May 04, 2020
Dear Nonprofit Colleagues and Supporters:

As Oregon Gov. Brown begins to consider a gradual lifting of the shelter-in-place order, the people of Oregon are cautiously beginning to return to some normal activities, albeit with social distancing in mind. In the weeks to come more and more, nonprofits will begin to plan their recovery and how they will go about supporting their missions. In support of the necessary rethinking of programs, funding, and governance, NAO has curated a set of opportunities to learn, engage, advocate and connect. You’ll be able to engage your board with national Board training expert Andy Robinson; discover innovative ways to connect with underserved and historically marginalized communities with Professor Latisha Nixon-Jones; learn about maximizing forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program, and hear directly from Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on their work to ensure nonprofits and the work we do stay on the top of the federal government’s to-do list. Join us for these sessions and more through the beginning of May as we help you reassess your mission and recover your programming. 
Upcoming online sessions for nonprofits  

Ask the Experts - Board Members: How You Can and Should Step Up Now, Tuesday, May 5, Noon 1:15 p.m. PT:  Andy Robinson, Principal at Andy Robinson Consulting will cover nonprofit board responsiveness and board governance during a time of massive uncertainty. What can and should board members be doing to best support staff, how to use remote technology to deepen board engagement, tools for prioritizing and protecting core programs, and the board’s role in building partnerships to help nonprofits become stronger. This will be an interactive session where participants can ask questions and offer comments. Register for the session  here .
 
Pivot or Perish: Redefining Disaster Law, Wednesday May 6, Noon 1 p.m. PT:  Latisha Nixon-Jones, Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Oregon will cover current federal and state disaster laws that are applied before, during and after disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic. She’ll focus on why understanding disaster laws is particularly important to protect vulnerable populations, historically marginalized communities and underserved communities for disaster mitigation, economic recovery and community resilience. The session will address current obstacles as well as some effective strategies for overcoming these obstacles. Leaders and staff of nonprofits who serve vulnerable populations and underserved communities, as well as culturally specific nonprofits are particularly encouraged to attend. There’ll be a Q&A session for participants to ask questions and offer comments. Register for the session  here .

Ask the Experts – Maximizing Forgiveness Under the Paycheck Protection Program: Tips, Techniques, and a Planning Toolkit for Nonprofits, Tuesday, May 12, Noon 1 p.m. PT:  Kathy Swift, Senior Vice President and Nonprofit Development Officer at Heritage Bank, Laura Caldera, Practice Group Leader at Bullivant Houser, and Bill Holmes, CPA of Holmes & Company will provide a comprehensive analysis of how to maximize the loan forgiveness of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. In addition to the tips and techniques, they will provide a PPP loan forgiveness calculator that can be used weekly to manage the payback under this eight-week program. Nonprofits who have received a loan under the PPP program definitely won’t want to miss this important session. There’ll be a Q&A session for participants to ask questions and offer comments. Register for the session  here .

Oregon Nonprofit Virtual Town Hall with U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Tuesday, May 13, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.:  Join NAO for a virtual town hall with U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley addressing Oregon’s nonprofit community. We will have the opportunity to hear from our Oregon senators about the CARES Act and plans for future congressional action, as well as discuss specific issues and needs facing Oregon’s nonprofits. This session will be moderated by Raziah Roushan, NAO Board Member and Chair, NAO Public Policy Committee and Jim White, NAO Executive Director. Register for the session  here .

Rethinking Your Strategy: Planning for Your Nonprofit’s Recovery – a three-part series on Thursday, May 14, Thursday, May 21, and Thursday, May 28, Noon 1 p.m. PT:  Steve Patty, Founder of Dialogues in Action will guide nonprofits on how to rethink our pre-COVID strategies and plan for recovery in this three-part series. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way nonprofits deliver services and programming and continuing to pursue our pre-COVID-19 strategies is not an option. Steve will discuss how nonprofits can make it through this crisis, emerge better, and be even more valuable to our communities for greater impact. The series consist of: Session 1 – The Opportunity of a Crisis (May 14); Session 2 - How to Adapt Your Strategy (May 21); and Session 3 – Create a New Future for a New Normal (May 28).  Register for the three-part series  here .

Nonstop Presents: Workplace Strategies to Support Mental Health, Thursday, May 28, 10 – 11 a.m. PT: Nonstop Administration and Insurances Services, an NAO partner, will be hosting Laura Green, SHRM-CP of Nonprofit HR, who will share how employers can best support their employees during these uncertain times. She’ll discuss tangible, simple solutions to help employees feel connected to the organization, as well as provide resources to assist with finding personal peace of mind. Register for the session on Nonstop’s site  here.
 
QuickBooks Desktop Edition Made Easy for Nonprofits, June 16, 17 & 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT:  Gregg S. Bossen, CPA of QuickBooks Made Easy, is partnering with NAO to offer an updated three-part QuickBooks® training webinar for nonprofits.  This webinar is for the Desktop edition of Quickbooks . Gregg will cover the basics of setting up and entering transactions specifically for nonprofits, an overview of the software updates included in the QuickBooks® 2018 Desktop Edition, as well as advanced topics covering a host of specific processes that will help you do more helpful and amazing things! Register for the three-part webinar  here .

QuickBooks Online Edition Made Easy for Nonprofits, June 23, 24 & 25, 11 a.m. – 1 pm. PT:  Gregg S. Bossen, CPA of QuickBooks Made Easy, is partnering with NAO to offer an updated three-part QuickBooks® training webinar for nonprofits.  This webinar is for the Online edition of Quickbooks.  Gregg will cover the basics of setting up and entering transactions specifically for nonprofits, an overview of the software updates included in the QuickBooks® 2018 Online Edition, as well as advanced topics covering a host of specific processes that will help you do more helpful and amazing things! Register for the three-part webinar  here .
Other Updates  

May 5 – Global Day of Giving and Unity:  Giving Tuesday , the nonprofit behind the annual day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, has designated “global day of giving and unity” on May 5 as an emergency response to the COVID-19 virus.  #GivingTuesdayNow  is a way to come together to create a wave of generosity, community engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. #GivingTuesdayNow is not just about asking for or making a donation. Its focus is to help people demonstrate community engagement and generosity by helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue or sharing a skill, while complying with public health guidelines – support your local Oregon nonprofits that’s most appropriate for you! 
 
Oregon Business’  100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon survey launched: Oregon Business has launched its 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon survey for 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has created a lot of uncertainties for organizations across all sectors of the economy, including Oregon’s nonprofits. It is more important than ever to keep communication flowing with employees as many are working remotely. Register for Oregon Business’ 2020 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon survey to find out how satisfied your employees are and what their concerns are in these uncertain times. Taking time to listen to your employees will set you up to be an even stronger organization. Join our effort to support strong workplace culture and celebrate successful employers by participating in the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon survey. The survey must be completed by mid-July. Click here for  survey information ; to register for the survey, click  here .

Sincerely,
Jim White
Executive Director
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