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SVP wishes a happy, peaceful and  healthy holiday season to all!

Partner Workshop: Consulting for Impact the SVP Way
Wed, January 25 from 5:30-8pm
SVP partners Jim Anderson and Marty Leestma will facilitate interactive discussion and exercises to fine-tune how you apply your skills to SVP's unique engaged philanthropy model.  Gain a better understanding of how SVP partners work with our investees.  
For partners only. Email Esther to RSVP.

Wed, February 8 from 7:30-9am
Are you seeking to realize a greater impact with your giving? Interested in becoming an SVP partner? Learn how the model of engaged philanthropy works and why we think it is the best way to affect social change.  Read more and RSVP here>>

Thu, March 2, 2017 at 6 pm at ARIA
15 Years, 15 Stories: Join us to celebrate SVP Minnesota's 15 years of impact with a festive evening highlighting the achievements of investees and paying tribute to the engaged philanthropists leading the way.  View sponsorship information here>>

Thu, April 6 from 5-8pm
Hear pitches from finalist nonprofits who made it through the SVP's due diligence process. They will be competing to be SVP's next investee! Partners vote to select who will receive up to $75,000 in financial grants and 4x that value in expert consulting through an SVP relationship. Read more and RSVP here>>
Invest in SVP!

The power of a year-end gift is at your fingertips. Make your donation count - invest in SVP!  Maximize your charitable contribution with a year-end gift to SVP Minnesota.  A guaranteed solid investment, our due diligence process ensures your dollars will have maximum social impact with underserved teens in the seven-county metropolitan area.  Click here  to give today.
Our Talented Partners: 2016 Partner Awards

John Judd received Partner of the Year for taking on an enormous amount of skills-based volunteering and helping almost every investee with their development efforts. John also led two high demand investee workshops in 2016. 
Jeff Parker received the Fast Start Award  for going above and beyond within his first two years of being a partner. Jeff served on a lead partner team and he now oversees the Due Diligence Team.
10-Year Partners:  Ellen and Gary Gallagher,  Jennie & Jeff Tollefson,  Julie & Rick Krieger
5-Year partners:  Meristem Family Wealth,  Mary & Jeff Werbalowsky  

Thank you all for your commitment to SVP, our investees and to the youth!

Want to be a part of an exceptional group of individuals? Contact Executive Director, Ann Herzog-Olson about becoming a partner today!
Welcome New Board Members: Ally Delgado & Nathan Espinosa

Nathan Espinosa
Ally Delgado
We are delighted to welcome Ally Delgado and Nathan Espinosa to SVP-MN's board, filling two spots that were vacated early. They step in at an exciting time as we enter our 15th anniversary year. Thank you for your leadership and talents!
New Partners in 2016

We are delighted to welcome three new Corporate Partners in 2016. The expertise and talent of their teams will further serve to strengthen and scale the nonprofits in which we invest.  

We welcome N ancy Chang,  Matt Ladhoff,  Trevor McKinnon,  Dan Pickering and  Kirk Smith of 3M.

We welcome  Rhoda Beaird,  Josh Henrich and  Charles Talbert of Lurie LLP.

We welcome  Ross Johnson,  Adam McGrane,  Emily Soltvedt,  Andrea Stark and  Mary Beth Steiner of Riverbridge Partners.

We are  also thrilled to welcome individual partners who joined in 2016:
Kate & Art Berman,  Alana Buckner,  Kayla & Lincoln Hughes,  Linda Ireland & Susan Gillman,  Alexandra Marston,  Katy & Stuart Noun,  Leslie & David Orenstein
Get Engaged!

As you plan your time in the new year, commit to having an impact on youth in our community. Click here for more information about being a World Savvy Festival Volunteer or World Savvy Project Ally. 
Granting Cycle (Due Diligence Process) Update

SVP follows a venture philanthropy model, providing both grants and consulting services to the nonprofits we support. We carefully select small and mid-sized nonprofits having extraordinary impact on  low-income,  underserved youth , and with the potential to have much more.

In December, the Due Diligence Team narrowed the field to five  organizations with impressive potential that will undergo site visits and further vetting. They are: Connections to Independence, DinoMights, One2One, Somali American Parent Association and The Brand Lab. Stay tuned for the finalists that will be invited to Pitch Night on April 6, 2017!
  • Partner Josh Reimnitz  is now interim executive director of Breakthrough Twin Cities.
  • Appetite for Change executive director, Michelle Horovitz ,  has been accepted into the  REDF SE4Jobs Accelerator   program.
  • Congrats to partner  Josh Hansen on his engagement to Melissa Kellen!
  • Partner  Rebecca Duvick  is joining Calabrio as Director of Professional Services.
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