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Please Welcome Our New Director of Community Impact!

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

We are thrilled to announce that Carolina Castañeda del Río has joined SVP Portland as our new Director of Community Impact! “I am passionate about steering the development of organizations and initiatives that champion diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice,” says Carolina. “As a mental health professional and mother of a young child, I am convinced that early-childhood years are the most critical for any meaningful and sustainable change that we want to see in individuals and societies. I am excited to use my passion and expertise to make a positive contribution to SVP Portland as the Director of Community Impact!” Read More »

Business Partner Highlight: Hanif Fazal

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

Hanif Fazal is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at the Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI), 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 Portland has been a resource and capacity building partner for CEI. In turn, CEI provides us training opportunities and consultation that help advance our equity work. "To this day I still feel strongly that CEI’s ongoing success is due in part to the support and partnership we received from SVP. We can’t say enough about how instrumental SVP has been to our business." Read More »

Child Care Services Alliance Update

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

SVP Portland played a key role in the incubation, launch, and capacity building of the statewide Child Care Shared Services Alliance (CCSSA). We stepped up as fiscal coordinator and project manager in 2020 in response to the needs of child care providers who serve the most vulnerable and historically marginalized families. Shared Services Alliances allows child care providers to create alliances where programs pool resources and hire centralized staff to streamline operations and increase profitability. This model is having a positive impact on participating programs, and it has expanded to several pilots across the state. Read More »

Cultivating Community in Hillsboro Schools

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

Funding for public schools has diminished over the years, while the importance of public schools increases. That’s where Hillsboro Schools Foundation (HSF) comes in – founded by a small group of passionate volunteers in 2001, the foundation strives to support innovative educational programs that fall outside normal school funding. HSF funds enrichment through grants, as well as after-school clubs and materials for science, technology, engineering, and math. For his Encore Fellowship, Bruce Smith was assigned to ten schools with a goal to increase the number of grant requests. He used his background in teaching and coaching to show teachers how to turn an idea into a grant proposal. “Teachers are entrepreneurs already because they are innovative in their classrooms,” says Bruce, “and I just had to show them how to turn their ideas into initiatives, encourage them to dream big, have courage, and think about sustainability.” Read More »

SVP Achieves Fundraising Goal for Latino Network’s Capital Campaign

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

Twelve months ago, we set a goal to raise $750,000 from the SVP Partnership for Latino Network’s La Plaza Esperanza (Hope Plaza), the first true home for the Latino community in metro Portland. Latino Network has been one the longest-term Community Partners for SVP, having shown tremendous growth in their early childhood programs and expansion of their programs, staff and budget. We’re proud to announce that we’ve now exceeded $1 million raised for the campaign, Sonando Juntos (Dreaming Together)!! Read More »

A Different Way to Do Philanthropy

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

"Racial healing and justice in the United States will take all of us working together – white people and people of color. We all have a place in this work. But how we do the work matters. We will not get to a different destination by working in the same way.” At SVP Portland, we are constantly learning and evolving. What have we done this year to disrupt existing inequities of power in philanthropy? Read on for four examples. Read More »

Partner Highlight: Brayam Sanchez

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

Brayam Sanchez works in the commercial real estate field as a business development specialist for Cushman & Wakefield. He graduated from Portland State University in the School of Business with a major in Management and Leadership and a certificate in Real Estate Property Management. "I enjoy the fact that Partners are able to contribute in the areas where they have the most expertise and passion, making each engagement personally rewarding. I am motivated by knowing that I can make an impact for the better." Read More »