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It starts with one person ready to engage in the hard work of change. That one person joins many people. Many people stand shoulder-to-shoulder with local nonprofits, taking their vital work – for kids, for families, for schools – to the next level. Together they help build communities able to solve our most entrenched problems.

Working with community partners, we make deep and lasting impact through the practice of venture philanthropy, investing in nonprofits and collaborations that contribute to the Ready for Kindergarten goal. We offer two types of investments: those that strengthen nonprofits and those that catalyze system innovation. Mimicking the venture capital model in the social sector, we make grants, share expertise that strengthens our community partners, and bring networks of support and attention to their efforts.

To date, we have invested $2.82 million in Portland metro nonprofits and collaborations. In one investment alone we invested $171,000 over seven years and the nonprofit has returned more than $330 million to Oregon’s low income citizens.

In addition to dollars, we invest the talent of our Partners and we match seasoned professionals for fellowships with nonprofits through our Encore Fellows Program. In 2015 alone, our Partners gave 4,636 skilled volunteer hours to our Investees, and Encore Fellows completed 25,200 talent hours with their nonprofit hosts.

Be a part of our impact. Join our partnership!