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Thu, Feb 15 from 5-7:30 pm   I  
Hosted by Lurie LLP

Collaborating On and Off the Field 
with Darrell Thompson
Former standout MN Gopher and NFL player Darrell Thompson shares his experience about "Collaborating On and Off the Field." As current President of Bolder Options, Mr. Thompson knows what it takes for youth to succeed in ALL of life's races and what we can do to make it happen.
Join us for networking and an investee spotlight featuring Roots for the Home Team as well. 

Wed, Mar 7 from 7:30-9 am  
Hosted by Marsh USA

Do you want to find more meaning in life through sincere engagement? Do you want to change your community through action? Are you seeking like-minded individuals to join in philanthropic endeavors? 

Join us for breakfast and learn more about SVP, our model of venture philanthropy and how we can infuse you or your business with a new or refreshed perspective on giving back to the community. 
New Investee Announcement

SVP Minnesota selected Cookie Cart as our newest investee at Pitch Night on November 30, 2017. Partner Dan Kinsella stepped up to be Lead Partner for the SVP partner consulting team. Thank you, Dan, for your leadership!

SVP Philanthropic Corporate Partner Factory Motor Parts selected Roots  for the Home Team as their investee. Together, skilled employees from Factory Motor Parts and leaders of Roots for the Home Team will identify capacity building goals and plan how to grow their impact on teens. 

Both investees  will receive up to $75,000 in grant funds and four times that value in pro-bono professional consulting skills over the next three years.  We are thrilled to launch these relationships to accelerate impact!
Partner Spotlight: Carla Pavone

Welcome to our new Board Chair, Carla Pavone, who is inspired by the passion of SVP partners and investees. She spends her days with entrepreneurs and innovations, yet calls herself a relic. Get to know Carla here >>

2017 by the Numbers

Equity Corner

Last fall, SVP Partners and staff worked to articulate our organizational values. Four values emerged: IMPACT, COMMUNITY INNOVATION  and EQUITY . In 2018 we will focus on equity, dive into the principles outlined below and strive to apply an equity lens to all aspects of SVP's work.

We look forward to partnering with you on this journey as we learn what equity means for us and how we deepen our understanding to impact our actions.
Grant Cycle Update

SVP Minnesota launched another grant round! We've received over 20 Letters of Interest from promising Twin Cities nonprofits. Stay tuned as applicants advance through the process.  is a new website that connects nonprofits in need with technology pros who want to volunteer their skills. NerdKind supports organizations of any size, to tackle technology needs of any kind.  It's created by  The Nerdery Foundation , led by SVP Partner Ginger Sorvari Bucklin, where our mission is to activate technologists to better our world.

Sounds amazing, right? Read more here >>

The SVP community is moving and shaking. Congratulations to all!
  • Appetite For Change received the 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation. Check out the Star Tribune coverage of this game-changing award!
  • New Rising Leader partner Kyle Wicks moved to the Twin Cities and began a position at Pillsbury United Communities as Government Grant Analyst.
  • Rising Leader partner and Board treasurer, Brian Peterson, is re-joining the nonprofit sector as CFO of MN Assistance Council for Veterans.
  • Ally and Joe Delgado welcomed baby Gabriel Joseph (pictured) in December 2017. 
  • SVP Partners and Breakthrough Twin Cities (BTC) benefactors, Tracy and Alden Skar, made a unique, yet meaningful contribution to BTC - 478 different kinds of stamps, totaling 31,795 stamps in all! Tracy's late mother collected US postage stamps for over 30 years, dating back to the 1960's. After licking hundreds of stamps for their personal use, the Skars generously donated the remaining collection to BTC. What a story! 
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