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SVP approves $105,000 in funding to Power To Be, Zero Ceiling, and new Investee, Red Fox

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SVP’s Investment Committee met in October and November to hear presentations by three Investees, each at different stages of their funding cycle. The veteran “powerhouse” Power To Be applied for their third and potentially final year, Zero Ceiling reported on the results of their first year of funding, and Red Fox Healthy Living Society introduced their business plan and applied for a first year of financial support. The Committee questioned the presenters to ensure each grant would guide the Investee towards the goals of capacity building and a sustainable future. After diligent discussion, the Committee approved a total of $105,000 to all three Investees.

Below is an overview for each of these Investees detailing the specifics of SVP’s financial and non-financial contributions. If you are interested in volunteering with any of these Investees, please contact Gina and she will put you in touch with their Lead Partner.

Power To Be


Amount Invested: $20,000

About: Power To Be provides adventure-based programs designed for youth and families in need of support. Through a collaborative approach and caring staff, Power To Be inspires connections with nature and the discovery of limitless ability.

Their unique and inclusive year-round outdoor education curriculum promotes physical heath and emotional well-being, develops interpersonal and leadership skills, teaches environmental and social stewardship, offers peer mentorship, and supports community engagement and family connectedness.

SVP’s funding will support: Hiring new full-time program staff and supporting lease of office space and utilities.

Previously located solely in Victoria, SVP has primarily supported Power To Be to assist their successful expansion into Vancouver. This is Power To Be’s third year of funding with SVP.

2016 Objective: Serve 350 participants in Vancouver’s Adaptive Recreation Program and hire a Director of Advancement and Senior Manager.

Non-financial needs:

  • Assist in supporting annual giving campaign
  • Assist in developing communications strategy for Vancouver
  • Support Power To Play Vancouver event, September 2016
  • Sit on Advancement, Nominations and Governance Committee

Thanks to the following Partners for their contributions to Power To Be:

  • John Zaplatynsky – Lead Partner
  • BPS Wealth Management Group – Co-Funding

Zero Ceiling


Amount Invested: $35,000

About: Zero Ceiling provides adventure-based learning programs in Whistler that empower at-risk and homeless youth and young adults to develop life skills and achieve personal growth. Their programs are one-of-a-kind experiences that allow vulnerable youth to transcend the limits of their lives and to explore their future options.

Their signature program, Work 2 Live (W2L), provides participants with employment, housing and other supports in Whistler to build the foundation for self-sufficiency. The program is extending from six-months to a one-year term.

SVP’s funding will support:

  • $15,000 for expansion of W2L program
  • $10,000 for administrative support
  • $6,000 towards Executive Director’s salary
  • $2,500 for rebranding and communications strategy
  • $1,500 for staff and board training

This is Zero Ceiling’s second year of funding through SVP.

2016 Objective: Increase outreach into Vancouver with improved communications, grow W2L program from six months to a full year term, and fundraise $200,000.

Thanks to the following Partners for their contributions to Zero Ceiling:

  • Geoff Telfer – Lead Partner
  • Peter Blitz – former Lead Partner
  • BPS Wealth Management Group – Co-Funding

Red Fox Healthy Living Society

Red Fox

Amount Invested: $50,000

About: Red Fox has three complementary missions: promote physical literacy to Aboriginal and inner-city children, instill employment skills in Aboriginal youth, and build community between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Metro Vancouver. Recreation and education professionals mentor Aboriginal youth to lead active games, sports and cultural activities for children at schools and community centres.

Children and youth move up through the program from active play participants to pre-teen leaders, to youth leaders, to youth workers, to supervisors, and through this model gain work experience and employability, either internally or externally.

SVP’s funding will support: hiring a Marketing Coordinator to provide support in grant writing and day-to-to-day administrative tasks. This will enable the Executive Director to focus on building new funding relationships with corporations and foundations as well as scale the program into more Metro Vancouver municipalities.

Red Fox is a new Investee and this is their first year of SVP funding.

2016 Objective: 

  • Articulate the Red Fox Model to new potential funders
  • Maintain and increase support from current funding partners
  • Represent and promote Red Fox Healthy Living Society to local and regional organizations and governments
  • Develop and expand the Red Fox fundraising and planned giving initiative

Non-financial needs:

  • Administrative support
  • Marketing plan
  • Strategic plan
  • Fundraising plan
  • Capacity building

Thanks to the following Partners for their contributions to Red Fox:

  • Cathy Brown, Nicole Geyer and Eric Cormier
  • BPS Wealth Management Group – Co-Funding