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Become a Community Partner

We make community impact by partnering with Portland nonprofits, community collaborations, and transformational leaders. We call these our Community Partners because they bring their visions, know-how and programs to meet our Investor Partners’ money, talent and influence. We currently only invest in ways of advancing our Ready for Kindergarten Goal.

We’re not going to sugar-coat it. We ask a lot of our Community Partners. Our venture philanthropy model is not right for all organizations or leaders because it’s not just a gift of cash. Still, our Community Partners say it’s worth every ounce of effort for those with a vision for deepening or broadening their impact and the leadership commitment and time to make it happen. We meet that vision and commitment with a structured pathway and resources that build the necessary financial, strategic, evaluation and human infrastructure.

We are always seeking new investment opportunities and invite anyone to call us with a pitch or an idea. Anytime!

How to Engage with SVP Portland

We do not operate on grant cycles and do not issue requests for proposals. If an investment seems to offer possibilities for advancing our Ready for Kindergarten goal, we host a series of conversations with the prospective Community Partner to explore how their organization/program could achieve broader or deeper community impact with SVP’s resources. If we mutually agree there is strong potential for impact by working together, we co-create a partnership proposal and pitch it to our Partnership.

Our current investment criteria for a nonprofit or community agency includes:

  • Serves priority populations*
  • Builds capacity towards achieving significant impact on current goal
  • Promotes cross-organization/sector ‘collective impact’ collaboration
  • Fills clear gap in community services
  • Leverages SVP resources and strengths (or offers strong potential to do so)
  • Organization or group of organizations in which to invest currently exists

If you meet these criteria and want to talk more about partnering with us, contact us and tell us more about your initiative or idea.

Learn more about our current Community Partners.


* Children in Multnomah County living in poverty, children of color, and children whose first language is not English.