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Holly Levow

What is your profession? How do you spend your days?
As a California licensed attorney and business woman, I used to spend my days in high technology start-up companies wearing many hats. Today, my profession is a full-time mother and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity.  Now that both my children are in school, I’m gearing up for my next professional adventure.

What has inspired you to be an engaged philanthropist?
Having children has definitely inspired me to be an engaged philanthropist! As a mother, it’s very important for me to not only model the behavior I would like my children to follow, but to also try to create an even better world for them to thrive in.

What do you value about Social Venture Partners?
I greatly value that at Social Venture Partners it truly feels like a partnership with the investees.  We not only provide dollars, but valuable expertise to help the organizations grow and ultimately affect even more change in the community.

What criteria do you use in deciding where to focus your philanthropy?
When deciding where to focus my philanthropy, my first criteria is a personal connection or interest in the desired outcome.  I then look at the effect my philanthropic efforts would have on the desired outcome as well as the efficiency of the organization to ensure that efforts are utilized effectively.

How do you know if your giving or volunteering has been successful with a nonprofit?
I believe that any amount of giving or volunteering can be impactful. Measuring success, however, can be challenging and often subjective. In the case of SVP Portland, if I can aid in providing an investee with even one tool to improve the organization, I feel successful.