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SVP Launches Bi-annual Newsletter

We launched our new Building Capacity newsletter! Check out the first edition of this bi-annual report. Read More »

SVP is hiring a new Program and Engagement Coordinator

We're looking for a new Program and Engagement Coordinator to event planning, stewardship, and more. Apply if you're interested or help us spread the word! Read More »

Hiring NOW: Bookkeeping, Accounting and Payroll Consultant

Interested in joining our team, or know someone who is? We're looking for an experienced bookkeeping, accounting and payroll consultant. Read More »

Meet Anabelle Escaffré, our new Operations Coordinator

Our new Operations Manager, Anabelle Escaffré, is keen on capacity building. She's also a synchronized swimmer and makes a mean chocolate cake! Read More »

SVP Annual Report 2020

For your reading pleasure ... Released at our AGM on June 17th, 2021, our Annual Report 2020 offers an overview [...] Read More »

Vistara Joins SVP Vancouver's Community Business Partnership Program

Vistara Capital Partners Founder and Managing Partner Randy Garg tells us why Vistara is ready to increase their impact as an SVP Community Business Partner. Read More »

SVP is searching for a full-time Operations Coordinator

SVP Vancouver is looking for full-time Operations Coordinator to join our team. Read More »

Investees Realize Impressive Winter Campaign 2020 Successes

In the lead-up to the New Year, SVP Vancouver Investees were hard at work raising funds to support their program delivery and operations in 2021. Here's how they did! Read More »

Barb Berg: Putting the Time in the Time Plus Money Model

SVP Partner Barb Berg is actively involved in numerous capacity building projects with multiple Investees. Find out what inspires her to do the work, and what she's looking forward to in 2021. Read More »

Meet our new Social Impact Coach, Karen Gelb

Our new social impact coach, Karen Gelb, is passionate about her work. Check out this interview to hear why she's excited to be part of the SVP team. Read More »

Urban Horse Project Gets Back in the Ring

After halting their spring programs due to Covid-19, Urban Horse Project has restarted in-person programs for youth and expanded their team. Read More »

Virtual TownHall How-to Guide

A how-to guide to get the most out of SVP Vancouver's Virtual AGM. Read More »

A Catch-up with EYA Executive Director Emily Keller

We catch up with Environmental Youth Alliance Executive Director Emily Keller to hear more about how EYA has adapted to Covid-19. Read More »

New SVP ED Helen Stortini Talks COVID-19, Capacity Building, and more

From boxing to books to thoughts on the value of capacity building, learn more about SVP Vancouver's new executive director Helen Stortini in this Q&A. Read More »

SVP Annual Report 2019

Check out our 2020 annual report for a round-up of everything we've achieved together over the last year and a half. Read More »

Virtual AGM How-To Guide

A how-to guide to get the most out of SVP Vancouver's Virtual AGM. Read More »

SVP Disburses over $150,000 to Investees in April

Within three weeks of launching our COVID-19 Capacity Response Fund, SVP raised a total of $156,481 which was distributed in the form of grants up to $10,000 to 16 current and alumni SVP Investees. Read More »

SVP Vancouver Raises $100K in One Week for Investees

One week after putting out the call to SVP Partners, we hit our initial $100,000 fundraising target for the COVID-19 Capacity Response Fund. Read More »

COVID-19: Fundraising in a Time of Crisis Webinar

This webinar, led by Social Venture Partners Vancouver Fundraising Director Amanda Burrows, details crisis fundraising strategies that can help keep non-profits and their services alive and accessible to those who are in need. Read More »

Watch the SVP Government Relations Panel Discussion

SVP held its first Government Relations Panel at the start of March. If you missed it, check out the recording of the discussion. Read More »

A Fond Farewell to SVP Program Manager Douglas Gomez Mendiburu

We're sad to announce that Program Manager Douglas Gómez Mendiburu is leaving SVP to pursue a new opportunity in Montréal. Douglas joined SVP in July 2018 and has made tremendous contributions to the growth and quality of our programming for both Investees and Partners.  Read More »

City of Vancouver Provides Grant for SVP and Vantage Point Fund Development Course

SVP works with Vantage Point and the City of Vancouver to bring fundraising capacity building to more Vancouver nonprofits. Read More »

AFABC Thanks SVP Partner Bob Armstrong for Strategic Planning Process Leadership

Alumni Investee AFABC say thanks to SVP Partner Bob Armstrong for his skillful facilitation of their strategic planning process in the summer of 2019. Read More »

SVP Vancouver Provides 50 Stockings for KidSafe's Winter Appeal

On December 5, 2019, SVP Partners and staff came together to spread some holiday cheer by putting together 50 stockings for KidSafe's Winter Appeal. Read More »

SVP Holiday 100 Winter Campaign 2019

Will You Help Us Reach Our Goal? Together let's see if we can raise $100,000 to support our Investees this [...] Read More »

We've Got Some COO-cool News About Gina Ungaro

SVP Vancouver is pleased to announce that Gina Ungaro has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Read More »

Theresa Azari: Bonafide foodie and lifelong philanthropist

From finance to governance risk compliance, she's a woman of many talents and a late-night chef to boot! It's time to meet one of our newest SVP Partners. Read More »

ONE TO ONE Literacy Society Tells SVP About Their Favourite Books

The Vancouver Writers Festival is in full swing this week over on Granville Island. Getting into the spirit of things, we popped across the hall to ask some of our favourite bookworms at the ONE TO ONE Literacy Society for some recommendations. Read More »

Through the Looking Glass: SVP's Impact Strategy Committee takes a look at our own practices

An ad hoc Impact Strategy Committee has been developed to explore potential opportunities to enhance the impact of SVP’s activities. Read More »

Help Our IT Shared Services Fund Five More Investee Projects This Year

SVP’S IT Shared Services has six Investee projects lined up and are discussing more. The only thing holding these projects back is funding—and you can help. Read More »

Meet hot rod hobbyist Norm Francis—he's been here since the beginning

One of SVP's Founding Partners, Norm Francis, has just been awarded the Fraser Institute Founders’ Award. We caught up with him to talk about the award, the founding of SVP, hot rods, and more. Read More »

Zero Ceiling Raises $34,000 during their 10K in 10 Days campaign

SVP alumni Investee Zero Ceiling asked for help raising $10,000 before the end of September. Turns out the "Help us raise 10k in 10 Days" rallying cry spurred donations of over $34,000. Read More »

Young Authors at The Writers' Exchange Release New Chapbooks

This summer, the Writers' Exchange published their latest student-made chapbooks. We caught up with Writers' Exchange Co-Founder Jennifer MacLeod to learn more about the creation of these awesome texts. Read More »

Let's Talk About Kevin (our new ED)

SVP's new executive director, Kevin Moorhead, joined the team officially on October 1st, 2019. Haven't met him yet? Don't worry. We had a chat with him to get the inside scoop. Read More »

SVP Vancouver Welcomes New Executive Director Kevin Moorhead

The SVP Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the appointment of KEVIN MOORHEAD as SVP Vancouver Executive Director, effective Oct. 1, 2019. Read More »

SVP Retreat 2019 earns a 100% "will attend again" rating

The second annual SVP Retreat on Bowen Island brought 17 non-profits and five SVP Partners together for two days of immersive, peer-to-peer learning. Here's how it went! Read More »

Fifty Percent of BC Schools Want the Take a Hike Program in Their Classrooms—Here's Why

As Take a Hike Foundation expands its program to schools on Vancouver Island, we catch up with TAH Counsellor turned Director of Communications Virginia Chomley to chat about the program, its impact, and its future.  Read More »

How Red Fox Makes Community-based Leadership a Priority

Through its youth programs, Red Fox Healthy Living Society helps youth to break through barriers and enter community leadership roles. Read More »

Mealshare Uses the Buy One, Give One Approach to Tackle Youth Hunger

How Mealshare puts a famliar sales strategy to use generating revenue for meal programs across Canada and the Lower Mainland, helping to eliminate youth hunger. Read More »

Meet John Zaplatynsky, SVP Committee Superstar

We're recruiting Partners to join our Development Committee and we’d like you to meet one of our committee superstars, John Zaplatynsky. He's a retired retailer who splits his free time between business, family, and philanthropy. Read More »

30 Questions for 30 Years with ONE TO ONE

In celebration of Alumni Investee ONE TO ONE's 30th anniversary, we ask them 30 questions for 30 years! Read More »

Canvas of Change Combines Art and Social Justice

Through the live art competition Canvas for Change, SVP Investee Children of the Street is raising funds for its 2020 Youth Art Engagement Project. Read More »

LunchLAB Beta Test Run Proves a Success

Growing Chefs! and Fresh Roots completed a beta test of their LunchLAB program this spring and show that a local, [...] Read More »

8 Lessons in Social Impact Evaluation

SVP Vancouver’s Social Impact Coach Meagan Sutton empowers Investees to understand and measure the impact of their [...] Read More »

Meet Trista, SVP Vancouver’s New Communications Manager

As Communications Manager, Trista Baldwin dons the hat of storyteller, chronicling the unique journeys, steadfast commitment, and shared successes of SVP’s Partners and Investees. Read More »

The magic of horses with vulnerable youth

SVP Vancouver welcomed Urban Horse Project (UHP) into its family in May, 2019, after a thorough Opportunities Committee discovery, led by SVP Partner team, Janet Allan and Marcelo Bohm. A strong partnership developed between the two Partners and UHP's Executive Director, Nancy McRitchie, which led to Marcelo and Janet's commitment to become Co-Lead Partners for the organization. Read More »

“The more you put into SVP, the more you get out of it.”

David Ferguson and his wife, Kathy Butler, joined SVP in 2003. Since then, David’s engagement has ebbed and flowed based on his life journey, giving him the chance to both dive deeply into partnerships with non-profits, and also to witness SVP’s evolution to the organization it is now. He has a wonderful perspective on the time he’s spent with us, so we asked him to share his story! Read More »

Leading innovation and programming at EYA

Getting to know Emily Keller, EYA Executive Director. The Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) has been an SVP Investee since 2018. They deliver free, experiential nature programs in urban spaces for young people ages 5-25 living in Metro Vancouver. Read More »

3 things you didn’t know about Marnie Goldenberg

Meet Marnie, SVP board member since December 2018. She brings 20+ years of non-profit experience to the table as an employee, independent consultant, and board member for various organizations. Read More »

Dara's Goodbye

As I wrap up my last week as the Executive Director of SVP, I am incredibly proud of the work we have done together. Read More »

Getting to Know Lauren Minogue

Meet one of SVP’s newest Young Partners, Lauren Minogue, Wealth Manager & Investment Counsellor at CC&L Private Capital (CC&L). Read More »

SVP Partner Moment: Peter Mortifee on Unconscious Bias

Peter and Nancy Mortifee joined SVP in 2017 and generously hosted our first dialogue evening in 2019. They have a long history of involvement with social innovation and wellbeing both in Vancouver and around the world. Read More »

How It All Started

One of SVP Vancouver’s greatest strengths are the founding Partners and early contributors, many of whom remain strong supporters of SVP today. Read More »

Fundraising shared services pilot now permanent

2018 was another successful year for the fundraising shared services pilot — so successful the Board unanimously agreed to make the role permanent! Read More »

Different is good. What makes SVP unique

Since 2001, SVP Vancouver has catalyzed positive impact in the lives of children and youth at risk through a unique venture philanthropy model that connects entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and professionals from all sectors to organizations doing amazing work in metro Vancouver. Read More »

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

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

Creating a roadmap for social impact measurement

In August 2018 SVP Vancouver expanded its shared services offerings and hired Partner, Meagan Sutton, as Social Impact Coach with the purpose to provide social impact evaluation assistance and strategy development for our Investees and SVP. Read More »

SVP Teaser Example - do not share

A new Investee teaser is ready for your review + vote! ATTENTION ALL SVP PARTNERS We are excited to present to [...] Read More »

Gordon Matchett spearheads exponential growth for Take a Hike

Take a Hike Foundation (TAH) uses the outdoors and adventure to engage vulnerable youth in grades 10-12 in school, community, and mental health supports. Read More »

On a mission to end youth hunger

Getting to know Mealshare and Co-Founder Andrew Hall. SVP Investee, Mealshare, provides meals through a buy-one, give-one model. Read More »

Multi-year investment brings multiple benefits

Curious about SVP's impact on non-profits? Here's how SVP amplified the amazing work Alumni Investee, ONE TO ONE, does. (Nifty infographic inside!) Read More »

Getting to know Meagan Sutton

SVP Vancouver 2.0 gets a boost with the addition of Meagan Sutton as Social Impact Coach! In this new role, Meagan will work directly with SVP Investees on social impact evaluation... Read More »

Getting to Know Andrea Duke

Andrea Duke is one of our new Young Partners; a person under 40 years old who wants to contribute to positive social change through their involvement with SVP Vancouver. Read More »

Getting to know Michelle Mentore

We are pleased to welcome Michelle Mentore to the SVP Vancouver family. As Communications Manager, she is responsible for communications and brand management with an aim to build understanding of SVP’s community impact. Read More »

Getting to know Douglas Gómez Mendiburu

We're absolutely thrilled to introduce the newest member of our SVP Vancouver team, Douglas Gómez Mendiburu. Douglas will manage the development, implementation, and evaluation of our Investee and Partner programs towards strengthening and building capacity with these two stakeholders. Read More »

Getting to know Dempsey Watson

Although he deplores the spotlight, we want to shine a little light on the man we depend on developing our internal systems and efficiencies, tech fixes, numbers alignment, and - obviously - the latest fashion trends. Read More »

Promising Early Results from Take a Hike

We have some incredible news! The Ministry of Education announced a $150K grant to Take a Hike. This brings TAH that much closer to their goal of opening a fifth classroom in Surrey by September. Read More »

Getting to know Fares Boulos

Meet one of SVP’s newest Partners, Fares Boulos. Fares became a Partner in February 2018, and in short order, proceeded to join the Opportunities Committee, participate in several non-profit discovery visits, facilitate a brainstorming session, and jump in on several other SVP and Investee projects. Read More »

Getting to know Greg Sullivan

Through his participation in the Opportunities Committee (OC) and various SVP events, Greg enjoys meeting many Partners, Investees, and prospective Investees. He continues to learn more about non-profit organizations and how to provide effective support to help them accomplish their missions. Read More »

Building Capacity, One Step at a Time

Recently, one of SVP's newest Investees, PEDAL, tapped into the Strategic Planning Community of Practice. PEDAL Lead Partners, Dan Bowditch and Jay Biskupski were the drivers behind the session. Read More »

Listening: A Shortcut to Understanding

"In the SVP context of providing funding and assistance," says Larry, "some Partners may be hesitant to be represented as "experts" in general or in a particular area; or they may wonder if their experience base readily translates to the needs of a small not-for-profit." Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Alison Brewin

Alison Brewin joined the SVP board in February 2017 and brings a plethora of non-profit expertise to the table. Read More »

Family Philanthropy Holiday Hampers

SVP Partners, Annette Yang and Michael Argast, have been sponsoring families via Christmas Hamper programs for almost 20 years – and we’re excited to collaborate with them to create an opportunity for you and your children to participate. Read More »

35 Partners + 1 Blue Heron enjoy final SVP Summer Social Series event

Earlier this year we asked Partners if they were serious about creating social change; if they had questions about how we can really make a difference in the lives of children and youth at risk. Read More »

The truth about Larry Achtemichuk

Larry Achtemichuk, with a career background in Information Technology, has been an SVP Partner for five years. He's had three Lead Partner gigs and is currently co-Lead Partner of NICCSS (Network of Inner City Community Services Society). Read More »

SVP welcomes back former Investee with $150,000 SVP Scaling Grant

Some of our long-time Partners will recognize our newest Scaling Grant recipient, Take a Hike Foundation (TAH), from when they were an SVP Investee from 2004 to 2007. They've come on board with SVP again with Nicole Geyer as Lead Partner to help take them to the next level. Read More »

The truth about Linda Louis

Linda Louis, a once long time ago teacher, has been an SVP Partner for 15 years and is currently the Lead Partner for Writers’ Exchange. Read More »

The truth about Nicole Geyer

Nicole’s been an SVP Partner for nine years and is currently a co-Lead Partner for Red Fox Healthy Living Society. Read More »

SVP Summer Social Series 2017

Are you serious about creating social change? Do you have questions about how we can really help children and youth at risk? Are you ready to dive into some serious dialogue with experts in non-profit impact? Then these sessions are for you! Read More »

The truth about Eric Cormier

Eric Cormier, a Contract CFO for early stage tech companies, has been an SVP Partner for 5 years, and is currently the Lead Partner of Fresh Roots. Read More »

Clearing the path for Investees to do more good

Yo Bro Yo Girl is an excellent example of SVP's time + money model in action. SVP Partner resources and Lead Partner Nick's dedication and commitment to Yo Bro have helped catapult the organization into a growth trajectory. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Geoff Howard

Meet board director and chair of the Opportunities Committee (OC), Geoff Howard. Since joining SVP in 2011, Geoff has been a member of the OC, volunteered and assisted Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative (including arranging for them to get charitable status), Do What U Luv, and Mom2Mom. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Hamlet Abnousi

Meet Hamlet Abnousi, SVP board member since 2015 and co-chair of the Lead Partner Committee. Hamlet joined SVP in 2011, and since then has participated in an impressive array of roles Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Tom Porteous

Meet SVP Partner and board treasurer, Tom Porteous (full bio). Tom and his wife Jodie have been a part of SVP for 14 years and are big believers in giving back to the community. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Jeff Peterson

Meet Jeff Peterson, co-chair of the Lead Partner Committee and member of the SVP board of directors since 2014. He joined SVP in 2011, and in 2012 began volunteering as co-Lead Partner for former Investee, Saint James Music Academy. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Ron Klopfer

Meet Ron Klopfer, member of the SVP board of directors since 2012. His first role was as Treasurer, and he's currently the vice-chair. Ron and his wife Natalie have been SVP members since 2008. Read More »

Introducing SVP's newest Investee, Mealshare

SVP is excited to announce its newest Investee, Mealshare, a non-profit committed to creating a world where it’s easier to share with those in need, and every child and youth is fed as a result. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Robin Louis

Meet Robin Louis, member of the SVP Vancouver board of directors since 2013. He chairs the SVP Development Committee where he practices his favourite SVP activity: getting people excited to become SVP Partners. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Caroline Jellinck

Meet Caroline Jellinck, SVP board director since 2015 and chair of the SVP Governance Committee. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Dan Bowditch

Meet SVP board director Dan Bowditch. Dan has been active in almost all things SVP since he and his wife Ursula became partners in 2009. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Paul Geyer

Meet Paul Geyer, SVP Vancouver Board Chair since 2014. Paul and his wife Nicole have been SVP Partners since 2008, and are both very engaged at an organizational level and with our Investees. Read More »

3 things you didn't know about Alanna Donahue

Meet SVP board director, Alanna Donahue. Most of you will remember her in her role as Interim Executive Director for SVP from October 2015 to April 2016, but she's been with SVP from the very beginning as a member of the founding board. Read More »

Yo Bro | Yo Girl: Transforming at-risk youth into confident leaders

SVP Investee, Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative is breaking barriers and making incredible strides in its mission to keep kids safe, in school, and positively connected to their communities. With help from Lead Partner, Nick Bedford, and the diligent work of Yo Bro founder Joe Calendino and his wife, Brenda, this powerful organization has grown fifteen-fold since 2009, and is poised on the edge of more exciting growth in the year ahead. Read More »

New Investee deepens roots with $55,000 SVP grant

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society – a social enterprise that uses its gardens and programs as the catalysts for healthy eating, ecological stewardship, and community celebration – presented to SVP’s Investment Committee in February. Fresh Roots’ appeal for financial and non-financial support from SVP centred around their Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership Program, with the goal to develop a third location and offer the program to youth with developmental disabilities. Read More »

One of a kind non-profit helps Aboriginal children and youth reach new heights

Red Fox Healthy Living Society’s ladder of support and opportunities for Aboriginal children and youth is one of a kind in Canada. Over the past nine years, Red Fox has cultivated its niche by remaining firmly focused on this community. Demand for their programs is on the rise, and with funding from SVP Vancouver, Red Fox is scaling from their downtown Vancouver origins to additional municipalities in Metro Vancouver. Read More »

Partner Q + A: getting to know Cathy Brown

SVP Partner since 2002, Cathy Brown seems to have access to more minutes in a day than most people. When she’s not chasing balls on the courts, walking her dog, or working CRM magic at Traction on Demand, Cathy volunteers her time with SVP sitting on the Board, chairing the SVP Opportunities Committee and acting as Lead Partner with one of SVP’s newest Investees, Red Fox Healthy Living Society. Read More »

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

SVP’s Investment Committee met in October and November to hear presentations by three Investees, each at different [...] Read More »

Partner Q + A: getting to know Scott Shaw

Scott Shaw joined the SVP Partner team in April, 2015. He was the President and CEO of Sutton Group Realty Services for 32 years, and in September of this year, stepped into the Director role. Scott is now able to spend more time in the philanthropic realm where his passion for helping others is truly making an impact in Vancouver’s social sector. Scott has jumped into SVP with both feet, as a volunteer, Co-Funder, and Co-Lead Partner for one of SVP’s newest Investees, Social Diversity for Children (SDC). Read More »

Meet SVP Investee Social Diversity for Children – a model of innovation

Through their community programs and events, SDC’s young leaders help foster understanding and empathy between youth and children with and without disabilities. By inspiring a younger generation to embrace all people without discrimination, these youth reduce ableism one friendship at a time. Read More »

SVP awards $225,450 to five worthy Investees this summer 

Mom2Mom, KidSafe, Adoptive Families Association of BC, ONE TO ONE Literacy, and our newest Investee, Social Diversity for Children receive SVP funding boost. Read More »

SVP needs U! Your Time = Incredible Impact

SVP relies on the expertise and commitment of its Partners to help Investees strengthen their organizational [...] Read More »

Partner Q + A: getting to know Praveen Varshney

To use an old, but apropos cliché, time flies! When we asked Praveen Varshney – entrepreneur and environmental [...] Read More »

St. James Music Academy graduates from SVP Vancouver

St. James Music Academy is the first Investee to “graduate” from SVP’s revitalized selection process introduced in 2012. During our 3 year engagement, SJMA nearly doubled the number of children served, funds raised, programs offered, and unique donors. Read More »

SVP honours three Distinguished Partners: Nick Bedford, Judy Gale, Ken Spencer

During our Spring Mingle, on a beautiful evening at the historic Hycroft Manor, SVP took the opportunity to recognize three Partners for their extraordinary service and contributions to SVP over many years. Nick Bedford, Judy Gale and Ken Spencer were each honoured with the title of Distinguished Partner. Read More »

Partner Q + A: Getting to know Kathy Butler

Kathy Butler, Head of Wholesale Banking British Columbia at CIBC, is a long-standing SVP Partner and business leader. She is known for her great client service and commitment to mentorship for aspiring bankers and budding business people. A nominee for the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award and winner of the Association of Women in Finance Peak Award, Kathy balances business, family and philanthropy with aplomb – and we think she’s pretty amazing. Read More »

Stewardship powers success at Power to Be

On May 15, Tim was the guest speaker at SVP’s Investee Forum – an opportunity for Investees to connect, share and learn. The Forum titled, Stories of Success and Non-Profit Best Practices, Tim shared valuable advice, lessons learned, and a good dose of wisdom from 17 years of charity work as the founder of Power to Be, whose mission is to provide people with barriers access to nature and outdoor recreation. Read More »

SVP approves $214,000 in funding to 5 Investees in first half of 2015

On April 16, the Investment Committee approved Yo Bro Youth Initiative ($45,000) and SafeOnline’s third year of funding ($30,000), as well as a new application from Athletics for Kids for a third year ask ($35,000). On May 26, Growing Chefs! was approved for a second year ($56,000) which included funding for a fund development resource, and SVP officially welcomed Writers’ Exchange as its newest Investee with a grant of $48,000 after a year plus of dedicated Partner time working with them to reach this goal. Read More »

A4K scores with third year SVP grant of $35,000

Every child deserves the chance to play sports – to be a part of a team, get exercise, gain confidence and learn the game. SVP Investee, Athletics for Kids (A4K) provides sports grants to children living in low income families. In 2014, they provided 850 sports grants and with SVP’s $35,000 donation and with the support of Lead Partner, Dan Bowditch, A4K is hoping to increase their grants to 1,250 in the coming year. Find out what A4K’s game changing strategy is and how they plan to build a fundraising culture among their team starting with a brand new website and updated communications collateral. Read More »

Partner Q + A - Getting to know Dan Bowditch

Dan Bowditch, man of the hour, is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. This former BC Hydro senior manager and current cycling enthusiast received well-deserved recognition this month with UBC’s Engineering Community Service Alumni Award. Read Dan’s Q + A to find out about his favourite SVP memory and some unexpected facts, such as his love for folk music and why ship captains consider Bowditch to be a noun. Read More »

KidSafe Pancakes Breakfast heralds the launch of "KidSafe Week" in City of Vancouver

KidSafe celebrated the official launch of “KidSafe Week” in the city of Vancouver at their annual Supporter’s Pancake Breakfast in March 2015, joining KidSafe children, staff, volunteers and donors (including many SVP Vancouver partners) over a nutritious and delicious breakfast celebration! Read More »

Shafin Diamond Tejani and Victory Square Labs receive prestigious Prime Minister Volunteer Award

SVP Partner Shafin Diamond Tejani and his company Victory Square Labs are recognized by the Prime Minister of Canada as a Business Leader. Read More »

Winter Mingle puts a spotlight on SJMA

More than 60 Partners, volunteers and staff attended the event to socialize and learn about SVP successes and engagement opportunities. Read More »

Have you got what it takes to be an SVP Lead Partner? Yes – you do!

Our Charitable Investees rely on SVP’s resources and connections to help increase their impact in our community. To access our resources, one of our most critical Partner volunteer roles is needed, that of Lead Partner. The Lead Partner acts as the primary liaison between the Investee and SVP to help make the relationship as productive as possible. Read More »

Partner Q & A - Getting to know Marie-Claire Howard

Born in France, Marie-Claire Howard moved to Canada in 1984. Marie-Claire studied Political Sciences at the University of Grenoble and worked in journalism and media relations before becoming a small business administrator. She is a partner at Howard Vera Design, providing residential and commercial design services. Marie-Claire and her husband Geoffrey joined SVP in 2011 and have been active Partners ever since. Read More »

Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative: helping moms and their kids rise up from poverty

Barb Fitzgerald, founder of Mom2Mom, describes how mentoring and support creates a less stressful environment where disadvantaged mothers can make positive life choices. Read More »

Parents get a lesson in online safety for their children

SafeOnline Education Society addresses the relatively new phenomena of widespread Internet access by children and youth, specifically how young people use this technology in unsafe ways. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of parents’ roles in influencing their child’s safe Internet conduct. Read More »

KidLink participant is grateful to try activities she's always dreamed of

KidSafe’s KidLink program supports vulnerable Vancouver youth during a time of great risk: high school transition. These susceptible youth receive one to one support from KidLink’s Program Coordinator who helps them access and succeed in the youth programs and services they need and deserve, but often lack access to due to socioeconomic and emotional barriers. Read More »

AFABC's online adoption program helps parents prepare for unique challenges

Thanks to the AFABC's online Adoption Education Program, Tim and Amber were ready to manage the unique ways that parenting adopted children is different from parenting biological children. Read More »

Mom2Mom mentors are a source of strength for Sindy

Sindy's challenging year exemplifies the important role Mom2Mom mentors can play to support a mother and her children through difficult times. Janet and Stephanie helped guide Sindy through the search for a new place to live and services for her child. Read More »

SJMA pianist becomes first graduate of Senior Program

When Saint James Music Academy enrolled its first students in 2007, twelve-year old Rachel was among them, a young person with no previous musical education but, like every child, filled with potential. Rachel became the first student to ever graduate from SJMA’s Senior Program. Read More »

Yo Bro mentor empowers women to be free from fear

Amanda found her passion in martial arts through Yo Bro’s Empowering Young Women program, eventually becoming a mentor and role model for other girls in the program. Read More »

Growing Chefs! volunteer chef transforms veggie haters to kale crusaders

Growing Chefs! hands-on lessons get kids excited about eating nutritious foods and provides them with the skills, knowledge, and most importantly, desire, to become lifelong healthy eaters. Read More »

Athletics for Kids enables a young athlete to succeed his hockey goals

When Cheryl-Ann Henning requested funding from Athletics for Kids to register her son Ben in hockey for the first time, the organization had no idea how significant the sports grant would be to this family. Read More »

A bookworm is born through ONE TO ONE's literacy program

Through the ONE TO ONE program, Sarah changed from an “I can’t” attitude to confidently describing herself as “I am a good reader”. Her teacher said that without this program, Sarah would have been a very disruptive student, on track to be at-risk. The ONE TO ONE program provided her the confidence to become a successful student, which will translate to all aspects of her schooling. Read More »

Power To Be puts disabilities in perspective

A participant in Power To Be Adventure Therapy’s Adaptive Recreation program for the past decade, Alanna Stockford's self-confidence has grown with each kayak paddle stroke through the waters around North Vancouver. Read More »

Matthew Morin achieves his potential through three SVP Investees

From Take a Hike to Yo Bro to Zero Ceiling, Matthew Morin attributes his transformation to the guidance and direction provided by SVP Investees. Read More »

SVP International Impact Report 2014

Read stories from across the SVP Network that showcase our work together. Share it with others who join us in this ambitious effort called Social Venture Partners. Read More »

Take-a-Hike Youth at Risk Foundation – a SVP Vancouver success story

Over our 14 year history, there have been numerous stories of success amongst our many Investees. From 2004 to 2007, SVP was involved with the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation (TAH). I am writing to share the airing of a documentary Clara’s Big Ride on CTV this Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Clara Hughes is an ambassador and big supporter of TAH and is helping draw attention to mental health issues, which research suggests is incubated in many cases during adolescence. Read More »

Partner Q & A - Getting to know the Telfers

Paola and Geoff Telfer joined SVP Vancouver in 2013. They have been together for 19 years, happily married for 16 [...] Read More »

Fresh Powder: Zero Ceiling gives youth the opportunity to carve a new path

What would happen if a young person living in poverty was given the opportunity to snowboard, mountain bike, or [...] Read More »

Norm Francis named SVP's first Distinguished Partner

On September 25, 2014, David Sutcliffe, Founding Board Chair of SVP Vancouver bestowed Founding Partner, Norm Francis with the title of Distinguished Partner. This special recognition was recently established by the Board of Directors to honour distinguished service to BC Social Venture Partners Foundation. Read More »

ONE TO ONE expands to 9 new schools and 2 new communities with SVP's support

With the support of SVP Partners and second year funding, ONE TO ONE realizes significant expansion to support children's literacy. Read More »

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

SVP officially welcomes Zero Ceiling into the fold with first year funding approval and grants second year funding to Power To Be and ONE TO ONE. Read More »

The Origin Story of SVP Vancouver

Every SVP has its own unique "origin" story. Read how SVP Vancouver came to be in 2001, as a result of serendipity and generosity in the hi-tech sector. Read More »

SVP approves $165,300 in funding to 4 worthy Investees

First-time SVP grant recipient Adoptive Families Association of BC, new Investee Mom to Mom Poverty Initiative, and veteran Investees Saint James Music Academy and KidSafe Project Society were successfully approved for funding in July, 2014. Read More »

KidSafe: Summer program begins, KidLink ready for 2nd year

KidSafe Project Society's summer program, funded by their annual golf tournament, will keep 310 vulnerable youth learning and having fun during the summer months. KidLink is successfully serving youth during their transition to high school. Read More »

The Louis Family: Philanthropy spans to the next generation

Meet the Louises: Owen joins his parents Robin and Linda to continue a ten year legacy of funding and supporting non-profits through SVP. Read More »

Hamlet Abnousi: SVP Partner doing really good things and falling in love with Philanthropy

Hamlet Abnousi has a passion for science and business and has fallen in love with wanting to make a big impact on lives, by doing really cool things. That is not just his personal style, but how he has built his business. Read More »

SVP approves $145,000 in funding to 4 deserving Investees

SVP’s Investment Committee met twice in April, approving second year funding for three existing Investees, Athletics for Kids, Safe Online Outreach Society and Yo Bro Youth Initiative, and funding for our newest Investee, Growing Chefs!. Read More »

Growing Chefs! A Garden of Endless Potential

With a desire to break down the kitchen walls and share the knowledge that is invaluable to every human, Merri Schwartz founded Growing Chefs! in 2005. Schwartz, a full-time professional pastry chef, had the idea to educate our most influential, our youth, on the importance of food sustainability, nutrition, and local agriculture. Read More »

Joe Calendino honoured with Courage to Come Back Award

The Province Feature: Joe Calendino, recipient of a 2014 Courage to Come Back award, now works with youth to help steer them away from drugs, booze and gangs. Read More »

Shafin Diamond: Working at the Intersection of Business and Community

He describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and sports junkie, and it’s not hard to see why. Shafin started his first business 18 years ago at the age of 19. It has since spiraled into launching 28 start-ups, in 13 different countries, generating over $50 million in revenues. Read More »

Yo Bro: A Resilient Solution

Yo Bro Youth Initiative builds resilience in the students and helps them deal with the risks and temptations of drugs and gang involvement, allowing them to achieve their full potential in life. Read More »

Athletics for Kids - The Benefits of Sport

Athletics for Kids is on a mission to give every child in our community the opportunity to participate in sports. Read More »

Saint James Music Academy - Changing lives through music

SJMA now reaches 275 children in five local schools with their academic and outreach programs. Read More »

How It All Started

One of SVP Vancouver’s greatest strengths are the founding Partners and early contributors, many of whom remain strong supporters of SVP today. Read More »

The Origin Story of SVP Vancouver

Every SVP has its own unique "origin" story. Read how SVP Vancouver came to be in 2001, as a result of serendipity and generosity in the hi-tech sector. Read More »

SVP Origin Story

It was 1994, and Paul Brainerd was out of a job. He had just sold his software company, Aldus Corporation, to Adobe. PageMaker, the desktop publishing program his company created, had revolutionized printing and publishing—and left him an unexpected millionaire. Read More »