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SpencerCreo Centre creates collaborative hub for SVP and Investees

Posted by SVP Vancouver

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together?

Thanks to the outstanding generosity of the SpencerCreo Foundation, we can. An ambitious vision to develop an innovation hub for non-profits has become a reality at the new SpencerCreo Centre in Vancouver, BC. The SpencerCreo Centre will be a platform for non-profits to inspire each other, share resources efficiently, collaborate on overarching goals, and feel supported in their everyday work environment.

With tight budgets and pressure to keep overhead low, affordable office space is on many non-profits’ wish lists. Leaders in this field – especially of smaller organizations – often work alone and crave interaction with peers in a collaborative work environment. Providing this opportunity to SVP Vancouver, our Investees and other non-profits, emerged as a priority for the SpencerCreo Foundation – represented at SVP by Distinguished Partners Ken Spencer and Judy Gale, and Partner Wylie Spencer.

The SpencerCreo Foundation is leasing office space at 212-475 Main Street to host SVP Vancouver and several Investees: ONE TO ONE, Mom2Mom, Growing Chefs, Red Fox, and Yo Bro | Yo Girl, as well as SpencerCreo-funded support workers and additional organizations.

“We are proud to welcome SVP Vancouver and their Investees to the SpencerCreo Centre,” says Ken Spencer, SpencerCreo Foundation President. “As the fulcrum between the majority of tenants, SVP Vancouver’s presence will be instrumental to help maximize the Centre’s success.”

The SpencerCreo Centre in its current location is a pilot project for one year to 18 months beginning May 1st, with the intention to move into long-term space at the former Vancouver Police Department just two blocks north after renovations are complete, pending the outcome of the pilot. The Foundation subsidizes rent for the non-profits and charges a nominal cost for desk space to ensure each organization’s commitment to using the Centre. There is also a conference room available to all Investees and other non-profits for meetings.

“We are delighted to move into the SpencerCreo Centre and share space with our Investees,” says Dara Parker, SVP Executive Director. “It will be a constant source of inspiration for SVP to work side-by-side with the non-profits we support. This increased interaction will generate a powerful, mutually-influential connection between SVP and our Investees.”

SVP and the SpencerCreo Foundation sincerely appreciate the work of SVP Partners who played a role at different phases of this initiative, including Paul Geyer, Alanna Donahue, John Murphy, Nick Bedford, Peter Blitz, Dan Bowditch, and Wylie Spencer.

Congratulations and thank you to the SpencerCreo Foundation for bringing this dynamic facility into fruition.