San Diego Social Venture Partners (SDSVP) is a chapter of Social Venture Partners International, a network of engaged philanthropists who give of their time and business expertise to build more effective nonprofit organizations throughout North America and Tokyo.
SDSVP will collaborate with its Tokyo affiliate to ensure donations collected here are distributed to organizations taking a lead role in helping Japan's people and towns rebuild.
Weekend reports say the death toll from Japan's massive earthquake and the resulting tsunami could top 1,800 and entire cities have been destroyed.
There is also growing concern about potential danger from a damaged nuclear plant.
The Social Venture Partners team on the ground in Tokyo reports that the public railway system is rapidly recovering, though the full impact in the area closest to the quake is still unclear.
People are helping each other, though there is concern over the impact of repeated exposure to video of the devastation, especially on children. Efforts to calm the situation, involving many non-government/non-profit organizations, are underway.
Social Venture Partners unique leveraged model of giving time and expertise alongside money means donations sent through San Diego Social Venture Partners to Tokyo have the potential to be worth many times the dollar amount contributed.
In San Diego last year, donations made through San Diego Social Venture Partners were valued at a leverage of 11 to 1.
Peggy Kidd continues "One of the concerns people have when donating overseas is their ability to monitor the effectiveness of the organizations they give to.
Our Partners in Tokyo know the community, and will make sure monies are used where they're most needed."
To donate to Tokyo earthquake relief through San Diego Social Venture Partners or to learn more about the organization, visit http://www.sdsvp.org/.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS (SDSVP)
Established in 2001, San Diego Social Venture Partners is a nonprofit organization of professionals who invest time and money in innovative nonprofits in San Diego County while becoming more educated and involved givers. Recent Investees include A Reason to Survive, Audeo Charter School, ElderHelp of San Diego, Reality Changers and the Tariq Khamisa Foundation. To learn more about SDSVP, call (858) 724-6065 or visit http://www.sdsvp.org/.