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Why Engaged Philanthropy? New Partners Share Their Stories

Whenever new Partners join SVP, we’re eager to share the story of why they’ve chosen to participate in our unique model of engaged and strategic philanthropy. Sure, we think it’s pretty swell: who wouldn’t be drawn to deep, committed work with local nonprofits tackling the most critical issues in their communities? Yet every time we ask, we learn something new about how and why SVP intrigues new community members. That’s why we highlight new Partners: to learn about their backgrounds and previous commitments: their lives before SVP, where they want to go from here, and what role they see us playing in their bright vision of the future.

Sandy Marshall of Project Scientist at SEED20

My SEED20 Story: Sandy Marshall of Project Scientist

Sandy Marshall is a paradigm-shifter, a glass-ceiling-breaker, a nonprofit executive-turned social entrepreneur. She joins several like-minded leaders in spearheading a surge of national, organizational and community-based campaigns to foster more and better opportunities for women and girls in STEM fields. Marshall’s energies are currently focused on Project Scientist, the Charlotte-based nonprofit she founded in 2012…


Debbie Darden has a lot going on–and that may be putting it mildly. Graduations, grandchildren, you name it. In the thick of it all, Debbie managed to somehow act as the lead SVP Charlotte Partner on SEED20 2014. We pinned her down to talk about some of the highlights of her experience and of SEED20.…

Beth Silverstein welcomes SVP Parnters

Welcome, New Partners!

In the past couple months, we’ve had several new Partners join SVP Charlotte. Let’s get to know them! Dennis Elliott Dennis: I first heard about SVP through my relationship with HEART Tutoring, one of the first nonprofits SVP funded and where me and my roommates volunteer on a weekly basis.  Given my education, interest and experience in…