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

A Final Message from All Hands Raised CEO Dan Ryan

Posted on June 28, 2019 in CEO Updates
Today marks the end of an 11 year journey with the All Hands RaisedPartnership, and the start of a new one, for CEO Dan Ryan. We hope you will read his closing thoughts on the hard work this community has done, and the work yet to be done, on behalf of our kids and families.   …

Exit Interview: Dan Ryan reflects on 11 years leading All Hands Raised (Portland Business Journal, June 2019)

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Media Coverage
By Andy Giegerich Read the story below and here. The announcement that Dan Ryan is leaving his longtime role as CEO of the education nonprofit All Hands Raised offered no details as to the influential leader’s next steps. Which, given Ryan’s reasons for leaving, makes sense. “I believe when you’re a good fit for a role, you should do it for at least seven to 11 years,” …

My View: Some Good News on Graduation Rates (Portland Tribune, June 2019)

Posted on June 20, 2019 in Media Coverage
By Connie Ballmer and Jennifer Blatz Read the story below and here. We believe that through efforts like the All Hands Raised Partnership, communities can change not only local headlines, but more importantly, change lives. Last month’s Portland-area headlines about no improvement in Oregon’s high school graduation rates were not what anyone wanted to read. Despite these persistent headlines …