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Our Partnership has invested $1 million in cash, volunteered $2.2 million worth of expertise, and brought along $7.8 million in additional revenue to 18 Ready for Kindergarten nonprofits. Many are serving ten times as many kids as they were before our investment. What’s more, we have become partners in busting through the structural barriers facing their kids and families.
That brings us to this moment. We saw a barrier and we’re storming to break it down. Quality preschool is a clear game-changer for kids living in poverty, yet 85% of these kids in Portland don’t have access. By using our strengths in developing strategy, creating momentum from inertia, and bringing people from the private, public and nonprofit sectors into partnership, we developed a swing-for-the-fences effort to provide preschool for these 85% of kids left out of preschool.
Social Venture Partners is proud to announce our most recent investment in the Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization (CAIRO)! CAIRO’s focuses on breaking down the barriers to success for Portland’s African immigrant children and families, including preschool programming that prepares their children for success on their first day of kindergarten and beyond. This investment will primarily tap into SVP Partner expertise to clarify and build CAIRO’s organizational strategy and leadership. Read More »
Unfortunately, while more than 7,000 children in Multnomah County qualify for public preschool programs, only four out of 10 get the chance to attend, due to limited space and funding. For a community, that bodes a dismal future. For the children, it’s a tragedy of lost potential and repeats the cycle of poverty. Read More »
As we move into the last quarter of the year, exciting things are happening in our early childhood community! Read on to find out more and join our movement see these advances add up to lasting change in our Make a Bigger Difference Campaign! Read More »
As kids head back to class and we approach the end of the year, we are excited to bestow October’s Partner of the Month on Teresa Gonczy O’Rourke. An early childhood specialist, Teresa has not only brought her expertise to SVP’s Community Partners (aka “Investees”), she and her husband are expecting their own little early childhood project due this winter! Read More »
For his Encore Fellowship, Marvin is privileged to partner with Portland based Music Workshop, a nonprofit who creates and provides free of charge online music education to K-8th graders. As the Financial Strategist, his role is to work with Amy Richter to expand Music Workshop’s base of financial support and long-term fiscal sustainability by developing an array of corporate and foundation partnerships. Read More »
October 23 @ 12:00 pm
We keep things moving at SVP--always the adaptive leaders working to bust through the barriers that deter the success of Portland's underserved children. Catch up on the state and strategies of SVP over lunch with SVP CEO, Mark Holloway. This month, Mark will be sharing and discussing the organization's three-year strategic plan plotting course to secure preschool for every child in Portland. Read More »
October 24 @ 5:30 pm
We are thrilled to introduce: Terry St. Marie, SVP Board Chairman, Co-founder of Built Oregon (an organization that believes the support and growth of Oregon’s consumer product industries will create sustainable, inclusive, and innovative job growth), and COO of Tender Loving Empire (a record label and a group of retail stores which are a marketplace for handmade goods that support the work of local artists). Read More »
November 8 @ 5:30 pm
Join us for happy hour on November 8th to meet other Partners engaged in the Preschool for All effort, hear about the early progress made by the Task Force, and learn how being part of this initiative ties into SVP’s overall strategic vision. Read More »
December 12 @ 6:00 pm
It's that time of year again, and we are so excited to join together and celebrate the holidays with our SVP friends and family! Our gracious hosts, Mark Holloway and David Kahl, cordially invite you to their home to share good tidings and celebrate our successes alongside the many Partners who make SVP so incredibly special. Read More »