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April 2018

SVP Global Summit 2018

April 26 - April 28

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Join us in April for our movement’s most powerful global event, where we will gather to share emerging best practices, examine smarter approaches, and connect around SVP’s next, collective great step. No other event in 2018 will offer you a better chance to expand your knowledge, contribute your expertise, connect with — and grow — the world’s largest engaged philanthropic network.

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May 2018

SVP Partnership Town Hall & Potluck: What’s Up at SVP?

May 4 - May 29


May 16 – Hosted by Terry St. Marie in Downtown Portland
May 29 – Hosted by Valerie Ilsley and Bruce Murray in Laurelhurst

All at 6:00-8:30 pm

With spring sprung, and changes afoot at SVP, there’s no time like the present to gather up our Partners for an evening of fellowship, food and filling in on the stories of impact and challenge we are facing. And to hear what’s on your mind. And to connect with one another!

As a special treat, we hope to introduce our new Vice President of Operations & Finance, who will be joining our team in May. (We haven’t actually hired him/her/them yet so how’s that for confident!)

Join us for one or more of these potluck sessions for great conversation about the difference we are making in Portland.

Interested in joining? RSVP here

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First Friday “Let’s Talk Equity” Conference Call

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Spend an hour with fellow Partners discussing a rich article or story focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. Read the article, join the video/phone call, and engage in discussion. Easy!

The article we’ll discuss in May is “Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter”

ZOOM video/call information:


+1 669 900 6833
+1 929 436 2866

(Toll-free numbers not included in my plan)

No RSVP is necessary but if you want to let us know you’re joining us and get a reminder, RSVP to RSVP@svpportland.org


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“Chew on This” Happy Hour with Miriam Calderon

May 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Hosted by Stephanie Feeney and Donald Mickey (in SW Portland)

Interested in learning more about the state of early childhood education in Oregon? Join us for an intimate gathering at the home of SVP Partner Stephanie Feeney for drinks, appetizers and a casual living room chat with Oregon’s Early Learning System Director, Miriam Calderon.

An expert in the space, she has served as the Senior Director of Early Learning at the Bainum Family Foundation, shaping $10 million dollar investment in a birth to three system for the District of Columbia; acted as senior fellow with the BUILD Initiative, leading BUILD’s work related to dual language learners, and serving as a faculty member for their Equity Leaders Action Network; and served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration, advising on early learning policy at the Domestic Policy Council at the White House and at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Wanna join? R.S.V.P. here.

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Partner-Hosted Happy Hour

May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Hosted by Partner Alex Nelson of Impact Capital Management LLC

Social Venture Partners Portland has the most interesting, entrepreneurial philanthropists in the world. We are thrilled to introduce one of them, Alex Nelson, who through his company PDX Impact Small Business Loan Fund creates opportunities for investors to impact their local communities by investing in under-served entrepreneurs and businesses that create local jobs. He’s also a brilliant musician and avid soccer fan. Join us and connect with Partners like him!

Snacks and libations will be served, compliments of PDX Impact. A 10-minute program featuring Alex, PDX Impact and SVP will begin at 6:15pm.

Wanna join? RSVP here.

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June 2018

Partner-hosted Happy Hour

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Hosted by Holly and Zach Levow of Foundation

Social Venture Partners Portland has the most interesting, entrepreneurial philanthropists in the world. See where one of them, Holly Levow leverages her chic clothing store, Foundation PDX, to impact change in the social sector. By marrying fashion and philanthropy, Foundation aims to champion a wide variety of social movements in need of support (with 100% of the store’s profits benefiting a new charity organization quarterly).

Join us for apps, libations and fabulous company compliments of Foundation. A 10-minute program featuring Holly, Foundation and SVP will begin at 6:15pm.

Wanna join? RSVP here.

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Inspiration & Innovation Night: The New Faces of Education in Oregon

June 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Miriam and Guadalupe

With 52% of Multnomah County children at risk of failure on their earliest days of kindergarten, Oregon high school graduation rates still at 48th in the nation, and unequal outcomes for children of color across the board, effective strategies and collective efforts are essential for change.

Join us for a cross-sector armchair conversation with Oregon Early Learning Director, Miriam Calderon, and Portland Public Schools Superintendent, Guadalupe Guerrero. Hear about the latest research, actions, opportunities, and threats to improving education outcomes in Oregon and join a moderated conversation with attendees.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks prior to and following the program. Program runs 6:30-7:30pm.

Venue and RSVP link coming soon.

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SVP CEO Lunch Date

June 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Have questions? Wanting to catch up on the state of the SVP Partnership? As adaptive leaders, we constantly experience change at SVP Portland. Investor Partners (and prospective Investor Partners) are invited to connect each month with SVP CEO, Mark Holloway, who will be available to share the latest and discuss all things SVP! Bring your thoughts, ideas, questions and interested friends/colleagues for a casual gathering of connected SVP supporters.

Lunch will be available for purchase.

Kindly RSVP to kayla@svpportland.org if you plan to attend and we’ll plan to save you a seat!

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Lunch & Learn…about Our Investment Impact Evaluation

June 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

  Become an SVP Partner.

As Partners, you create the impact in our community. Join us to learn about how that’s going–what we have learned from a year-long exploration through the Project Impact Funders’ Cohort. You will hear about findings, implications, and how we build on the lessons to widen and deepen our

Lunch will be hosted by SVP Partner Jock Kimberley.

Limited to 10 guests so RSVP here as soon as possible.

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