicated to preventing the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth in British Columbia through public awareness, age-appropriate education, and early intervention strategies.
With the upcoming retirement of COS Executive Director and Founder, Diane Sowden, the society will ensure the continuation of their programs and services by way of a merger with PLEA Community Services Society of BC (PLEA) and the support of SVP through this Innovation Grant.
“Having Children of the Street Society as an Investee serves two very important purposes,” says Co-Lead Partner, Neil Duke. “Firstly it’s an excellent charity in its own right and deserves support, and secondly it provides an opportunity for SVP Vancouver to learn more about merging charities—which can be tricky.”
In addition to the $30,000 innovation grant, SVP will offer non-financial support in the form of advice and assistance in developing a merger plan; and support in HR, legal, communications, marketing, and financial matters.
“The expert advice and support of SVP has already proven invaluable,” says COS Executive Director and Founder, Diane Sowden. “Also, receiving this grant ensures no money is taken from the programs and services that keep young people in BC safe from all forms of sexual exploitation.”
This is an exciting time for COS, PLEA, and SVP Vancouver. “I am looking forward to seeing COS transition successfully and continue to grow under PLEA’s leadership,” says Neil. “I also look forward to learning more about mergers as this may be an excellent tool for SVP to use again. Hopefully 1 plus 1 can equal 3 in terms of the impact some newly merged entities can make in the lives of children and youth in our communities.”
Partners: Stay tuned for ways you can help during this transition.