April 02, 2020
NAO is helping to keep Oregon’s nonprofit sector up to date with resources related to COVID-19 and answering as many of your questions as we can that apply to the overall sector. However, keep in mind that the current COVID-19 environment is fluid with changes – whether it’s legislation, state resources, recommendations – occurring almost daily. We have many volunteer subject-matter experts working with us (thank you!) to bring you the latest, but in some cases, there are no immediate answers or more clarity is being sought. Answers to frequently asked questions are available on NAO’s  COVID-19 Resources  page. We are updating that page regularly so check back frequently for the latest COVID-19 resources.

Many of you have questions on topics related to unemployment and SBA loans and NAO has coordinated/convened the following online sessions:

Essential Unemployment Insights for Oregon Nonprofits on Friday, April 3 from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. PT:  NAO partnered with Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities and NAO Member Partner UST to convene this session. Adam Thorn, Assistant Vice President of Operations at UST will provide an overview of how COVID-19 response is expected to impact unemployment for nonprofit employers/employees, alternative considerations to layoffs and/or workforce reduction, etc. and will answer your questions based on what UST knows to date . Click  here  to register for tomorrow’s webinar. Even if you can't attend the live session, when you register, you're guaranteed to receive the recording and presentation slides.

COVID-19 Strategy: How to Forecast Cash Flow in a Crisis on Friday, April 3 from 1 2 p.m. PT. Sabrina Parson, CEO of Palo Alto Software based in Eugene is offering a free cash flow forecasting webinar. Click  here  for more information.

Ask The Expert Emergency SBA loans and how can nonprofits access them? Tuesday, April 7, Noon – 1 p.m. PT:  Scott Bossom, Senior Vice President of SBA Lending at Columbia Bank will provide an overview of emergency SBA loans as part of the COVID-19 federal stimulus package legislated recently. The package includes funding for “special emergency loans of up to $10 million for eligible nonprofits and small businesses, permitting them to cover costs of payroll, operations, and debt service, and provides that the loans be forgiven in whole or in part under certain circumstances.” What does this mean for Oregon nonprofits? Scott will address this, as well as answer your questions. Click here to  register  for the session.

NAO’s COVID-19 listserv for nonprofit leaders, executive directors, board members, and nonprofit staff leading COVID-19 response for their NPOs launched earlier this week. The objective of this forum is to provide a peer-to-peer communications forum for nonprofit leaders dealing with COVID-19-related issues and challenges for their organizations and communities. Subscribers are encouraged to share information, post questions for peer response, and share resources with the group. To subscribe, send an e-mail with the subject line “Subscribe” to NAOForumCOVID19+subscribe@groups.io

We are all in this together.  We encourage you to stay connected with us and join us as  #ORNonprofitsFlattentheCurve ! Answer our question every week with a post and tag @Nonprofitoregon with the #ORNonprofitsFlattentheCurve and we’ll reward you with NAO $bucks.  Click here to learn more.

Thank you to the following SPONSORS and FUNDERS who are supporting NAO’s online COVID-19 events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.