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SVP practices venture philanthropy, a business approach for social impact. We leverage contributions of money, professional expertise and influence from the private sector to grow the most promising solutions and leadership potential in the social sector. Working together, we make transformational change.

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    We are proud to welcome four new Directors to SVP Portland’s Board! The Board provides leadership for SVP’s mission to mobilize the time, money, and influence of our Partnership for investment in our community. Read on to find out why each Partner joined our Board.  Read More »

    Social Venture Partners Portland (SVP) continually seeks to understand how our investments create tangible change for families and communities who need them. One most recent example is IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization), which continues to grow its early childhood impact, in part due to a multi-year grant combined with SVP Partner expertise, most recently through a new investment of our human capital.  Read More »

    SVP Portland was founded similarly to many of our Community Partners—as a concept focused on making our community a better place for children and families. For nearly 20 years, we have practiced venture philanthropy: leveraging the money, skills, and influence of SVP Partners in local nonprofits and collaborations. Read on to hear directly from one of our founders about the beginning of SVP Portland.  Read More »

    This is the type of program that probably wouldn’t have happened without the work of a committed SVP Portland volunteer team able to bring organizations together to create a win-win-win program. Now more Albina Head Start families will be financially secure, which should mean that young children have a more stable family life.   Read More »

    With funding on the horizon from both the Student Success Act at the State level the Preschool for All initiative with Multnomah County, now is the time to build the Threads of Justice Collective’s capacity to meet the growing workforce development needs. ToJC’s programs are vital to building a robust, skilled early learning workforce. Read More »

    A Partner since 2014, Oscar Mayer is passionate about SVP Portland’s venture philanthropy model and our current focus on expanding access to early learning experiences. In this feature, Oscar discusses the role SVP’s Portfolio Management Team plays in overseeing our partnerships with Community Partners to ensure they are well-positioned to grow their early childhood programs. Read More »

    Featured Events

    SVP Portland Annual Holiday Party

    December 12 @ 5:00 pm

    Please join SVP Portland at Uncorked Studios for our annual holiday celebration! Marcelino Alvarez, CEO of Uncorked Studios, will provide a tour of their Creative Lab, where ideas are evolved into reality. Food and drinks provided by Partner hosts, Linda Weston and Stoller Wine Group. Read More »

    Workshop: Principles of SVP’s Model of Venture Philanthropy

    December 17 @ 11:00 am

    Traditional methods of philanthropy rely on distributing financial resources, typically targeted to specific programmatic objectives. SVP directly engages the expertise of the donor to build the operating capacity of nonprofits and generate a measurable and beneficial social impact. Read More »

    Community Partner Highlight Happy Hour: Latino Network

    January 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

    SVP Partners and Encore Fellows are invited to learn about our investment in Latino Network over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Come celebrate the impact of our six-year partnership, and learn what is in store for 2020! Read More »

    Community Partner Site Visit: CAIRO

    January 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am

    Join us on January 30th for a site visit with our Community Partner, the Center for African Immigrants & Refugees Organization (CAIRO). Their Preschool Promise program provides high-quality early learning experiences for African immigrant children, putting parents at ease about their children's transition to kindergarten. Read More »