Other Communities We're In:

SVP International

Start Your Philanthropy Journey Here

Are you a professional in your 20s or 30s with a desire to make a big impact in the community?

Rising Leaders for Social Good is a one-year program for motivated young professionals, from all sectors, who are seeking to use their strengths and deepen their philanthropic involvement for positive change in our community. Through education, building relationships, and engaging with SVP, Rising Leaders participants increase their awareness, belief, and intention to engage in the social sector.

Rising Leaders attend learning days each month to explore relevant topics such as the history and evolution of philanthropy, the crossover between nonprofits and for-profits, boardsmanship, and cultural humility. See the details here.

For the program year, participants are designated as SVP Investor Partners and can immerse themselves in the SVP community. Rising Leaders also commit to a talent-based volunteer project with SVP that will use their skills to make a social impact. A financial contribution of $2,500 is required. Scholarships are available so please inquire!

We are now accepting applications and nominations for the 2018 Rising Leaders cohort. Please include the following items in your application, and send them to info@svpportland.org:

Application Requirements:

  1. Statement of Interest (500 words) highlighting:
  • Personal and professional background
  • Interest in and commitment to philanthropy
  • Goals for community leadership
  • Scholarship request, if applicable
  1. Professional resume
  2. Two letters of reference


If you know a young professional who should be a Rising Leader, nominate them here.

Support the future of philanthropy in Portland: donate to our Rising Leader scholarship fund.

Katie Ludgate

How do you spend your days? I spend my weekdays managing a near-peer mentoring program for a federal grant housed [...] Read More »

Alex Lebow

How do you spend your days? I like most days to start with a jog, cup of tea, and hard copy of the newspaper. My [...] Read More »

Hannah Cohen-Cline

How do you spend your days? I am a research scientist at Providence, as part of an independent public health [...] Read More »

Stephen Krancari

How do you spend your days?  Because I have recently relocated to Portland, I commit significant hours to job [...] Read More »

Santos Herrera

How do you spend your days? I am the Manager of School Based Programs at Latino Network. My main focus is to [...] Read More »

Renzo Meza

How do you spend your days? When I’m not at work, I spend a healthy chunk of time at the gym or hiking one of [...] Read More »

Noah Stolmaker

How do you spend your days? Weekdays are spent in my home office, where I run my web and mobile app development [...] Read More »

Meg Janssen

How do you spend your days? I spend my Mondays-through-Fridays as a marketing manager for Nike’s Global Retail [...] Read More »

Lindsay Reynolds

How do you spend your days? I am a labor and employment attorney at Tonkon Torp LLP.  I spend my days advising [...] Read More »

Jessica Bowersox

How do you spend your days? I spend my week days as the Communications Director at SMART (Start Making A Reader [...] Read More »

Jessica Black

How do you spend your days? I spend my days working at Mac’s List, managing day-to-day operations by providing [...] Read More »

Jackie Giordano

How do you spend your days?  I like to think of myself as a connector – from simply connecting people to people [...] Read More »

Annie Klug

How do you spend your days? I work in corporate social responsibility for the Portland Trail Blazers, which [...] Read More »

Abigail Hazlett

How do you spend your days? I am a Sr. Data Analyst with the software company Alteryx. My role is to help our [...] Read More »