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SVP Portland brings professionals and organizations together in partnership to address community challenges. As venture philanthropists, we mobilize talent, money, and influence for investment in nonprofits and collaborations. Our current goal is to ensure that all children—regardless of ethnicity, wealth, religion, gender, or zip code—have access to high-quality, culturally-relevant early learning experiences.
Our partnership with the Alliance for Equity in Montessori Education (AEME) will include a $15k general operating grant and Partner time. AEME appreciates SVP's general operating grant (rather than restricted) so that it can use the financial resources to invest in key aspects of running the organization well, such as DEI training, fundraising & grant writing, and staffing for community/parent engagement. Partners will work with AEME to achieve its vision by assisting with developing a strategy timeline, board governance, business model & financing, operational policies, and marketing. Read More »
Earlier this year, SVP International solicited “Stories of Change” from affiliates as an opportunity to celebrate the collective accomplishments of our global network and amplify SVP’s commitment to achieve greater equity and systemic change. SVPI chose to feature SVP Portland’s story about the changing role of philanthropy from transactional to transformational partnerships. Executive Director Lauren Johnson explained, “This is a time for philanthropy to really step up and be courageous about doing things differently - we need to think long term, shift power, address root issues, and co-create solutions with community.” Read More »
At the May SVP Portland Board of Directors’ meeting, staff presented an opportunity to support the newly-formed Washington County Preschool for All effort. Given our early, deep, and long-time work to make Preschool for All a reality in Multnomah County, we were asked to join the Washington County effort. Just as in Multnomah County, all young children in Washington County deserve positive early learning experiences that help them develop cognitive and social-emotional skills and prepare them for kindergarten. Read More »
Recently, the Portfolio Management Team (PMT) considered how we can work to maximize opportunities to leverage our social capital in a way that is equitable in opportunity and can benefit all of our Community Partners. While we often focus our attention on contributions of Partner money and time, the Partnership has valuable yet underutilized social capital and influence that can have an equally profound impact when leveraged in support of our Community Partners. Read More »
The year 2010 was a significant turning point for SVP Portland. While the organization had been ‘doing good’ since its founding, then Executive Director Mark Holloway shared “I had a feeling in my gut we could be doing so much more.” Partner Larry Fox then described SVP’s community impact as “failing broadly, one success at a time.” It was time for a change. Read More »
To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we bring you a series on the history of SVP Portland. This is part one, which starts at the very beginning. The SVP model found especially fertile ground with tech entrepreneurs. It’s no surprise then that Eli Lamb, who had recently retired from Intel Oregon, found his way to an SVP Seattle meeting and learned about their unique model for giving not just financially, but also with time and expertise. Read More »
August 2 @ 5:00 pm
We invite prospective Partners in addition to current SVP Partners and Encore Fellows to join us for an overview of the SVP Partnership, a holistic view of our Community Partners, and ways to engage with SVP. Partners Larry Fox and Kelly Starkey will share their stories of how SVP operates and inspires. Whether you are a prospective or long-time Partner or Encore Fellow, you will come away learning something new and how to become a more effective philanthropist. Read More »
August 12 @ 3:00 pm
This training is for current SVP Partners and Encore Fellows. SVP Portland is committed to a learning culture and creating more equitable outcomes in our community. As a Partner, you have the opportunity to engage with nonprofits who partner with us in this mission, and who represent diverse perspectives and cultures, and ethnic and racial backgrounds. After completing this workshop, you will learn essential soft skills to engage in the nonprofit sector, and inclusively work in our Community Partner spaces with racial consciousness and cultural relevance. Read More »
August 25 @ 5:00 pm
Please join us for this public event to meet one of SVP’s amazing former Community Partners: the Native American Youth and Family Center. You will learn about SVP’s unique engaged philanthropy model and hear about SVP Portland’s five-year capacity-building partnership to help grow NAYA’s organization and early childhood programs. Read More »