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  • Celebrating two decades of history and community involvement

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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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  • What We're Talking About

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    SVP Portland began our partnership with Adelante Mujeres in 2012 to help them realize their goals, including strategic planning, which ultimately led to the desired organizational growth. Adelante Mujeres served nearly 3,000 people and had eight programs in 2012. Today they serve more than 10,000 people and have ten thriving programs, including an Early Childhood Education Program. Read More »

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    Like SVP Portland, SVP Los Angeles has focused on having a deep and lasting impact through investments in nonprofit organizations and community initiatives. Last week, SVP Los Angeles renamed their organization to Social Justice Partners Los Angeles (SJPLA) to better reflect their purpose: to connect people creating systems of care and community for the well-being and liberation of all Angelenos. Read More »

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    As a part of our commitment to advance our goal of being more diverse, inclusive, and equitable, we recently sought to hear directly from our Community Partners about how we can be more effective collaborators. We also wanted to learn how they experience SVP, particularly around decision making, power sharing, and relationships with communities of color. Encore Fellow Kaye Gardner-O’Kearny conducted deep-dive interviews with our Community Partners and solicited feedback from an anonymous survey before drafting a report. Read More »

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    On Thursday, October 14 former SVP Portland Community Partner Children’s Book Bank (CBB) announced their merger with SMART Reading. This unification will allow both organizations to have a collective impact that is greater than the sum of its parts. Their missions are already aligned -- they both aim to advance child literacy and allow Oregon children greater access to books -- and together there is huge potential to expand their reach throughout Oregon. Read More »

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    "The Afghan exodus is a time-critical, humanitarian crisis and SVP Partners, at our best, are responsive to community needs and thoughtful about where best to invest our resources. In this case, giving to a Community Partner who is at the center of this effort is an easy, clear choice." SVP Partner Mark Holloway shares about a community need being addressed by our Community Partner, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) -- and how you can help. Partners play an important role in supporting Community Partner fundraising efforts through direct giving along with collective fundraising through their networks. Read More »

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    SVP Portland was recently featured in a Philanthropy Together article on Giving Compass, “Hungry to Learn, Hungry to Transform: Advocating for Universal Early Education with SVP Portland,” highlighting how we deftly pivoted from a broad investment approach to focusing on the community goal of equitable preschool access. Read More »

    Featured Events

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    Partner Meeting: SVP Portland’s Equity Journey Updates

    December 8 @ 5:00 pm

    All Partners and Encore Fellows are invited to join us for an update on SVP Portland's ongoing equity journey and to take part in a facilitated discussion about inclusion. The Equity Team will share our experience working toward SVP's dual commitments of community inclusion and anti-racism and how that will influence SVP's organizational structure, culture, programs, and operations. The second half of this meeting will be facilitated by Partners Tobias Sherwood and Melinda Gross, where we will explore what inclusion is and isn’t. This framework can help participants build stronger relationships, and deepen their impact with engagements at SVP and beyond. Read More »

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    Learnings from Community Partners

    December 15 @ 11:00 am

    Please join us for a presentation and conversation about what we learned from Community Partner feedback through recent deep-dive interviews as well as an anonymous survey. As SVP Portland continues to move toward our goal of being more diverse, inclusive, and equitable we sought to hear directly from our nonprofit partners how we could be more effective as a collaborator, and how they experience SVP, particularly around decision making, power sharing, and relationships with communities of color. This presentation will be given by Kaye Gardner-O’Kearny, an Encore Fellow who conducted the interviews and drafted the report, and SVP Executive Director Lauren Johnson. It will be followed by a Q & A. We are excited to discuss findings and implications for SVP with you! Read More »

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    Coaching Community of Practice

    December 16 @ 12:00 pm

    Partners and Encore Fellows are invited to join us for an interactive and skill-enhancing Coaching Practice Community. Facilitated by our Partner coaches, this is an opportunity to revisit and try on coaching skills in a safe space and learn from each other. This live practice builds confidence as you bring these tools to your SVP relationships and beyond. All skill levels are welcome. Please come prepared to coach and be coached with your fellow Partners! Read More »