The Investment team at Vistara Capital Partners (left to right): John O’Donoghue, Randy Garg, Noah Shipman, and Kathleen Kaulins.
Meet New SVP Community Business Partner Vistara
Eager to amplify their corporate giving and make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children and youth, Vistara Capital Partners has enrolled in SVP’s Community Business Partnership Program. Soft launched in April 2021, the Community Business Partnership Program gives businesses across the Lower Mainland the opportunity to support a portfolio of over 20 local nonprofits and connect with a network of nearly 200 engaged philanthropists. We caught up with Founder and Managing Partner Randy Garg to learn why he’s excited for Vistara to take part.
What first attracted you to SVP Vancouver?
I was introduced to SVP in 2015 by several founding Board members as our family was seeking opportunities to engage in supporting the local community. We were very impressed with the organization’s innovative and collaborative approach to philanthropy: being committed to supporting small local non-profits with time and expertise in addition to financial donations to help them succeed in their respective missions.
I currently sit on SVP’s Development Committee and see a tremendous opportunity to engage other successful local businesses to take part. Our family loves the volunteering opportunities that arise over the course of the year. With this additional commitment we are proud to be bringing Vistara onboard as a Community Business Partner committed to supporting SVP’s impactful efforts.
Tell us a little bit about Vistara.
Our core purpose at Vistara (Sanskrit for “expansion”) is to enable growth of the technology companies we invest in, our investors, our people, and the communities we operate in. Beyond working hard to support our businesses, every one of our 10-person team looks for ways to take that further as we’ve done with our Vistara Elevate Awards. I think our purpose aligns strongly with the values of SVP and its goal of helping children and youth achieve their full potential. We are very excited about working with SVP to support local non-profits that are committed to building a stronger community and a better world.
What benefits do you see for your business and staff?
As we move past the pandemic, I feel it’s going to be very important for employers and employees to re-engage in the community. Working with SVP will offer fantastic opportunities for our team to offer their time and expertise to help local non-profits thrive. Our team has a broad range of business skills that I’m sure will be put to good use to support the capacity building needs of the 20+ worthy organizations in SVP’s non-profit portfolio.
Know a company that would be a good fit for the Community Business Partner Program? Here’s how to become a Community Business Partner.