Call for NAO Board Nominations
✔  Do you love Oregon nonprofits and all they stand for?

✔  Are you ready to use your talent and time to help build the nonprofit sector's voice and visibility?

✔  Are you passionate about ensuring nonprofits are effective in serving Oregon's communities equitably and growing diversity?

✔  Do you want to play an integral role in supporting nonprofits to connect, improve and advance their missions so all Oregonians can grow and thrive? 

If this sounds like you or someone you know, we would love to hear from you! The Nonprofit Association of Oregonis growing our Board of Directors and looking for people who can make a difference statewide in the nonprofit sector. We are seeking a limited number of new board members to serve three (3) year terms beginning January 2023. We are particularly seeking individuals from communities in Eastern Oregon.

Who Are We? The Nonprofit Association of Oregon is the statewide nonprofit membership organization representing and supporting charitable nonprofits of all sizes, geographic locations and missions across Oregon. NAO’s mission is to serve public benefit nonprofits by strengthening the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the lives of all Oregonians. NAO’s vision is that Oregon’s nonprofits are visible and valued as essential contributors to society. We are deeply invested in our core values: Collaboration, Equity and Inclusion, Excellence, Impact, Learning, Service and Stewardship. NAO is committed to building a more just and equitable Oregon as stated in our Equity Statement

What Do We Believe? We believe that nonprofits keep our communities vibrant and healthy, create and magnify public benefits, catalyze opportunities to participate in civic affairs and enrich cultural life. We also believe nonprofits provide needed services, address inequities, and create innovative solutions to community issues. By representing and supporting charitable nonprofits of all sizes and geographic locations across Oregon, NAO strives to convene, build capacity, promote best practices and be a thought leader in helping nonprofits build a thriving, vital and equitable Oregon.  

Qualifications: Membership on the Board of Directors is open to anyone with a demonstrated commitment to advancing the interests of Oregon's nonprofit sector. We strive to select a slate of candidates that is inclusive and broadly representative of the State of Oregon's growing diversity, as well as ensuring that all regions of the state and varied nonprofit sub-sectors have a place at the table. We have listed four specific sets of criteria that will help us in selecting our final slate of candidates. 

  1. NAO is committed to ensuring that our board continues to nurture and advance leadership opportunities within communities of color and new emerging leaders who are just beginning their careers in the nonprofit sector.
  2. NAO seeks to create a board that ensures broad geographic representation within the state. In particular, we are hoping to find new board members from Eastern Oregon with lived and learned experience of rural Oregon. 
  3. Areas of expertise currently needed by the corporate entity include: Accounting or Financial Planning, Legal Expertise and Governmental Affairs and Public Policy.
  4. Unique areas of expertise that can broaden the perspective of the board include (but are not limited to): Environmental and Climate Change, Land Usage and Sustainable Community Development, and Health and Human Services.

NAO Board Members are also expected to: 

  • Uphold the basic legal responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors. 
  • Maintain active membership in NAO. 
  • Seek to promote and serve as an ambassador of NAO in the broader community. 
  • Attend at least 75% of board and committee meetings in person, or by virtual meeting. 
  • Actively engages in NAO’s pursuit to institutionalize diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in its policies and practices. 
  • Serve on at least one board committee. 
  • Make a personal contribution to NAO at a level that is meaningful to you. 

To nominate yourself: Please complete this brief nomination form. The nomination process will close on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. PT. Nominees will hear from us in the weeks following as NAO's Development and Nominations Committee seeks to narrow the field to the top candidates for interviews.

To nomination someone: If you have someone in mind that you believe meets these requirements and would like to nominate them, please contact us with the individual's first and last name, email and phone number.
Thank you for your continued involvement in and support of NAO!

Noreen Dunnells
Chair, NAO Development and Nominations Committee

If you have questions about the nomination process please contact us at