February News and Happenings!
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New Grant Cycle Announced

We are now accepting proposals for our spring 2019 capacity building grant!

SVP seeks to invest in one nonprofit that serves the social, developmental, and/or educational needs of underserved Somali and/or East African teens (ages 12-21).
Click here  to view our proposal guidelines and form. Proposals will be accepted through Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 5:00pm CST. 

Contact info@svpmn.org with questions.
Why John Watson Became an SVP Partner

John Watson became an SVP Partner in late 2017 and hit the ground running as an insightful presence  and voice in various settings. Read more about what inspires John and why he chose be an engaged philanthropist.

SVP Partners are people who care deeply about youth in our communities. They are inspired to work collaboratively, strategically, with humility and innovation, to make a greater impact on the lives of under-resourced teens.  Through shoulder-to-shoulder work with nonprofit leaders, SVP partners build meaningful relationships, get-hands in their philanthropy and apply valuable skills to capacity building projects. 

SVP creates a network of philanthropists, and together we elevate the lives of underserved teens by strengthening the nonprofits that serve them. Guided by our  values of Impact, Innovation, Community and Equity, SVP addresses entrenched social problems. 

Is SVP the right fit for you? Contact Executive Director,  Ann Herzog-Olson to discuss.

JOIN US! Register for New Partner orientation on Feb 12.

SVP is delighted to announce our inaugural cohort of Community Partners! 
  • Linda Bryant is Senior Vice President of Programs at EMERGE
  • Neda Kellogg is Executive Director of Project Diva and a Bush Fellow
  • Veronica Williams is Annual Giving Manager at Caring Bridge

We are thrilled to expand the SVP Partnership with their talents, skills and experience.

The Community Partners Program addresses SVP's growing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and our recognized need to bring additional voices into SVP's work. By launching a cohort of community-focused leaders who are professionals of color, we hope to interact more intimately with communities that have been historically marginalized, engage in collaborative learning with others from different-lived experiences and grow to do our capacity building work more effectively. Community Partners have the opportunity to increase their impact through SVP's engaged philanthropy model.
Engage with Our Investees

The BrandLab is always looking for industry professionals that are willing to volunteer their time and expertise with their students and alumni. If you would like to get involved,   sign up here!

Cookie Cart has ongoing individual and group volunteer opportunities. For more information about volunteering, contact Hope Lockett via email or at 612-843-0425.

Spark-Y offers unique opportunities to engage about sustainability and entrepreneurship. Volunteers might help table an event, conduct a hands-on workshop, lead a station for an aquaponics build, and more. The next monthly volunteer training will take place on Thursday, February 7 from 6-7pm. Sign up here!

Support Elpis Enterprises by attending their event "Shirts, Birds, Brew!" on March 23. More info here .
Upcoming Events
Events are open to the public and all are welcome. Contact   SVP if registration fees present a barrier to participation.
Equity Corner

Listen to This American Life podcast episode "Little War on the Prairie." It's a fascinating combination of Minnesota history involving the Dakota Indians and food for thought about root causes of disenfranchisement and oppression.
Stay Connected

Did you know that SVP Minnesota is building its online presence? You can find us on Facebook, LinkedIn and  Twitter. Follow/like us on social media and help us widen our reach!
  • World Savvy was awarded the Bush Foundation's 2018 Community Innovation Grant for developing and testing new solutions to challenges in their community.
  • Partner Amy Jongerius welcomed daughter Mila on January 15!
  • Partner Vicki Raport joined the Reputation Institute (RI) Board of Directors. RI is the world's leading provider of reputation measurement, management and intelligence services. Read the announcement here.
  • Partner Chris Harms was promoted to Associate Director at Värde Partners.
Congratulations to all!  Send us your successes or celebrations to share.
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