SVP Portland’s Journey Toward a Community-Focused Goal


In October 2017, Social Venture Partners International and SVP Portland co-hosted a two-day “Learning Lab” event to examine how SVP Portland organized around a shared community goal, and to impart knowledge and key learnings to other SVP affiliates thinking of taking on a focused community goal. This paper focuses on the three phases of SVP Portland’s experience—forming, storming, and norming—as well as key learnings from undertaking their “Ready for Kindergarten” goal. Finally, key resources and other readings are highlighted.


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