Who are SVP Investees?
SVP Investees are nonprofit organizations who welcome the expertise of our partners. They utilize SVP resources to tackle projects they otherwise would not be able to take on including re-designing the business to meet changing market conditions, succession planning, branding, communications, and information system redesign.
Current Investees -
America SCORES Denver
The mission of SCORES is to empower students in urban communities through soccer, writing, creative expression and service-learning. Founded in response to the lack of afterschool programs at the elementary level in the Denver Public School system, SCORES uses a unique combination of athletics, poetry, and service-learning to engage kids in their education and promotes literacy.
The project scope with SCORES has been wide-ranging. First, SVP Partners updated a computer networking system to facilitate communication and work productivity. Second, Partners developed a Financial Dashboard to provide a simple visual overview of the health and direction of America SCORES’ financial statements. This spring and summer, SVP’s team has been consulting on updating the organization’s strategic plan. Finally, the SVP Team has helped with the creation of a corporate pitch to enable SCORES’ Executive Director to confidently approach businesses requesting funding for the growth and development of the program.
The mission of Project PAVE is to empower youth to end the cycle of relationship violence. The organization's goal is to stop the generational cycle of relationship violence through prevention, education, and early intervention. PAVE provides effective, culturally-relevant violence prevention education, victim identification, and counseling services in underserved Denver communities using two strategies: awareness and outreach that prevent violence and often result in victim identification, followed by clinical counseling that addresses the impact of violence on victims and their families.
SVP’s project scope with Project PAVE is defined in three priority areas – Development, Program Evaluation, and Board Governance. As our newest Investee, the process of identifying specific projects within these priority areas is ongoing as meetings are being held with key leaders in the organization, including Board of Directors and the Executive Director.
Destination ImagiNation Colorado
Destination ImagiNation’s mission is to develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st Century Skills and creativity. Destination ImagiNation prepares Colorado's kids to be innovators of the future by combining arts, science, and technology with creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. Their unique competition framework has children working in teams to come up with creative solutions to a variety of challenges. This develops kids' self-efficacy, self-esteem, self-motivation, and ability to work in teams.
OpenWorld Learning supports student's school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning. Their acclaimed program teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills through a fun and challenging after-school computer lab which engages children during the time of day when they are most likely to participate in high-risk behavior. Since its inception, OWL has served more than 5,000 students with over 550,000 contact hours, including 523 students who received more than 66,000 contact hours during the 2011-2012 school year.
The Playworks mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. A national force in changing the way we think about the importance of play during school, Playworks addresses the alarming fact that 40% of school districts have eliminated recess or are considering doing so. Children's play during recess is vital to their social, emotional, character, and cognitive development. By placing trained staff in recess and engaging other school staff in facilitated recess activities, Playworks is able to facilitate healthy child development, reduce bullying and decrease transition time from recess to class room by 30%, thus increasing active learning time for each student.
The mission of Revision International is to educate, inspire, connect, and empower individuals and communities to achieve transformational change through locally created, scalable models that lead to global sustainability. Working in Denver's food desert regions, Revision International's programming provides a host of benefits to their neighborhood communities by empowering low-income households to grow their own organic food, creating community gardens where people not only work but are educated about gardening and pressing environmental issues, providing healthy food at a low cost through a farmer's market, and offering a train-the-trainer model for empowering individuals to be change makers in their community.
Here are some of the many nonprofits that SVP Denver has partnered with and funded in previous years.
- Center for Visual Arts
- College Summit
- Front Range Earth Force
- The Spot
- Colorado Youth at Risk
- Environmental Leaning for Kids
- OpenWorld Learning
- The Conflict Center
- Denver Urban Gardens
- Smart-Girl Inc.
- The Gathering Place
- Healthy Learning Paths