Greetings SV2 friends

Just as tree blossoms and daffodils burst into full bloom, excitement is blossoming here at SV2 for the great things in store this Spring. SV2’s annual all-community Spring Gathering is just over a month away. This interactive evening will feature SV2’s inspiring Grantees and unveil this year’s Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Social Impact Award honoree. Also ahead this Spring are a Lightning Grant Round and Grant Portfolio Review & Learning Session examining SV2’s progress and impact across our entire grant portfolio. May your Spring overflow with all things energizing and meaningful to you, whether that means spending time with SV2 community members or in other ways that bring you joy.

— team sv2

 
 

Time for lightning!

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Calling all interested Partners for the fast-paced 2016 Lightning Grant Round, this year focused on local nonprofit organizations that provide opportunities for environmental learning and stewardship for local youth. The in-person meetings will be held on the evenings of May 3 and May 17, with mandatory pre-work beginning April 12. If you would like to participate in the Round, please send Jody Chang an email by April 11.

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A great year for SV2 Teens

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SV2 Teens wrapped up its eighth year at our celebratory finale on Sunday, March 20th. SV2 families, friends, Board members and Grantees convened in Redwood Shores to honor our graduating seniors and award checks to our 2016 SV2 Teens Grantees.

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Happenings in the Impact Investing Round

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One year ago, SV2’s Board voted to move forward with our first-ever pilot Impact Investment Round. Partners Karl Matzke, Tony Stayner, Gina Jorasch, and Joey Gutierrez generously stepped up to lead the Round, which prioritized a strong Return on Learning (ROL) for Partners and SV2 as an organization, along with the goals of driving measurable social impact and a financial return over time.

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Grantee Spotlight: Village Enterprise

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Village Enterprise, selected in SV2's 2014-2015 International Grant Round, works to end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation. Village Enterprise is in the midst of an exciting year during which they have formed new partnerships, launched a new website, and will soon be receiving the initial results of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) studying their impact.

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Spring Gathering: The Big Think-A-Thon

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Our annual Spring Gathering is May 10th, and this year we’re trying something new. In rapid-fire, 90-second presentations, eight SV2 Grantees will share a specific challenge that they are facing. Then, we’ll harness the collective knowledge and talent in the room as Partners join in group conversations with Grantees, brainstorming actionable solutions to their challenges (Sounds awesome, right? RSVP today!).

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Distilling lessons from SV2’s grant portfolio

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Have you ever wanted to know more about Grantees’ work in the second and third years of their relationship with SV2? Have you wanted to better understand SV2’s overall grant portfolio? Each year, the SV2 Board’s Grant and Impact Investment Review Committee (GIIRC) engages with questions like these through its annual review and evaluation of all the grants in SV2’s portfolio. This year all SV2 Partners are invited to participate in this unique learning opportunity.

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Needed: your input & ideas

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Get ready. SV2’s 2016 All-Partner Survey will launch in early May. In fact, you may want to hold 20 minutes on your calendar now. This survey is tremendously important because it helps the SV2 Board of Directors and staff better understand SV2’s impact on Partners’ lives as well as the valued ideas of our dynamic 200+ strong Partnership.

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SV2 is hiring!

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To help backfill an essential role played over the past 2.5 years by Elizabeth Dodson, who will be moving to Dallas with her family at the end of June, we’re hiring a part-time Program Officer to coordinate Beyond-the-Dollars work, support ongoing impact investment activities, oversee SV2 Teens, and manage other community-building activities.

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Welcome, New SV2 Partners!

 
 
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Michael Spector is the CEO of Vista Wealth and a partner in Vista Venture Partners. Vista was founded in 1998 and has offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Pleasanton. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and has two children at university. He loves to spend time with family and friends and to travel as often as he can.


 
 
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Elizabeth Tito grew up in Moscow, Russia, and after finishing Moscow State University, came to graduate school in the United States where she eventually transitioned from physics to a career in finance. In recent years, her focus has been on humanitarian causes. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and cultural events.


 
     
 

Upcoming Events


tues. April 12 | 11:15am - 1:30pm

Education Grant Round Meeting

Partners will confirm the selection of the 2015-2016 Education Grantee and discuss the finalist organization. Lunch provided.

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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Mon. & tues. April 18-19 | 9:00am - 4:00pm

The Essentials of Strategies for Problem Solving Philanthropy with Stanford PACS & SV2 *Event full - wait list available*

Paul Brest, a faculty co-director of Stanford PACS and SV2 Partner, will lead this highly interactive workshop, walking participants through the essentials of nonprofit and philanthropic strategy. Small groups will work together to apply the basic elements of strategic planning to real-world problems―from defining the problem to designing a theory of change to evaluating outcomes. Participants will develop strategies that help ensure long-term impact for philanthropic objectives, rather than just the illusion of results. This session is now full; please request a reservation to join the wait list.

stanford PACs - 559 nathan abbott way, Stanford

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Thurs. april 21 | 11:15am - 1:30pm

International Grant Round Meeting 

Partners will report on their Q&A conversations with applicants and select up to three of those applicants with which to conduct a tailored site visit before the next meeting. Lunch provided.

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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Mon.-Tues. april 25-26 | 8:30am - 4:30pm

Social Venture Partners (SVP) Leadership Retreat

As changemakers, we have an important role in ensuring everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Join fellow Social Venture Partners from around the world to discuss how we can address persistent and systemic inequities in our communities. You'll walk away with the tools to get started and new connections with people who can help you on this journey.

HOTEL VALLEY HO - 6850 EAST MAIN STREET, SCOTTSDALE, AZ

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Thurs. April 28 | 6:30pm - 8:45pm

Impact Investment Round Meeting 

Each industry team will present prospective investments and the terms of the potential deals. Partners will discuss, and then vote to select the investments that SV2 will make. Light dinner provided.

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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Sat. April 30 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

SV2 Kids at My New Red Shoes 

SV2 Partner and prospective Partner families (with children 4-12) are invited to volunteer together at My New Red Shoes. My New Red Shoes helps homeless and low-income children look confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes. After volunteering, we'll gather at the SV2 office from 2:00-2:30pm for snacks and socializing. Please RSVP here and bring this waiver with you. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a new pair of athletic shoes to donate (see here for shoe donation guidelines).

My new red shoes - 330 twin dolphin dr., suite 135, Redwood city

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tues. may 3 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Lightning Grant Round Meeting

First of two meetings for this fast-paced grantmaking experience focused on environmental learning and stewardship for local youth. 

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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tues. may 10 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Spring Gathering: The Big Think-A-Thon 

Thinking meets doing as we tackle real-world challenges at The Big Think-A-Thon. In rapid-fire, 90-second presentations, eight SV2 Grantees will share a specific challenge that they are facing. Then, we’ll harness the collective knowledge and talent in the room as Partners join in group conversations with Grantees, brainstorming actionable solutions to their challenges. This event will stretch your creative and problem-solving muscles. Grantees will walk away with creative ideas and everyone will leave with new connections and renewed energy for making an impact. 

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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tues. may 17 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Lightning Grant Round Meeting 

Second of two meetings for this fast-paced grantmaking experience focused on environmental learning and stewardship for local youth.

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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sun. june 5 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

SV2 Kids: Backpacks & Bagels 

Come celebrate the end of the school year by bringing school supplies/backpacks for local kids who need fully stocked backpacks for the coming school year. When you sign up, we’ll share a list of what to bring and SV2 Kids will fill up the backpacks and enjoy bagels along with each others’ company.

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Grantee Event

APRIL 27 | The Big Lift - Quarterly Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC) Meeting (Redwood City)
 


Curated Events

APRIL 21 - MAY 26 | "Leadership and Governance in Nonprofits" - Class (Stanford)

APRIL 25-26 | Social Venture Partners 2016 Leadership Retreat (Scottsdale, AZ)

MAY 1-4 | Sustainatopia Conference (Burlingame)

MAY 3-5 | SSIR's Frontiers of Social Innovation Forum (Stanford)

MAY 14 | "The Science and Practice of Strengthening Compassion" - Seminar (Stanford)

OCT 9-11 | Silicon Valley Community Foundation Innovation Conference (San Francisco)

 
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