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The Alliance for Equity in Montessori Education

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

Our partnership with the Alliance for Equity in Montessori Education (AEME) will include a $15k general operating grant and Partner time. AEME appreciates SVP's general operating grant (rather than restricted) so that it can use the financial resources to invest in key aspects of running the organization well, such as DEI training, fundraising & grant writing, and staffing for community/parent engagement. Partners will work with AEME to achieve its vision by assisting with developing a strategy timeline, board governance, business model & financing, operational policies, and marketing. Read More »

Changing Philanthropists’ Role to Share Power

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

Earlier this year, SVP International solicited “Stories of Change” from affiliates as an opportunity to celebrate the collective accomplishments of our global network and amplify SVP’s commitment to achieve greater equity and systemic change. SVPI chose to feature SVP Portland’s story about the changing role of philanthropy from transactional to transformational partnerships. Executive Director Lauren Johnson explained, “This is a time for philanthropy to really step up and be courageous about doing things differently - we need to think long term, shift power, address root issues, and co-create solutions with community.” Read More »

The Continued Impact of Encore Fellows

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

When Lee Rosenbaum retired from Intel, he decided to expand his volunteer work as a trail host for the Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) through the Encore Fellows Program. When he made the institute aware of the fellows program, he found that they were in need of an online image database so staff could find images for their work more readily. Read More »

Partner Highlight: Holly Levow

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

"SVP has definitely changed me for the better. With SVP Portland's focus on early childhood education and closing the opportunity gap for priority populations*, I'm constantly getting educated on and learning how to advocate for our most vulnerable children and their basic right to access quality education." Read More »

Preschool for All Washington County

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

At the May SVP Portland Board of Directors’ meeting, staff presented an opportunity to support the newly-formed Washington County Preschool for All effort. Given our early, deep, and long-time work to make Preschool for All a reality in Multnomah County, we were asked to join the Washington County effort. Just as in Multnomah County, all young children in Washington County deserve positive early learning experiences that help them develop cognitive and social-emotional skills and prepare them for kindergarten. Read More »

The Sarah Cohen-Doherty Community Impact Award: Call for Nominations

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

To honor the legacy of a beloved staff member and one of SVP Portland's brightest shooting stars, we have created the Sarah Cohen-Doherty Award. The inaugural annual award will be presented on July 21 at our 20th Anniversary Summer Social. The award recognizes a person within the SVP Portland network (inclusive of staff, Investor Partners, Encore Fellows, and Community Partners) who epitomizes the wonderful characteristics that enabled Sarah to have such a positive impact at SVP. Read More »

Social Capital: Underutilized Partner Resource

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

Recently, the Portfolio Management Team (PMT) considered how we can work to maximize opportunities to leverage our social capital in a way that is equitable in opportunity and can benefit all of our Community Partners. While we often focus our attention on contributions of Partner money and time, the Partnership has valuable yet underutilized social capital and influence that can have an equally profound impact when leveraged in support of our Community Partners. Read More »