Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary is SVP Calgary’s newest long-term investee. Ninety percent voter engagement amongst Partners made for a close vote on June 26, which resulted in selecting Boys & Girls Clubs to partner with SVP Calgary for the next three to five years. SVP Calgary also selected a one-year investee, Green Fools Theatre Society.
“We care deeply about young people, wanting to ensure they grow up well and thrive. It is challenging work and can’t be done in isolation. We need partners who can help us see differently, serve more intentionally and have the resources we need to ensure young people achieve their biggest dreams,” said Jeff Dyer, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary. “SVP is going to help us do that, and that’s a dream come true!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC) is a charitable, community supported organization serving over 4,500 vulnerable children and youth in every quadrant of Calgary each year. For more than 80 years, they have been transforming lives by providing safe places where kids can develop confidence, gain skills, and experience success so they can reach their best potential in life.
The one-year investee approach is new this year, and is the first time SVP Calgary has partnered with an arts-focused organization. Green Fools Theatre Society is a non-profit, charitable society that creates, performs and teaches physical theatre arts focusing on masks, puppets and stilts for diverse audiences locally and internationally. They reach thousands of audience members each year through performances, community events, festivals, and creative training opportunities. Green Fools will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funding as well as Partner support for a clearly defined finance and budgeting project that will build operational capacity for the organization.
The SVP Investment Committee worked diligently for the past six months to define parameters and pare down the list of applicants within the new SVP Calgary focus-area, organizations offering programming to youth ages 12-15 in the area of prevention and building resiliency (outside of school hours). The Investment Committee thoroughly examined the short list of candidates and narrowed the choice to two finalists, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC), and carya. Both organizations have a long history in our city, of 75-plus years serving youth in our community.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary will receive $15,000 in unrestricted funding in their first year as an investee. Over the coming months, BGCC and SVP will work together to identify the best strategic initiatives to partner on, with the overarching goal of seeing our city’s youth thrive.
Cornerstone Youth Centre (CYC) will move into the second year of partnership with SVP Calgary. CYC will receive $20,000 in unrestricted funding and the focus for 2019/2020 will be increasing operational effectiveness and leadership development.
“As we move into our first dedicated year of clear and focused community impact for our city’s youth aged 12-15, we are thrilled to be partnering with these three organizations,” said Lindsay Read, Executive Director, SVP Calgary. “Their varying sizes, organizational evolution and programming will provide excellent engagement opportunities for our Partners to both learn and add value. Our goal to increase resiliency in 12-15 year olds through improved access and participation in high quality programming outside of school hours will remain at the forefront of our partnerships.”
In May 2019, Dare to Care completed their term as an SVP Calgary Investee. Over the past two years, SVP Partners have worked on a variety of projects with Dare to Care including, completion of an OCAT, strategic planning, board governance, business planning and growth development. SVP Calgary believes strongly in the program of Dare to Care and wishes them all the best for the future.