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SVP wraps up 2018 with three new grants totalling $272,500

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On November 28, 2018 the SVP Vancouver Investment Committee approved three new grants for two returning Investees and one brand new one.

Backpack Buddies

Kids packingWe welcome Backpack Buddies to the SVP Investee fold. Their three year Capacity-Building Grant of $120,000 will help them achieve their 2020 goal of ending weekend hunger for 5,000 children each year.

“Backpack Buddies is thrilled to become a part of the SVP family! We are looking forward to maximizing our growth potential with the wealth of knowledge and experience that the Partners of SVP offer us,” says Joanne Griffiths, President of Backpack Buddies. “The SVP grant will allow us to hire a new person to help us reach our goal of providing 5,000 backpacks a month to the most vulnerable children living with the crisis of childhood poverty. Thank you to all of the SVP Partners who made this amazing opportunity possible for us.”

“I am really excited about the opportunity to work with the Backpack Buddies Team to help solve such a big problem in our communities,” says Nicole Geyer, Lead Partner for Backpack Buddies.

Stay tuned for Backpack Buddies’ Brainstorming Session in the new year. If you’d like to get involved with this organization, and perhaps become a Co-Lead Partner with Nicole, let Gina know.


IMG_6946Mom2Mom (M2M) returns for its final grant instalment of $17,000 which will allow M2M to focus on building capacity in fund development, continuing their work with SVP’s Fundraising Trainer, and increasing their financial targets.

SVP began working with M2M in 2013, and has been a part of some significant organizational growth. “This is the most exciting year for Mom2Mom since our founding in 2012,” exclaims M2M Executive Director, Stephanie Connolly. “Our model has been proven and we understand our strengths. Focusing on facilitating a thriving community of support and opportunity, we are going to see amazing things in the lives of the families we serve this year!”

When moms thrive, children thrive. “How true, and what a great motto for M2M people, who see the difference a little help with groceries and a cup of coffee with another mom can make,” says M2M’s Lead Partner, Judy Gale. “[M2M has] an innovative model, and I’m confident new leadership and a renewed SVP relationship have Mom2Mom poised to help many more struggling mothers and their children do well.”

Writers’ Exchange

we_release_party_06-15-2015-9187Writers’ Exchange (WE) first worked with SVP in 2015 for three years of capacity-building with Lead Partner, Linda Louis. They applied for a Scaling Grant in 2018 for $135,000 over two years to develop their strategic plan to scale their mission across Vancouver, the province, and beyond.

“What could be better than the programs the Writers’ Exchange offers? Well, more of them of course,” says Linda. “I’m very excited about the plans for WE’s scaling. So many SVP Partners have been involved in their success to date, and so many more are working with WE to grow their programs. I have no doubt of their success in this endeavour as well.”

“The investment from SVP will make it possible for so many more inner-city kids to get the support they need, right in the neighbourhoods they live in and the services they already access,” says Annastasia Forst, WE’s Executive Director. “That possibility is exciting to the Writers’ Exchange and we’re so grateful to have SVP as a partner in this journey.”