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This is our moment to make the biggest difference yet and finish what we’ve started!

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.

In whatever way you are able to stretch, please join us in blasting through that barrier once and for all. Our 16,000 deserving children need you!        Get Involved       Donate Today

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    The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) is at the heart of Portland’s Native American community, comprised of more than 40,000 Native American/Alaska Native people. As SVP and NAYA wrap up our five-year partnership, both organizations can look back and reflect on the mutual growth experienced as a result. Read More »

    We are ushering in November by shining a spotlight on our Partner of the Month, Chris Nelson! Co-founder of Capstone Partners, Chris has developed some landmark real estate projects that have influenced neighborhood revival and livability. He brings the same passion to his philanthropic endeavors, through SVP and other community organizations. 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 »

    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 »

    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 »

    Featured Events

    CEO Lunch Date

    November 27 @ 12:00 pm

    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 »

    Book Signing: A is for Aloha

    December 2 @ 12:00 pm

    Stephanie will be signing copies of A is for Aloha at the Oregon Historical Society's Holiday Cheer on December 2nd. Join her and other local authors from 12–4 p.m. and take home a personally signed book for the perfect holiday gift. The event is free and open to the public. Read More »

    Do More with Your Money: Financial Planning & Philanthropy Workshop

    December 5 @ 5:30 pm

    Do you want to make the most “good” with your money? Sometimes you can make 1+1 = more than just 2, especially when it comes to giving. Join our workshop to learn how to leverage your financial resources to give back to the community through financial planning. Read More »

    SVP Holiday Party

    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 »