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Courage for 2017

Posted by markholloway

Dear Partners, I wrote you a couple of months ago about how we must be “people with hope to bring.” We are people who believe in the possibility of change and actively build pathways and invest deeply to make it happen. Especially today, we are reminded that we stand on the shoulders of trailblazers like […] Read More »

Thoughts from the C.E.O.

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Dear Partners, Social Venture Partners has never been politically partisan and this message, while expressly reacting to a national election, is not about politics per se. It’s about who we are as a Partnership against the backdrop of our society. No matter your politics or your candidate of choice—if you are celebrating or sobbing this […] Read More »

Shining a Light On A World-Wide Network Of Philanthropists Making A Difference

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By Terry St. Marie, SVP Portland Partner and Board Member Recently I attended the SVP 2016 Global Conference in Los Angeles, from October 20-22 It was three days of fellowship, great learning, inspiration, and a lot of fun too. As humans we have an internal compass that yearns to be a part of something bigger […] Read More »

Learner-Centered Early Childhood Education

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Research conducted over the last several decades has demonstrated conclusively that early experiences have a powerful impact on the development of the brain and on the course of later life. As Barbara Bowman and her colleagues wrote in Eager to Learn, “Children come into the world eager to learn. The first five years of life […] Read More »

Board Strategy Retreat 2016

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Last week our Board met for their annual strategy retreat, reviewed our progress and current state of health, and approved the further development of two new initiatives that will advance our core strategic objectives and progress toward the Ready for Kindergarten goal. The two are an Impact Investing Task Force and a public-private partnership creating […] Read More »

Encore Fellows Program Seeks Work Hosts for 288 Intel Retirees!

Posted by simonewren

As a result of Intel’s promoting the Encore Fellows Program to its recent retirees, SVP Portland has experienced a veritable gray tsunami of professionals seeking encore experiences doing social purpose work. Of the 288 who applied by the June 24 deadline and whose stipends and fees will be paid by Intel, the EF Program Team at […] Read More »

Special Thanks from The Children’s Book Bank

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Jamie Ofstad, the Development Manager at The Children’s Book Bank, wrote us a special thank you for books that were donated to the organization from SVP Portland. We are grateful to have been able to provide new books to the children and partner with such a great local nonprofit. Please see her kind words below. “Thank […] Read More »