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April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

I became a partner/member of San Diego Social Venture Partners in 2008 after discovering that retirement and the empty nest were just not as fulfilling as I would have liked. Through SDSVP, I have not only met some of the nicest people one could hope to know, but I have had an opportunity to learn and grow both as a professional and a philanthropist. As one of our partners says: "it's better than an MBA". It's probably the best investment of both time and money that I have ever made, and that's saying something. Check it out - you'll be glad you did.

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Watching organizations with compelling missions become even more effective at what they do is incredibly rewarding. Knowing that you were a part of it is a wonderful feeling.

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I would like to see more diversity in the partnership. While this is something that we are working on, it will take time.

November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

The San Diego Social Venture Partners has been instrumental in helping us become better philanthropists. In addition, we have made dozens friends through the network.

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My board capacity

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No changes

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

I joined San Diego Social Venture Partners as a way of giving back to my community. Having started my career as a county mental health program director, I continued to want to help those where I could. San Diego Social Venture Partners has been a transformative experience for me. It has allowed me to use and share my professional expertise with nonprofits in such a way that I can actually see the impact of my efforts. This is very personally gratifying. Anyone interesting in working with nonprofits by using their professional expertise would do well to consider joining a Social Venture Partners chapter. There are 26 of them across the country and we are 400 strong here in California.

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This is a group of bright and dedicated folks whose primary interest is making a difference in their community. These are folks who really want to do good rather than just look good or feel good.

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I'd like to introduce folks to the social venture philanthropy model as a way of enriching their lives and those of others.

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

When I started looking for a meaningful volunteer experience after I retired, I found that most non-profits offered few opportunities that would allow me to contribute my professional expertise. Finally, I discovered San Diego Social Venture Partners and it has allowed me to help non-profits grow and develop in ways that have been extraordinarily satisfying. Along with funding non-profits, SDSVP partners with these agencies in capacity building help from its partners. It has been a joy for me to assist our investees (the agencies we fund for 3 years) to achieve extraordinary results -- which they do! Plus I have had the opportunity to work with the group of fabulous, fun and committed individuals -- the partners of SDSVP

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seeing our grantees (investees) achieve extraordinary results by partnering with us--i.e., double their budgets, triple the number of clients served, etc.

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recruit more member partners to the organization so that it could serve more non-profits.

September 19, 2010

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September 19, 2010

I have been a Partner with SDSVP since 2004. I joined because I was convinced that the money donated was well spent. I don't like to give money to organizations because of emotion. I like to give because the money provides measurable improvements. SDSVP Partners are always focused on measurable improvements.

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The last year showed that for every dollar invested in SDSVP, ten dollars of value were given to the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about outcomes

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change San Diego to the better

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 17, 2010

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September 17, 2010

Getting involved with Social Venture Partners opened a whole new world of philanthropy for me in San Diego. I've met great people, both inside SVP and in the nonprofits we've worked with, and learned a ton about the charitable efforts going on in San Diego. And the best part is that we're helping nonprofits succeed. No checkwriting philanthropy here, this is about getting involved in the community and doing some good, growing the capacity of the local philanthropic sector.

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The number of nonprofits I've been able to work with, in a variety of sectors, which doesn't happen when you volunteer for a single charity.

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The opportunity to work with a wide variety of nonprofits and people.

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Fantastic!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Enact significant sector change in San Diego, both in specific charitable sectors and philanthropy as a whole.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 17, 2010

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September 17, 2010

Throughout my life, I have had a long history of involvement with numerous charitable organizations. I was frustrated,wanting a higher level of participation rather than just giving money. In 2001 my wife, Louarn and I, became founding members of San Diego Social Venture Partners (SDSVP). We consider ourselves "activist" investors, not "passive" donors are looking for both a social return on ourr investment (SROI) and a higher level of engagement with the causes we fund. SDSVP partners leverage our financial contribution by providing additional value through assistance with strategic and outcome planning, busness operations, marketing & public relations, board development & governance, fund development and IT support. We are asking tougher questions and demanding more rigorous, verifiable outcomes from the causes we support. Many of our partners are entrepreneurs and we understood the importance of building a solid management team just as we had done in the companies we have started. Our model of effective, engaged giving provides money, time and effort. Our involvement produces measurable results,and what is even more amazing is that our partners feel they get more out of the process than the recipient of their support.

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We became involved with the Human Development Foundation (HDF), one of the organizations SDSVP supports. HDF's goal is to help gifted children from low-income families achieve their full potential. In 2002, SDSVP provided the organization with a three-

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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