Why I Give to SVPAZ

Nov 22, 2016


The Armstrongs Present the Kiita Foundation Award at SVPAZ Fast Pitch.

My parents have been longtime philanthropists and as such, I was raised in a culture of giving and learned its benefits at a young age. However, it was through Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) that I found how to be intentional about my giving and how to apply my professional skills to the organizations we support. This model of engaged philanthropy is successful because we do three things really well:

  1. Connect and engage individuals, helping them make the greatest impact with their philanthropic giving.
  2. Fund and strengthen nonprofits, helping them take their vital work for kids and families to the next level.
  3. Invest in collaborative solutions, so those with a common cause can align their efforts and go farther, together.

We amplify impact.

Patrick & Amy

The Armstrongs have made SVPAZ a family affair with my parents, my wife, and my children all engaged and all involved. SVPAZ has become an extended family. We all love working with a motivated group to better leverage our contributions. As my wife Amy once said, “The positive impact and outcomes reach further into the community and provide lasting effects to not only the people served by the nonprofit, but also by the people who run the nonprofit. There are no words to describe the feeling of seeing other people succeed.” That is the true power of SVPAZ and why we continue to give, why we continue to serve and give time, and why we engage our entire family in the opportunities provided by this organization.

The Armstrong kiddos (two on left) at a SVPAZ Next Generation Partner event


If you are reading this as a current Partner, please realize that while we appreciate your continued support through Partnership dues, these dollars are not enough to truly strengthen the Valley and sustain our work. If you are a friend of SVPAZ, please know any dollar amount you give will make an impact. We are asking you to join us this #GivingTuesday to help SVPAZ reach a goal of $5,000 to further advance our community. Visit http://bit.ly/2fW7Afo to show your support.

Thank you for making a difference to SVPAZ and our community this season of giving.



Phoenix, AZ, USA. Copyright 2012 John Samora Photography All rights reserved. Images of members of the Canal Partners for collateral use. John Samora releases the usage of these images to Canal Partners for any usage it deems fit.

Copyright 2012 John Samora Photography

Patrick Armstrong is a Partner at Canal Partners, LLC. He and his wife Amy are long time SVPAZ Partners and recently, their two children joined the founding class of SVPAZ’s Next Generation Partner program. Patrick will take the helm of the SVPAZ Board Chair in 2017, in addition to the leadership he provides on several other boards and mentoring to several social entrepreneurs in the Valley.