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It starts with one person. One person joins many people. Together they will help build communities able to solve our most entrenched problems.

That’s Social Venture Partners. A global network of local partners aligning passion and purpose.

SVP practices venture philanthropy, a business approach for social impact. As such, we invest financial, human, and social capital to solve community problems. We partner across sectors to support sustainable, community-driven solutions. We connect people and organizations striving to change the world together.

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David brings confidence and depth of expertise to any project, while remaining humble and thoughtful. He pushes towards action and always follows through. It’s amazing how much he’s done during his time with the partnership. Read More »

Deb Mrazek has been working with SVP for two years as an Encore Fellow, and we are immensely grateful for her work. She has been deeply involved in integrating design and systems-thinking approaches into SVP. Deb has been invaluable in helping to map out the complexity of the Ready For Kindergarten “ecosystem,” and the build-out of SVP’s emerging strategic initiative focused on significantly increasing access to quality Pre-K. Read More »

Last week we had the privilege of attending Dr. Larry Sherman’s lecture, “Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice”. He explained that we have evolved to make quick judgements based on visual information. These judgements aren’t based on reason or experience, they’re based on instinct. It sounds bad, but we can use what we know about prejudice and the brain to develop methods to combat prejudice and racism. Read More »

We’re incredibly pleased to announce our new partnership with the Early Childhood Funders Learning Circle (ECFLC) and their program, the Early Childhood Workforce Development Initiative. We’ve undertaken a 3-year investment of $75,000 ($25,000/year) in order to ensure that there are an adequate number of Master Trainers from communities of color, linguistically diverse communities, and rural Oregon. Read More »

Featured Events

Children’s Book Bank: Tell Me A Story

June 1 @ 6:00 pm

The Children's Book Bank presents our benefit event of the year Tell Me a Story, a storytelling evening for grownups featuring bestselling author, Mockingbird comic creator, and former Oregonian columnist Chelsea Cain. Hear Chelsea and seasoned storytellers such as B. Frayn Masters, creator and host of the Back Fence PDX live storytelling series, tell funny, poignant, personal tales based on the prompt "a book that changed my life!" Read More »

Lunch and Learn with ELSA

June 14 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for lunch with the Early Literacy Success Alliance (ELSA), on June 14, 2017. Learn about ELSA and SVP’s partnership to advocate for policy change, focused on advancing early literacy from a panel of experts. ELSA was formed to bring together nonprofit providers with missions related to early literacy in order to achieve deeper impact through coordination and cooperation. Read More »