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Partner Highlight: Todd Alsdorf

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland
Todd Alsdorf

"[W]e had been volunteering once a week with Habitat for Humanity. As I was crawling through an attic using a caulking gun to seal up drywall joints or painting an old house, I couldn't help but to think that there may be a way that I could make a bigger philanthropic impact by tapping into the skills I had built over the years of founding and growing a business. The idea of venture philanthropy and helping build capacity in organizations that are doing the hard work of serving the children and families in underserved communities really resonated with me." Read More »

The SVP Origin Story

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we bring you a series on the history of SVP Portland. This is part one, which starts at the very beginning. The SVP model found especially fertile ground with tech entrepreneurs. It’s no surprise then that Eli Lamb, who had recently retired from Intel Oregon, found his way to an SVP Seattle meeting and learned about their unique model for giving not just financially, but also with time and expertise. Read More »

Partner Highlight: Brighton Jones

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

"The Brighton Jones Portland team has been looking for ways to increase our involvement in the community ... and we were immediately impressed by SVP’s data-driven approach to address the root causes of inequity and the commitment to driving systemic, scalable change. Our team feels that the Partnership’s approach truly magnifies the impact that an individual can have in our community, and we are thrilled to contribute to SVP’s mission." Read More »

Portland Children’s Museum School Explores Portland’s Local Black History

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

One of the reasons we invested in a partnership with the Portland Children’s Museum is because of our strong alignment with their goal to develop culturally-responsive learning as part of the organization’s equity journey. Helping with this is a focus of our capacity-building work, so we want to feature PCM’s Opal Charter School as it explores Black History Month through the lens of empathy and compassion. Read More »

Partner Highlight: David Crandall

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland
David Crandall

"While I’ve been a Partner for less than a year, I’m fortunate to have found connection points that both draw upon my experience and expertise, and challenge me to keep learning. Going forward, I’m certain there will be numerous areas where I can add significant value to both the implementation of P4A as well as nudge SVP forward in its culture of continuous improvement." Read More »

IRCO Pivots for Continued Impact

Posted by Social Venture Partners Portland

The Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) has been an SVP Portland Community Partner since 2016. They recently shared a success story that is a powerful reminder of why we support early-learning programs -- to provide opportunities for our kids that set the trajectory for learning and life success. “The Early Learning Program empowers Thi and her husband to take initiative of teaching and raising their children by providing the resources that will help them succeed. Prior to COVID-19, caseworkers visited the family two times per week to play with the children and talk to the parents about their progress. Thi acknowledged that the home visits were her children’s favorite part about the program.” Read More »

Black Parent Initiative’s Celebration of Black History

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Black Parent Initiative

At SVP Portland we prioritize investing in communities of color as part of our work to dismantle structural barriers and systemic racism, including partnering with culturally-specific organizations serving Black and African American children & families. February is Black History Month and we want to spotlight and amplify the voice of a Community Partner that not only does transformative work in our Black community, but is also recognizing this important month through a series on social media. Each day you can read a highlight about a historic figure in Black history. Read More »