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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.
After more than a decade as Executive Director, Carmen Rubio departed Latino Network to become Portland’s first Latinx city commissioner. After an extensive national and statewide search process, the Latino Network Board of Directors announced as successor Tony DeFalco. Read More »
2020 was a year like no other. Despite all the chaos, challenges, and changes, the SVP Portland Partnership has thrived. We both collaborated for tremendous community impact, while simultaneously building internal strength. As is our custom, we asked Partners for their feedback through our Annual Partner Survey. Thirty-eight Partners shared their “why SVP?”, thoughts about their engagement, offered opinions about our communications, and highlighted their most meaningful and proud SVP moments. Read More »
January 26 would mark Sarah’s 39th birthday, so we would like to take a moment to honor Sarah, the bright light that she shared with SVP Portland, and tell you how you can help us sustain her legacy. As we all know, Sarah was a shining smile of determination and hope; one always had her undivided attention and support. And she was both connector and maven. Read More »
On November 19th, our Portfolio Management Team approved a partnership proposal that was collaboratively developed by an SVP Investment Team and Hacienda Community Development Corporation (Hacienda CDC), making the organization our 12th Community Partner this year. Read More »
On the path of equity and anti-racism, I am happy to report that SVP Portland is deeply engaged in advancing self-work. Building on commitment at the Board and staff levels, our Partnership formed an Equity Team (E-Team) and under facilitation by the Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI) embarked on four afternoons of intact training. The extended team gained an understanding of racism’s cultural and institutional frameworks, critically reflected on assumptions of white privilege, and enthusiastically dove into media coverage of the socio-political landscape. We have committed our feet to move on the journey. Read More »
As we close out the year, I’m incredibly proud of how SVP Partners, Board, and staff alike have demonstrated their dedication to our mission and Preschool for All (P4A) goal. The tenacity, resourcefulness, nimbleness, and collaboration in face of adversity has been remarkable. So far in 2020, we have grown our resources -- human and financial -- by successfully recruiting 19 new Partners. (The vast majority are already engaged on SVP teams and with Community Partners!) Read More »
January 14 @ 4:00 pm
This meeting is for all Investor Partners, Encore Fellows, and Community Partners. Please come meet the leaders of our newest Community Partner, Hacienda CDC, and hear about their great work. Speakers will include: -Ernesto Fonseca, CEO -Jaclyn Sarna, Director of Youth & Family Services -Beckie Lee, Director of Philanthropy Read More »
February 3 @ 5:00 pm
This meeting is open to all Partners and Encore Fellows. Please join SVP Portland Leadership for a report on our impact in 2020, and to learn what’s in store for 2021. Speakers will include Executive Director Lauren Johnson and Board Chair Kerry McClenahan. We will celebrate our big wins in 2020 and talk strategy as we continue to move forward on our collective mission to that all children have access to high-quality, culturally-relevant early learning experiences. Read More »
February 23 @ 12:00 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 »