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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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    It would be more than an understatement to say that 2020 has been a difficult year. Globally we’ve experienced the COVID-19 pandemic and the recession that quickly followed. Nationally, and acutely locally, we have seen demonstrations in response to racial injustice and political turmoil. And here at SVP Portland we were blindsided by unimaginable loss when Sarah left us too soon. While it would be easy to dwell on the negative, the holiday season now upon us presents a simple challenge: appreciate and give thanks. Read More »

    The Preschool for All victory is really a victory for partnership. SVP Portland has developed deeper and broader trust and relationships than we ever imagined in those first conversations nine years ago. Parents, grassroots advocates, and grasstop leaders partnered to develop comprehensive policy that encouraged going beyond what we thought was possible. In this newsletter, Lauren Johnson and Mark Holloway reflect on the long journey to this extraordinary victory. Read More »

    Child Care Shared Services Alliance Vision: A relationship-driven alliance of providers working together to support sustainable business practices, increase program profits, and protect/support provider well-being. Our ultimate goal is to save providers time so they can focus on meaningful relationships with teachers, children and families and earn a financially secure living doing the work they love. Read More »

    We are pleased to report that as a result of persistent efforts, resourcefulness, nimbleness, and an all-hands-on-deck attitude, we can look back on these last six months with enormous pride in what we accomplished. Our resilience and tenacity in the face of multiple challenges has left us optimistic about the future as well. Twenty-one new Partners have joined this year, and more than 80% are already engaged! Read More »

    The Portfolio Management Team just announced two new approved investments, and interestingly, these new MOUs are with one of our newest Community Partners and with our longest ongoing relationship. These two partnerships are great examples of how SVP works with community organizations throughout their life cycles. Read More »

    With more than half of 2020 behind us, we want to share an update with our Partnership on SVP Portland’s accomplishments, challenges, and impact so far this year. In the midst of the massive impact of the pandemic and a long overdue national awakening to the need for fighting systemic racism, we want to circle back to our 2019-2021 Strategic Vision and share progress toward our three Strategic Priorities. Read More »

    Featured Events

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 101

    November 18 @ 3:00 pm

    Nonprofits have staff and assist clients from diverse cultures, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and genders. After completing this workshop, you will be familiar with tools and techniques to navigate our client spaces in more racially conscious and culturally relevant ways. Read More »

    SVP Portland Partnership Panel

    December 2 @ 4:00 pm

    We invite all 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. Read More »

    New Partner Celebration & Networking Event

    December 9 @ 4:00 pm

    If you are a new Partner, please join and meet the rest of your classmates. If you are a long-time Partner, please join to meet the newbies and share your experiences. This will be a time to reflect on the amazing successes of the past year, share with each other why SVP matters, meet other Partners who care, and learn new ways to engage and network with fellow Partners. Read More »