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February 4, 2015

Greetings SV2 Friends

We love what we do. It’s a gift to serve this remarkable SV2 giving tribe. A huge thank you to each one of you for being part of the SV2 community and our work — investing and engaging in SV2’s high-impact collaborative grantmaking, powerful learning programs, and beyond-the-dollars support for our Grantees.

Below we reveal details around SV2's upcoming 2015 international trip, share social impact articles that Partners have been discussing, welcome a new family into our vibrant community, and preview upcoming events.

Whether we just saw you last week or you haven't had time to drop by in a while, we invite you to join us at one of our exciting upcoming SV2 events. We have nearly a dozen on tap you’ll not want to miss, such as the Springboard Session on Impact Investing: Stories from the Field on Feb. 24. We look forward to seeing many of you soon!

Join SV2 in South Africa 

Pictured: ThinkImpact / SV2 Fall 2014 International Trip to Rwanda

Given the positive feedback from SV2’s first pilot international trip (read about it here), SV2 is pursuing a second trip this summer. Partners selected South Africa as our destination! The trip will take place from Saturday, July 25, 2015 to Sunday, August 2, 2015, and it will be open to SV2 Partners and their families, including children who have completed their eighth grade year or higher.

ThinkImpact's award-winning, design thinking-based curriculum will provide a full-immersion experience focused on social impact and innovation. The trip will include time in Cape Town to learn about South Africa's history and culture, as well as to build a foundation in the ecosystem surrounding heath, education, technology, and social innovation. Participants will travel to a rural community where they will participate in a village home stay and work side-by-side with community members to help craft potential solutions to community challenges.

ThinkImpact is currently finalizing the budget. Please email Elizabeth Dodson, Director of Grantmaking (, by Monday, Feb. 9 to sign up for an information session and receive precise trip cost information as soon as it's available.

What SV2 is reading...

We're piloting something new this month. We think it's terrific when an SV2 community member shares a must-read article that teaches us something new or helps members consider the world from a different perspective.

How to leave your mark: In a recent New York Times Op-Ed David Brooks chronicles the skepticism, promise, and recent mainstreaming of impact investing. Read more.

Technology start-ups don't hold all the answers: Phil Buchanan, President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, shares his beliefs that the nonprofit sector will be more effective if "we root our efforts in an understanding of the unique challenges of the nonprofit sector, if we respect the differences between most nonprofit work and a technology start-up, and if we acknowledge the good work that has been done, so we might actually learn from it." Read more.

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