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Sarah Cohen-Doherty, 1982-2020

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

As our Community Impact Manager from 2017 to 2020, Sarah found synergy between her knowledge of early childhood education, background in marketing, and experience in project management. She was a ray of sunshine and exemplified what it is to be a community change-maker. Her passion and commitment to SVP’s work shone brightly, and it reverberated throughout our Partnership. At SVP, Sarah was energized about addressing systemic issues in the field of early learning, with a lens on the impact of our work. We were devastated when Sarah passed away unexpectedly in July 2020. Sarah was truly loved and has been profoundly missed. Her indelible mark on SVP will never be forgotten. Read More »

Please Welcome Our New Relationship Manager!

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

The SVP team is excited to announce that Dylan Hall joined SVP Portland as our new Relationship Manager! “I am deeply passionate about serving the community of Portland in ways that significantly contribute to increasing the cultural and creative diversity of the city in profound ways,” says Dylan. “I dream of a Portland where traditionally-marginalized communities become the voices of leadership and change, and I believe with the right focus we can become the epicenter of a powerful, cultural paradigm shift. I couldn't be more excited and humbled to join this team and get to work doing exactly that!” Read More »

A Singular Partnership with Center for Equity and Inclusion

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

This year we extended and adapted our unique partnership with the Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI). CEI is a specialized consulting agency focused on advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts within organizations, education systems, and communities. Since our partnership launched in 2019, SVP has been a resource and capacity building partner for CEI, and CEI provides us trainings and consultation that help advance our equity work. Read More »

Child Care Facilities Initiative

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

In November 2020, we celebrated a major victory: Multnomah County voters approved the Preschool for All (PFA) ballot measure. When fully implemented, PFA will provide free preschool for all 3- and 4-year olds in the county, though there is still significant work to be done to make this a reality. A September 2021 report (produced by SVP) detailed numerous, interwoven, and entrenched challenges and barriers for child care providers in Multnomah County that want to expand or establish new child care facilities. To address these needs and ensure that all children in the county have access to preschool, SVP Partners and collaborators recently launched the Child Care Facilities Initiative (CCFI), with the goal of shifting the Portland-metro child care facilities market to more efficiently and effectively connect supply and demand with minimal subsidies and interventions. Read More »

Wendy Weissman Honored with the 2022 KairosPDX Ambassador Service Award

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

KairosPDX honored former SVP Partner Wendy Weissman at their annual Spread the Love Gala event this year. Wendy is the recipient of the 2022 KairosPDX Ambassador Service Award for her work with KairosPDX as an SVP Lead Partner for several years, and her unwavering commitment to the children in our community. SVP was a seed investor and early champion for KairosPDX well before the school officially opened almost 10 years ago. Wendy recalled “believing in their mission as well as the founders’ exceptional skills, passion, and vision.” She was able to apply her capacity-building skills, strategic planning abilities, and organizational development experience as a coach and mentor for KairosPDX as they built their organization. Read More »

Passionately Promoting Education in Nepal

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

Seven years ago, tragedy struck Kathmandu in central Nepal. A major earthquake killed 9,000 people and damaged or destroyed a half million structures, including thousands of classrooms. In response, the Nepali Association of Oregon (NAO) partnered with Intel volunteers to start a Rebuilding Schools for Nepal initiative. Julie Chang was one of the Intel employees who had the opportunity to not only volunteer, but travel to Nepal to assess how best to support the individuals and organizations during the rebuilding process. Julie’s passion to promote education in South Asia continued through the years. When she retired from Intel after 15 years of working in IT and the final 5 years with Sales and Marketing (SMG), she naturally chose an Encore Fellowship with NAO. Read More »

Introducing PCUN, The Newest Member of the Equity Collaborative

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

PCUN is the sixth and newest member of the Equity Collaborative. Since 2019, SVP Portland has served as fiscal coordinator, seed investor and capacity building partner to help the Collaborative realize its vision. PCUN started as a union for farm workers in 1985, fighting to gain collective bargaining rights. Since then, PCUN has become the largest Latinx organization in Oregon, and advocates for Oregon farmworkers and working Latinx families. The organization works tirelessly to empower Latinx communities, giving them tools to influence policy in ways that will improve their lives for the better. According to PCUN Executive Director Reyna Lopez, “Our members made the decision that childcare should be a top priority for PCUN because of the impacts that the lack of culturally competent and responsive childcare has had on farmworkers and their families." Read More »