Director’s Desk: Welcome 2017

By Janet Byrd, Executive Director Welcome 2017! It’s shaping up to be quite a year in Oregon and across the country. Here at Neighborhood Partnerships we are looking forward to working with you to build increased opportunity for all Oregonians, to protect the progress we’ve made, and to bring people together to think and talk…

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The Power of Paradox

By Jill Winsor Oregon is a state that rises to meet its challenges. Oregonians strive to be exceptional and to make sure that where we lead, others will want to follow. Oregonians want to live in a state where all of our residents can thrive. That’s the energy behind our Oregon’s Bright Futures work. We…

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Let Dr. Crystal Hall Challenge Your Assumptions and Improve Your Impact

By Jill Winsor We’re continuing to give you previews of what the RE:Conference will bring. Don’t forget to take advantage of Early Bird registration before this Friday (September 23rd)! On November 16th, Dr. Crystal Hall will join us at the RE:Conference to share what she’s learned with her work with the White House Social and…

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Have you attended a Your Money, Your Goals training?

Since then, what have you done with your toolkit? Have you used it to train your co-workers? Have you used it to start conversations about financial well-being with clients? If the answers to these questions is “yes,” we are so proud of you! If the answer is “no, I hate to admit it, but I’ve…

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Something’s Not Right. What is Oregon Doing to Fix It?

Last week an important report was released by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). You probably saw it mentioned on social media or in your email, The Ever-Growing Gap: Without change, African-American and Latino families won’t match white wealth for centuries. If you haven’t yet had the chance to…

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Make CSAs Work For Your Community

  The Oregon Asset Building Coalition is still hard at work finalizing the details of a Children’s Savings Account platform for Oregon. It’s clear to us that the success of Children’s Savings in Oregon will depend on community-based organizations across the state. They hold the trust of the communities they serve. We’ve heard this from…

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For People Who Want to Get Beyond Simple Poverty Solutions

“It’s about honoring the complexity of the experience of people living in poverty, instead of trying to address needs in isolation.” – Brendon Basset, Metropolitan Family Service. What does it takes to increase the financial resilience of our communities and the people we serve? In June, Executive Director Janet Byrd and Financial Innovations Director Jill…

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Scanning the Horizon for Opportunity: What’s Ahead in Oregon Politics

2016 is a year of big changes in our political landscape. What does this mean for opportunity for all of Oregon? How will we use our tools to create a better future, and to open doors for all Oregonians? How will we harness our innovative spirit, our talent, and our energy to invest in people…

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The Biggest Inspiration for Our Field Is Right in Front of You

A great mentor of mine in the field of domestic violence support services taught me an important lesson about how to make connections with a survivor. Always start by reminding them that they have a wealth of resilience and resourcefulness within themselves – they had survived this long and had found their way to our…

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Top 5 Lessons for College Savings from a National Leader

  You can have a great idea and even a great program, but as many nonprofits and public organizations know – that’s only the beginning. To build lasting change you need everything from community trust, to habit building, to increasing depth of knowledge so lessons from a program can travel far beyond the experience of…

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