Social Venture Partners Portland: Driving Change and Equity in our Communities

Social Venture Partners Portland: Driving Change and Equity in our Communities

SVP Leaders Paul Shoemaker and Charlie Gilkey Explore Concepts from New Books: “Taking Charge of Change: How Rebuilders Solve Hard Problems” and “Start Finishing: How to Go From Idea to Done”
Social Venture Partners Portland (SVP Portland) is excited to bring together two philanthropic changemakers for a conversation on making transformative improvements in our community. Founding President of SVP International, Paul Shoemaker, will join SVP Portland Board Director, Charlie Gilkey, to discuss SVP’s unique venture philanthropy model and what leadership traits are required to create more equitable change.

The conversation will take place via Zoom on April 14, 2021, from 5-6 PM PST. This event is open to the public and SVP Portland wants to encourage anyone interested in philanthropy, community-building, and nonprofit leadership to attend. Register here or through:

The event will include a discussion of how SVP Portland’s venture philanthropy model is creating change in our local community through nonprofit capacity-building and early childhood education initiatives. Shoemaker and Gilkey will also discuss ways community members can increase their philanthropic impact, drawing ideas from their bestselling books and combined experience in business and coaching.

Paul Shoemaker is an author, podcaster, consultant, speaker, and leader in the philanthropic world. His latest book “Taking Charge of Change: How Rebuilders Solve Hard Problems” was released in March of this year. Shoemaker was listed on The NonProfit Times “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector” in 2011 and 2012, and in 2013 was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by Future in Review.

Charlie Gilkey is the Founder of Productive Flourishing, a website to help creatives, leaders, and entrepreneurs finish the things that matter in order to create positive change. Gilkey is a businessman, author, coach, Army officer, and philosopher. His book “Start Finishing: How to Go

From Idea to Done” has won a number of awards, including the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award for Business/Career/Sales.

Together, Shoemaker and Gilkey will address relevant challenges in society and the opportunity for new solutions and growth. They will discuss the skills and strategies needed to make transformative change in our communities.

About Social Venture Partners Portland
Portland is facing challenges that charitable giving alone cannot solve. SVP Portland goes beyond traditional philanthropy by combining the expertise, money, and influence of volunteer professionals to help community organizations address these challenges with greater impact. Today, we’re working together to ensure that all children—regardless of ethnicity, wealth, religion, gender, or zip code—have access to high-quality, culturally-relevant early learning experiences.

SVP Portland was founded in 2000 and has invested more than $3 million in cash grants and 27,350 hours of skilled volunteer labor to help 42 Portland-area nonprofits. In addition, our networks, relationships, and influence help attract additional resources, which we term “leveraged funds”, totaling nearly $19 million. Learn more at

About Social Venture Partners International
Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International. Started in 1997, SVPI has since flourished into an international network of volunteers, parents, community leaders, and philanthropists committed to a better and more just future. Each of its 43 affiliates seeks to bridge the gap between the challenges in our world and the scale at which we are capable of tackling those challenges. SVPI does more than give money back to the community by bringing together donors, nonprofits, and social enterprises in order to make a greater collective impact. Learn more at