2007 Grants Reflect a Different Kind of Philanthropy

    Calgary Youth Justice Society & The Mustard Seed Receive Grants

    CALGARY, June 10 /CNW/ - Social Venture Partners (SVP) Calgary is pleased
to announce 2007 grants.

    Calgary Youth Justice Society was selected for a grant of $25,000 and The
Mustard Seed was selected by SVP Kids in a separate process for an award of
$3,600 the kids raised themselves.

    SVP Calgary combines the financial donations and expertise of partners to
invest in select Calgary non-profit agencies. SVP Calgary has donated over
$1 million through its seven-year history. SVP Calgary also has as a core
purpose to encourage new philanthropists by providing education about the
community and philanthropy. This learning is highlighted in SVP Calgary's
annual grantmaking process. SVP Calgary partners meet over a period of
8 months, eventually visiting with a shortlist of agencies in order to make a
selection of a new agency to begin a multi-year relationship and period of
investment. The goal is to help the agency more efficiently provide its
services to the community.
    At the same time that partners were identifying the needs in Calgary and
selecting their agency for investment, a group of partners' children met to
learn about issues in the community from experts, hear from experts in the
non-profit community and eventually made their own grant decision. For 2007,
SVP Kids selected the Mustard Seed for their investment of $3,600. The SVP
Kids raised the funds through various activities and community events.
    The 2007 Grant Announcement took place ahead of the special screening of
a documentary that chronicles an innovative solution for homelessness.
"Downtown Dawgs: The Road to the Homeless World Cup" (www.downtowndawgs.ca) is
the moving and provocative story of homeless men in Calgary who formed a
soccer team that participated in the 2006 Homeless World Cup in South Africa.
SVP partners and the public who attended the screening saw a moving,
provocative story that gave them a different insight into homelessness in
    Calgary Homeless Soccer Society is a newly formed non-profit society that
has successfully enabled young men to re-connect with family, deal with
addiction issues, find permanent employment, housing and get their lives back
on track.
    Calgary Youth Justice Society began in 1993 to facilitate community-based
alternatives to the justice system. In Calgary, there are 24 Youth Justice
Committees that serve over 140 communities. With the efforts of 350+
volunteers, over 800 youths are diverted from court and become the
responsibility of their community each year.
    The Mustard Seed is a humanitarian organization that responds
compassionately to the needs of the inner-city's less fortunate. All of its
many programs encourage the homeless in Calgary to be empowered to lead a
healthier, productive, stable and meaningful life.

    Social Venture Partners Calgary is a different kind of philanthropy model
that develops philanthropy and volunteerism. Partner members in Social Venture
Partners Calgary invest their money, expertise and access to resources to
generate positive social change. Partners donate an annual minimum of $5,000
for two years. Social Venture Partners Calgary has over 100 people directly
involved in bettering Calgary's charities. Since 2000, over $1 million has
been invested in the Calgary community.
    The Social Venture Partners concept was formed in Seattle and has
chapters throughout North America. Calgary is home to the first Social Venture
Partners in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Cammie Kaulback or Noelle
Bacalso, Co-Executive Directors, Social Venture Partners Calgary, (403)
266-5305; www.svpcalgary.org

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