Lisa Chin joined SVP after retiring from Amazon – exhausted and craving something different. She wasn’t sure what, but she knew it involved giving back.
So she dove deep at SVP. She attended every workshop, accepted every volunteer opportunity, and with her husband Nigel, developed a giving strategy, two words that – as Lisa puts it – “didn’t exist in our vocabulary.”
Lisa also began searching for a career that would make a positive impact in her community, drawing upon her SVP experience to guide her. “The strength of what I learned at SVP was a huge part of my resume,” says Lisa. “It’s better than getting a master’s in nonprofit management.” Today, Lisa is the Executive Director of Year Up Puget Sound – helping urban young adults reach their full professional potential.
Just One Story Among Many
SVP Seattle has …
- 500+ Partners (2600+ internationally) pooling money, time and talent for greater impact
- 50+ Partners serving on boards and in leadership roles at nonprofits and in our community
- Dozens of families and teen philanthropists engaged in service projects and grant making
- 40+ education sessions annually on philanthropy and related topics
- 60+ volunteer opportunities with nonprofits annually, ranging from technology to human resources to financial management projects
More Partner Stories...
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“We thought you dodged the education bullet,” Susan’s dad joked over the phone. It’s true. Susan’s parents spent their entire working careers in education (her father as a school principal and her mother as a teacher). Susan, however, chose a different path – getting a marketing degree and landing a job at Microsoft. Little did she know, she'd eventually find herself engaging 250 teenagers at the King County Youth Summit.
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"As the words: 'Oh, we’re searching for a new ED' hit my ears, something strange happens. Everything slows down and starts to become hyper-real … When suddenly I realize, oh my god, THAT’S my job!"
"I try to ride my bike everywhere and not wear lycra," says Partner Todd Vogel with a smile. "In living a life that’s sustainable, you can’t make it only applicable to the zealots." Whether turning a derelict alley into a bustling art exhibit or leading the charge for a more livable Seattle, Todd is creating places where sustainability can thrive as the new normal.
I was surprised when, upon the invitation to write about the emotional rewards of volunteering, no one moment stood out in my mind. It made me ask myself, why do I volunteer?
Imagine you are traveling through the hills outside of Oaxaca. Rugged mountain vistas, multicolored buildings peppering a hillside, ancient ruins under a bright blue sky. What would be on you mind? Banking options perhaps? If you’re Tricia McKay, that’s exactly what you’re thinking about.