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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 »

Not everyone who reaches “retirement age” is ready to retire, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ready to try something new. Here at SVP Portland, we’re immensely proud to host the Encore Fellows program. Encore Fellows are seasoned professionals retiring from successful careers who are interested in transitioning into nonprofit world. They are matched with projects at local nonprofits where their professional expertise helps local organizations fulfill their missions. Read More »

With over 10 years experience serving the Black community, BPI intimately understands that the burden of racism is highly problematic for the betterment of the families in our community. In order to best improve the lives of Portland’s Black and multi-ethnic children, BPI provides services including parent coaching, parent training, and education. Read More »

We have been lucky enough to secure partnerships with several Portland businesses and deepen others. These partnerships not only allow SVP to tap into the great minds of some of local businesses’ best, but they also give corporations access to all the benefits of being an SVP partner – from human resources to marketing and public relations expertise. Read More »

Featured Events

Happy Hour with the Black Parent Initiative

May 11 @ 5:30 pm

Join us for a Happy Hour with the Black Parent Initiative! Meet Executive Director Charles McGee and learn about BPI's past, present, and vision for the future. Read More »

Partnership “Town Hall” To Come in May

May 1

Join us for one of the town-hall style events that will feature discussions from executive leadership about the journey SVP Portland has made over the past years and where we are going as a Partnership. We want you, our Partners, to understand our priorities, investments, R4K goal, and commitment to advancing equity. Read More »