Social Venture Partners Calgary is pleased to share that Two Wheel View (TWV) is our newest Investee and the recipient for this year’s grant. This is the first year where our Partner vote was held virtually after our AGM on November 26, but it did not diminish the excitement and the result of a very close poll which resulted in selecting Two Wheel View as our Investee once again.
Two Wheel View was selected previously in 2012 as an Investee which led to a very successful five-year partnership until 2016. At the time, TWV was growing from a grassroots organization to a more stable, confident, and established organization.
“We are very much looking forward to working with the SVP team and Partners”, said Laura Instead, Executive Director, Two Wheel View. “I am particularly excited, knowing what this means for Two Wheel View, having had the benefit of SVP’s wisdom and guidance before, as we embark on this new journey together. I feel strongly that we are on the cusp of a new chapter. Our work has now an even greater relevance in a changing world and that we have the creativity, innovation, and now tremendous support to roll forward a larger, bolder and more impactful version of TWV. SVP Partners will once again have a chance to be involved in TWV’s journey to its next stage of growth and evolution.
Two Wheel View is a charitable community supported organization that uses the bicycle as a vehicle for change in the lives of youth. Through their innovative programming, youth are taught Social Emotional Learning (SEL) using a bike as a tool where youth experience the pride and sense of accomplishment that comes with working hard to earn their own bike, helmet and lock. The programs focus on creating community, building resilience, instilling respect, being authentic, and seeking adventure.
Two Wheel View is excited about the opportunity to grow our programs so that we can build a better Calgary,” said David White, Board Chair, Two Wheel view. “We are proud of our programs and have the highest confidence that we are contributing to making Calgary a good place to live.”
Two Wheel View will receive $15,000 in unrestricted funding in their first year as an investee. Over the coming months, TWV and SVP will work together to identify the best strategic initiatives to partner on, with the overarching goal of building resiliency in our city’s youth.
SVP Calgary would like to thank all the organizations that submitted an application for this year’s grant. All applicants will have an opportunity to work with SVP Calgary through a new initiative being launched in the New Year by SVP Calgary to provide youth serving, non-profit organizations with “pro-bono” support with specific, short-term, capacity building projects.
“In response to the current needs of the non-profit sector, we are piloting a new program offering at SVP Calgary, with the creation of four Resource Teams that will be available to work on specific scope projects with youth-serving organizations in Calgary and area. These teams will offer non-profit leadership teams capacity building skills-based volunteers in the areas of Financial Health, Marketing/Communications, Board Enhancement, and Strategic Partnerships (mergers, integrations, and formal collaborations)” said Sarah Wuntke, Executive Director of SVP Calgary.
Trellis (formerly Boys and Girls Club, Calgary), moved into the second year of partnership with SVP Calgary in July 2020, and will receive $20,000 in unrestricted funding in 2020.
In June 2020, Cornerstone Youth Centre (CYC) graduated from SVP Calgary’s investment cycle. Over the two years, SVP Partners completed 15 capacity building projects with CYC including: Financial Planning and Assessment, Board Development, and Organizational Design; contributing over 500 hours in volunteer time.
Green Fools Theatre Society (GFTS) also completed their one-year grant in June 2020. SVP Partners supported GFTS in the development of their Summer Social Circus School and Board Recruitment.
SVP Calgary is honored to have partnered with CYC and GFTS and wishes continued growth and success in the future.
Director, Partnerships and Community Impact
Social Venture Partners Calgary
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