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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.
Over the two-year time project, both Jumpstart participants built critical fundraising capacity which translated to significant revenue growth for their organizations. By the end of the program, their final year-two gains each represented more than a 50% increase from their revenue totals in the year prior to beginning Jumpstart. Read More »
"At SVP, Investor Partners work hand-in-hand with nonprofit leaders to build the organizational capacity of our Community Partners. SVP staff members asked us to take this to the next level. This next level is about becoming a "thought partner" rather than being the expert. To achieve this goal we took a “Partners training Partners” approach, building the capacity in our Lead Partners so they could be more powerful at helping nonprofit leaders -- a virtuous loop." Read More »
With the funds secured, now what? As the county began to staff up and put the structures in place called for by the project design, it became clear that the P4A initiative was seen by many outside the county and the state as something worthy of emulation. Laudatory newspaper articles notwithstanding, even from the New York Times, what to tell other jurisdictions when they called? Read More »
The April 20th guilty verdict in the Derrick Chauvin trial was momentous. And while we are relieved by that outcome, we recognize the verdict in and of itself does not signal systemic change. If we are to dismantle systems of oppression and white supremacy in our society, much deeper transformation is needed. 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 »
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 »
June 10 @ 5:00 pm
Please join us for this public event to meet our first Community Partner: Morrison Child & Family Services. You will learn about SVP’s unique engaged-philanthropy model and hear about SVP’s first strategic community partnership. Speakers will include Drew Henrie-McWilliams and Jay Bloom, the current and former Executive Directors at Morrison Child & Family Services, who will share how this partnership helped shape the future of their organization. Read More »
July 21 @ 5:00 pm
This event is limited to current SVP Partners and Encore Fellows. Please join us to celebrate 20 amazing years of engaged philanthropy at SVP Portland. Stoller Winery will be hosting this fun event and leading us through a virtual wine tasting. We will celebrate and reminisce about 20 years of community impact, and announce the Sarah Cohen-Doherty Award, celebrating someone who exemplifies the qualities that made Sarah so special. Read More »