COVID-19 Update and Community Resources

Posted on March 16, 2020 in CEO Updates
Dear Friends, The All Hands Raised Partnership continues to be guided by the core value of working together to ensure all children and youth have the opportunity to be successful and contribute to thriving communities. Currently, we are facing a tumultuous time in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the full ramifications will likely not be understood for many months …

Thank you for Partying with a Purpose!

Posted on February 26, 2020 in CEO Updates
On Thursday, February 20th, more than 750 community members attended our 25th annual Party with a Purpose presented by Bank of America, supporting the work of All Hands Raised. It was an incredible night celebrating the shared work happening in our community to ensure all kids achieve their full potential as well as laughing with our comedian, Cameron Esposito and Master of Ceremonies Courtenay Hameister …

A Message from Peggy Maguire and John Tapogna

Posted on February 3, 2020 in Media Coverage
February 3, 2020   Dear Community, We are pleased to provide you with the recently released report commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and written by researchers from Teachers College, Columbia University, “BUILDING IMPACT: A Closer Look at Local Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education.” The Wallace Foundation, based in New York City, is a national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for disadvantaged children …

Help us make lasting change for our children and their families

Posted on December 16, 2019 in CEO Updates
December 16, 2019 Dear Friends – As a former principal in Portland Public Schools, I have a unique perspective of the work of All Hands Raised. During my time at George Middle School, I witnessed how All Hands Raised built relationships within the community to improve student outcomes—and experienced first-hand the impact their support had on our school culture and, in turn …

Let’s Get This Party (with a Purpose) Started!

Posted on November 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

Join us on February 20, 2020 at the Moda Center for Party with a Purpose, presented by Bank of America!

Polish your party shoes because it’s time for All Hands Raised’s Party with a Purpose presented by Bank of America! This (25th) annual “night off” from “Portland polite” is set for Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 5:30 to 9:00pm at the home of our Portland Trail Blazers—the Moda Center …

Working Together to Improve Attendance

Posted on September 19, 2019 in CEO Updates
Dear Friends – School has begun across our community and the excitement and energy of the new academic year is in the air. As an educator and principal in this community for the past 18 years, I know the hard work that our teachers, school staff, administrators, families, direct service providers and community partners put into ensuring our students start school off on the right track …

All Hands Raised – Homegrown School Leader Takes Helm (The Portland Observer, July 2019)

Posted on July 10, 2019 in Media Coverage
By Danny Peterson Read the story below and here. Lavert Robertson, a seasoned African American education administrator at Portland Public Schools who was raised in northeast Portland, has taken the helm as chief executive officer for All Hands Raised, a non-profit organization working to improve learning outcomes county-wide for kids of color. Robertson, formerly the principal at north Portland’s George Middle School and a principal in the district for the past seven years …

Viewpoint: A new chapter in All Hands Raised collaborative approach to education advocacy (Portland Business Journal, July 2019)

Posted on July 3, 2019 in Media Coverage
By John Tapogna, ECONorthwest President and All Hands Raised Council Co-Chair Read the story below and here. Education reforms typically revolve around calls for sweeping overhauls. Budgets need to be much bigger, and class sizes smaller. Curricula need to be rewritten, assessments revamped, and schools turned around. The policy landscape shifts constantly, and educators meet weekly just to keep up …

June 25th Happy Hour Photo Album is Live!

Posted on July 2, 2019 in CEO Updates
Thanks to all of our partners and friends who came out on June 25th to celebrate the All Hands Raised Partnership and our shared progress outlined in Chapter 04, recommit to the work still needing to be done for our kids and families, and to send Dan Ryan off on his next journey. You can view photos from the night here:

PPS Foundation Handed off to The Fund for PPS

Posted on July 1, 2019 in Uncategorized
On July 1, 2019 the activities associated with PPS Foundation program officially transferred to All information, forms and historical documentation will be housed with The Fund for PPS. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Robyn Faraone, PPS School Partnerships Manager at