You’re Invited: Changemakers Night Convenes Oregon Social Change Community May 19

What happens when you put a bunch of Oregon changemakers in a room with an inspiration catalyst? It’s like building a bonfire in a fireworks stand!

Here at Social Venture Partners Portland, we are excited to be partnering with our friends at Prichard and PSU Impact Entrepreneurs to present Changemakers Night on Tuesday, May 19. This event will bring together Portland’s social innovation community for an evening of inspiration, ideas, and action. The program centers around presentations by three powerful changemakers who are creatively addressing some of our world’s most pressing problems.

Participants will be sparked to locate your home on the spectrum of social change, while networking with Portland thinkers, doers, philanthropists, social innovators, and business leaders.

Investing in Our Community

As a partnership of changemaking venture philanthropists, Social Venture Partners invests in community solutions to our most pressing social problems. For example, our current 10-year goal is to provide all children in the Portland metro area with the foundation for learning and life success so they are “Ready for Kindergarten.”

Bringing a National Conversation to Oregon

Given that, I am particularly eager to hear from featured speaker Jane Stevens. Stevens is a journalist and founder of ACES Too High and ACES Connection—online tools she developed to help address the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or “ACEs.”

ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that harm children’s developing brains so profoundly that the effects show up decades later; they cause much of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence. You can think of an ACE score as a cholesterol score for childhood trauma. It is an indicator of many downstream risks and consequences. For example, people with an ACE score of four are twice as likely to be smokers and seven times more likely to abuse alcohol. People with high ACE scores are more likely to be violent, to have more marriages, more broken bones, more drug prescriptions, more depression, and more autoimmune diseases. We understand that ACEs are responsible for a big chunk of workplace absenteeism, and for costs in health care, emergency response, mental health and criminal justice. ACEs suggests that childhood adversity contributes to most of our major chronic health, mental health, economic health and social health issues.

Generating Social Return on Investment

As venture philanthropists, we are always looking for investments that bring the highest social return on investment (sROI) back to the community. As you can see, a solution for ACEs would mean a whole host of solutions for social problems that crop up later in an individual’s life, meaning an investment in ACEs would have great sROI.

What fires you up? Whether it’s early childhood development, venture philanthropy, or just making a positive change in our global community; Changemakers Night is a way to be inspired and find (or refine) your path to social impact. We hope to have you in the room to build the energy and get inspired with us!

Mark Holloway

Mark Holloway has served as Social Venture Partners Portland’s Executive Director since March 2007, working closely with the Board of Directors to drive SVP’s focused mission. Prior to serving in this role, Mark recruited more than 60 international corporations to join the fight against pandemics at the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC) in New York City. He has a professional background in public relations but has also served as a hospital and prison chaplain, taught classes in the US and Chile, and managed political campaigns in Louisiana, his state of origin. Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans and graduate degrees in business and theology from the University of Notre Dame.

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