Love. Learn. Lead.

SV2 continues to spread the love this month. We're coming off two successful kickoffs in January - our International Grant Round and the SV2 Teens Philanthropy program - and we're gearing up for more learning and collaborative giving opportunities ahead. We've narrowed our Education Grant Round prospective Grantee list down to four inspiring organizations, and our trailblazing pilot Impact Investment Round participants continue to examine early-stage social enterprises in search of high-impact investment opportunities. We're head over heels for the gifts of being able to learn together, lead together, give together, and be part of the SV2 community together - can you feel the love?

— team sv2


Lean into SV2 Leadership

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Did you know that at any one time, roughly one third of SV2's 200+ Partners put their hands up to serve as active volunteer leaders? Check out a number of these impressive leaders here. Central to what makes SV2 work so well are these many Partners who "power" our SV2 community through their leadership. Read more to learn about these various volunteer roles.

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Calling future SV2 Board members!

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The SV2 Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we have seats on the Board to be filled this spring. There will be an open application process - any Partner who is interested in serving on the SV2 Board should fill out the Statement of Interest form, which you can access and download here. 

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Meet the staff team

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Ever have a question about an SV2 matter but do not know whom to ask about it? Our staff team is committed to making your experience with SV2 smooth and meaningful. Keep reading for a brief rundown of staff roles and main responsibilities.

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Ready for lightning?

Get ready for some lightning-fast learning and impact as we prepare for this spring’s Lightning Grant Round, which will be held in May and focus on the Environment. This lighter touch, shorter duration grantmaking experience will take place over one month, and will involve individual work and two group meetings.

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Partners: have you filled out your profile?

my.SV2 is our just-launched online hub for the SV2 community. To ensure that we all get the most out of this platform that many Partners and staff have worked hard to build, we request that each Partner take a few minutes to fill out his or her my.SV2 Partner profile today.

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SVP Leadership Retreat in April

Join SV2 Board members, fellow Partners and staff this April for the 2016 Social Venture Partners Leadership Retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona where we’ll explore how addressing inequities in our communities can accelerate our positive impact. By deepening our understanding of systemic and unconscious biases, we increase our ability to identify and take action when we see inequity in our own work processes and in our local communities.

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Poverty, Inc. screening & discussion

We are trying to determine if there is Partner interest in viewing the Poverty, Inc. film and having a discussion afterwards. The documentary, about international aid and nonprofits, has won 11 film festival awards (trailer and plot synopsis here). Please tell us how likely you would be to attend the event by completing this one-question survey by Sun., Feb. 7.

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Welcome, New SV2 Partners!

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Susan Rosenberg is a co-founder of Canopy, a nonprofit that plants, cares for, and surveys Palo Alto's and East Palo Alto's city trees. Susan has three children and three grandchildren. Her other interests are art and books.

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Scott Saslow is the Founder of The Palo Alto Impact Center, which enables social entrepreneurs and impact investors to increase their social and financial impact. He is married to Paula Saslow, a budding filmmaker, and parent to two girls in the Palo Alto school system. Scott enjoys all mountain sports and music in his free time.


Upcoming Events

International Grant Round Meeting

thurs. feb. 11 | 11:15am - 1:30pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin dr., suite 103

Following an online vote to narrow our field of candidates, Partners will further narrow the list to 8-10 organizations from whom we’ll request full applications. Lunch provided.

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Impact Investing Deep Dive Workshop on Alternative Structured Exits

mon. feb. 22  | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | Sv2 - 350 twin dolphin dr., shoreway conf. room

Hosted by SV2 and presented by Investors' Circle, this case study-based workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore various alternative structured exit options for early stage impact investments. Open to SV2 Partners and Investors' Circle members. 2:00-4:00pm workshop, 4:00-5:00pm informal mixer. Only a few spots remaining - sign up now! Waitlist available. Please list SV2 as your “company” when you register.

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New Partner Circle

thurs. feb. 25  | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Sv2 - 350 twin dolphin dr., suite 103

Prospective and new SV2 Partners come together with SV2 Board Members for informal conversation about how SV2 works and ways to engage, learn and lead within the SV2 community.

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Impact Investment Round Meeting

thurs. feb. 25 | 6:30pm - 8:45pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin Dr., Suite 103

Partners will review due diligence and potentially vote on investments. Light dinner provided.

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Impact Investment Round Meeting

tues. mar. 8 | 6:30pm - 8:45pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin dr., suite 103

Partners will review due diligence and potentially vote on investments. Light dinner provided.

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Education Grant Round Meeting

tues. mar. 15 | 11:15am - 1:30pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin dr., suite 103

Partners will report out on site visits conducted in the previous few weeks and decide which remaining applicants to invite for finalist presentations. Lunch provided.

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International Grant Round Meeting

thurs. mar. 17 | 11:15am - 1:30pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin dr., suite 103

Based on applications received from the 8-10 organizations, Partners select up to 6 for a Q&A call or meeting with a few Partners (who will craft a report to share at the next meeting). Lunch provided.

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SV2 Board Meeting

Tues. Mar. 22 | 8:30am - 2:30pm | Location - tbd

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Curated Events

feb. 9-10 | Data on Purpose: Telling Great Stories with Data conference (Stanford)

MAR. 4 | Village Enterprise Casino Night (San Carlos)

mar. 4-6 | Haas Social Impact Collective (Half Moon Bay)

MAy 3-5 | Frontiers of Social Innovation Forum (Stanford)

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SV2, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, is a community of more than 200 individuals who have joined together to learn about effective giving and pool their resources to invest in innovative nonprofits and social enterprises.


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