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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.

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    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 »

    Last month, in the wake of the mass shooting in the Asian Community of Atlanta, SVP Portland joined Oregon Asian Pacific Islander (API) Leaders in solidarity against Asian hate. The SVP team encourages you to read the full letter as part of our journey to continuously learn about racism and to support our collective work toward becoming an anti-racist organization. Read More »

    On February 3rd, we held our Annual Partnership Meeting to kick off the year. Twenty-two Partners joined the informational session and Q&A via Zoom to celebrate the accomplishments of 2020 and hear about how we plan to build upon that momentum in 2021. As we celebrate 20 years of SVP Portland, we are excited and proud of our cumulative impact and evolution since our founding. Read More »

    “High-quality pre-K has been linked, long-term, to less crime and fewer prisoners. The CPC [Child-Parent Centers] program has served over 100,000 three- and four-year-olds since 1967. Researchers followed a sample of participants up until age 28, and found that children who did not participate were 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime by age 18. By age 24, the people served by the CPC were 20 percent less likely to have served time in a jail or prison.” Read More »

    In spite of the numerous hurdles presented to us in 2020, our Partnership met the challenges and delivered some record-breaking numbers. More volunteer hours than ever before. More leveraged dollars than ever before. It was an extraordinary year of impact and growth. We look back on 2020 with many mixed emotions: gratitude, anger, inspiration, grief, compassion. In the spirit of resilience and hope we look forward to continuing our journey together, as a partnership of changemakers, in 2021. Read More »

    "I was very attracted to the combination of contributing both financially and with personal service. I was raised to believe that financial giving is not enough -- you should contribute both time and money, if you can. So, the SVP venture philanthropy model really fits with my core values." Read More »

    Featured Events

    20th Anniversary Series: SVP Beginnings and Transformative Change

    April 14 @ 5:00 pm

    The public is welcome to join this Zoom event featuring SVP Founder Paul Shoemaker, author of Taking Charge of Change, and SVP Portland Board Director Charlie Gilkey, author of Start Finishing. Today’s societal challenges need bold new solutions. SVP’s unique model of engaged philanthropy is leading the way to make a difference in our communities. Please join this interactive conversation to learn about SVP’s beginnings, and the leaders and strategies that are rebuilding more equitable communities for tomorrow. Read More »

    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Nonprofit Culture 101

    May 6 @ 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 »

    SVP Portland Partnership Panel

    May 20 @ 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 »