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SVP grants a total of $110,000 to Power To Be, ONE TO ONE, and newest Investee Zero Ceiling

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SVP’s final Investment Committee meeting of the year was held on September 10th, featuring presentations from Power To Be, Zero Ceiling, and ONE TO ONE Literacy Society, with introductions and support from their Lead Partners.

Well-established Investees, ONE TO ONE and Power To Be, both in their second year of a three year grant cycle with SVP, reviewed achievements made possible from SVP’s first year of funding. Zero Ceiling, an up-and-coming organization SVP has been working with on a time-only basis since August 2013, reported the progress made with Kasi Lubin as Executive Director and since SVP’s involvement.

Each Investee diligently outlined the specific goals and expansion to programs SVP’s funding will support in the coming year. After thoughtful discussion, the Committee felt confident in each of the proposals and approved the budgeted total of $110,000 in grants.

SVP is excited to officially welcome Zero Ceiling as its newest Investee and is delighted to continue working with Power To Be and ONE TO ONE on a financial and non-financial basis.

Below is an overview for each of these Investees detailing the specifics of their financial ask and non-financial needs. If you are interested in volunteering with any of these Investees, please contact Tanya and she will put you in touch with a Lead Partner.

Power To Be

Amount Invested: $30,000, with generous Co-Funding from the SpencerCreo Foundation and the Francis Family Foundation.

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.

Previously located solely in Victoria, Power To Be recently expanded into Vancouver with a new administration and warehouse building on the North Shore.

2015 Objective: Serve 310 participants, hire two more personal development facilitators and bring Vancouver’s adaptive recreation up to Victoria’s level.

SVP’s funding will support: The lease for their new space, gear infrastructure and acquiring a vehicle, management and staff facilitation.

Non-financial Needs:

  • SVP representative on their board
  • Develop communications strategy
  • Power To Play Vancouver volunteers on September 25th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Volunteers with PR, fundraising, governance and board leadership experience
  • Annual Giving Campaign
  • Auction item cultivation

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

  • John Zaplatynsky – Co-Lead Partner
  • Judy Gale – Co-Lead Partner
  • Ian Carmichael – Co-Lead Partner
  • SpencerCreo Foundation – $10,000 in Co-Funding
  • Francis Family Foundation – $5,000 in Co-Funding

Zero Ceiling

Amount Invested: $45,000, with generous Co-Funding from the SpencerCreo Foundation and the Francis Family Foundation.

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, provides participants with employment, housing and other supports in Whistler for six months, building the foundations for self-sufficiency.

2015 Objective: Broaden their fundraising efforts in Metro Vancouver and increase their number of Work 2 Live participants (from four to twelve in three years).

SVP’s funding will support: Refreshing their brand image and developing the infrastructure and organization to leverage that attention, Executive Director’s salary, office infrastructure, staff and board training, and program expansion.

Non-financial needs:

  • Improving evaluation measures
  • Accounting services
  • Communications and PR support
  • Developing an Advisory Board
  • Developing an effective Volunteer Program
  • Salesforce set-up and implementation
  • Developing strategic philanthropy alliances

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

  • Geoff Telfer – Co-Lead Partner
  • Paola Telfer – Co-Lead Partner
  • SpencerCreo Foundation –$10,000 in Co-Funding
  • Francis Family Foundation –$7,500 in Co-Funding

ONE TO ONE Literacy Society

Amount Invested: $35,000, with generous Co-Funding from the Francis Family Foundation.

About: ONE TO ONE is a unique children’s literacy program that provides one-to-one tutoring to children in elementary schools during regular school hours. Trained volunteer tutors work with students who are referred by their teachers for literacy assistance. Each student typically has two 30 minute tutoring sessions a week.

ONE TO ONE currently serves 840 students, with 280 volunteers, at 59 schools in Vancouver and North Vancouver.

2015 Objective: Increase the number of students to 860, with 325 volunteer tutors, at 67 schools.

SVP’s funding will support: Expand volunteer recruitment, expand fund development, create an export-ready ONE TO ONE package to scale up, raise awareness through their 25th anniversary celebration, continue to implement procedural efficiencies, and continue board development.

Non-financial Needs:

  • Communications expert
  • Opening doors to potential corporate and individual donors through SVP’s network

Thanks to the following Partners for their contributions to ONE TO ONE:

  • Sam Znaimer – Co-Lead Partner and Spelling Bee supporter
  • Norm Francis – Co-Lead Partner, referral for web developer
  • Strath Goodship – Research and selection of CRM system
  • Francis Family Foundation – $10,000 in Co-Funding