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Strengthen Nonprofits

Supporting Portland’s Nonprofit Organizations.

Strengthening nonprofits is one of the ways we drive community impact. We do this by leveraging our Partnership’s resources and reputation with a nonprofit’s leadership team. Our focus is building the nonprofit’s capacity to achieve its goals by strengthening the organization’s infrastructure.

We offer two types of ‘Strengthening’ investments:

  • Multi-faceted investments in nonprofits that offer solutions to our Ready for Kindergarten goal
  • Focused, 1000-hour engagements of an Encore Fellow in a high priority project with impactful organizations of all stripes


Examples of the infrastructure areas in which we work include: leadership development, board governance, strategic planning, financial management, fund development, marketing & communications, and human resources.

Our engagements apply the tenets of venture philanthropy, meaning we strengthen operational capacity by investing:

  1. In a multi-year plan for organizational growth
  2. General operating grant and expertise (multi-faceted investments only)
  3. A high-engagement relationship
  4. An accountability-for-results process
  5. An exit strategy

Learn more about becoming an SVP nonprofit partner or Encore Fellows host.

See our current nonprofit partners here.