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Featured Fellow: Doss Struse

Posted by Sagarika Ravishankar

Doss came to us from a brilliant and diverse career, starting with directing market research departments at several large consumer packaged goods companies (Oscar Mayer, Carnation, and General Mills) during the first half of his career, then transitioning to marketing and general management for several information and research companies. Since retiring in 2015, Doss sought a way to use his knowledge and experience to contribute to the vitality of the community. Read More »

Lead Partner Perspective: Jane Williams Grube, IRCO

Posted by Sagarika Ravishankar

"IRCO is a remarkable organization. Founded by refugees, it’s been serving the immigrant and refugee community for over 40 years. Its growth over that period has been amazing but one value remains constant: it remains community driven." —Jane Williams Grube Read More »

SVP Portland + SVPI: The Learning Lab

Posted by Sagarika Ravishankar

From October 20–21, SVP Portland engaged social venture partners from near and far to attend a two-day Learning Lab, co-hosted by SVP International (SVPI). The event was a deep-dive learning experience based on SVP Portland’s quest to achieve greater community impact. Read More »

Talking About Privilege: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by Sagarika Ravishankar

The children that we seek to serve often enter the public education system at a disadvantage—their starting lines set significantly behind their more privileged peers. This holiday season, we encourage you to not only understand and address your own privilege, but to bring the conversation home with you. Read More »

Encore Fellows Hosts 50+ Foundation

Posted by Sagarika Ravishankar

On On November 13, at the request of Encore.org, SVP hosted a delegation from the Seoul 50 Plus Foundation. They sought to exchange information about the 50+ generation’s participation in the voluntary sector and about intergenerational programs for encore careers. Read More »

Partner of the Month: Erin Stevanus

Posted by Sagarika Ravishankar

Erin Stevanus has been hitting the ground running with the Growing Master Trainers program since we made our 3-year $75,000 investment in them in May of 2017. She is a shining example of our Values and Behaviors, and we’re lucky to have her. Read More »

Kairos: What’s happened, and what’s ahead?

Posted by Sagarika Ravishankar

KairosPDX is an education-focused non-profit attacking Portland’s persistent achievement and opportunity gaps. The Kairos program model presents the opportunity to close these gaps and serve as a beacon for policymakers and educators across the State of Oregon and beyond. Having started with only a charter and willpower to build a high-quality, trauma-informed school, Kairos now educates over 80 children across four grades and is on a path to serve 225 children per year over the next three years. Read More »