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Our Newest Investment: Child Care Shared Services

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

In May 2020, a group of SVP Partners came together with a diverse group of child care advocates to create the Oregon Child Care Provider Relief Guide for Oregon’s child care providers struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. After the relief guide launched, the coalition continued meeting and asked: What more can we do? How can we help small providers survive and thrive, not just through the pandemic, but for the long-term? The answer was shared services. Read More »

2020 Board Retreat Update

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

As many of you know, the SVP Portland board of directors gathers each summer, typically in August, for an all-day retreat, where we evaluate goal progress, consider shifts in landscape, and determine strategic priorities moving forward. In the gazillionth example of how 2020 is very different, this year’s retreat was a three-part series of Zoom calls. Each call was two and a half hours, and each focused on a single significant topic that will inform the board’s strategic thinking and planning going forward. Read More »

Partner Highlight: Kristin Payne

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Kristin Payne

"What I’ve really been struck by is the Partners. SVP boasts many highly-successful, highly-knowledgeable Partners. The collective influence and intellectual capital is, not surprisingly, exceptional. The way Partners support, respect, and value one another and the Community Partners is exceptional as well." Read More »

Help Preschool for All Secure the Win

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Help Preschool for All Secure the Win

After years of preparation and coalition building, the Multnomah County Preschool for All campaign is off and running – YES on Measure 26-214!  Helping the P4A broad coalition secure victory will be a major milestone toward our Access to Preschool goal and will improve generations of lives in our community – a game changer for kids and working families! Read More »

SVP Portland 2020 Impact Update

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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 »

How One Community Partner Grew by 400%

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Friends of the Children Portland

“We are incredibly grateful for our long-standing partnership with SVP Portland,” says Terri Sorensen. “The work we’ve done with SVP has been critical to our scaling efforts. We had a lot of work to do so we had the internal capacity to scale our model, and to ensure the organization was sustainable. SVP was able to look at every aspect of our organization and invest in our leadership and infrastructure so that we could scale.” Read More »

Partner Highlight: Rob Aslett

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Rob Aslett

"I already knew something about SVP through my fellowship, and the concept of venture philanthropy appealed to me from the start. In my mind it is not unlike the venture capital firms that operate in the technology industry. These firms not only provide a timely investment, they also understand that they need to provide expert advice and support to help the entrepreneurs succeed. It has been a very successful model in enabling innovation in the for-profit world and seemed to me to be well suited for helping young and innovative nonprofits as well." Read More »