Strangers in a Foreign Land
"It is important for times of scarcity that we really line up."
In times of scarcity, everyone is affected. A couple of years ago, the city of Portland discovered that a great deal of children lack the resources they need to build a foundation for a successful life: 1 out of 3 children are unprepared for kindergarten. In addition, city administrators found that only one book existed for every 300 children in poor neighborhoods.
Determined to tackle this problem, SVP Portland decided to move away from funding isolated nonprofits to creating a community change effort, bringing partners together to align behind change for these children. Mark Holloway, Executive Director of SVP Portland, shares their journey into uncharted territory, where he often felt as a stranger in a foreign land.
Mark Holloway is the Executive Director of Social Ventures Partners Portland. The organization's focus is on helping at-risk families and children, most recently narrowing their focus to pre-kindergarten education to improve children's chances of having a successful career. Mark was one of our seven Ignite speakers at our Spring Meeting. Be sure to check out Julie Pham's story, too.