April 08, 2021
White House Briefing Summary

Today, NAO Board President Rick Jung and NAO Public Policy Chair Raziah Roushan were invited to attend a special briefing with the White House Office organized by Independent Sector. The discussion was with Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement, and Gene Sperling, the White House American Rescue Plan (ARP) Coordinator and centered on both the ARP and the American Jobs Plan announced last week. The below are their reflections on the discussion. 

Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters, 
 
We had the chance to participate in a virtual meeting this morning hosted by Independent Sector and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Team. This was an opportunity to learn more about the rollout of the American Rescue Plan and the administrative philosophy that served to underpin the funding and its anticipated outcomes. It was an extremely enlightening presentation with the following key takeaways.

First and foremost, this was an historic opportunity in terms of leveraging government and nonprofit sector partnerships. We are fortunate that our friends at Independent Sector invited NAO to this special White House briefing. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was built with the idea that the provided funding will serve as a catalyst for longer-termed systemic change. These funds are meant to address issues ranging from housing inequity, childhood poverty, infrastructure across a spectrum of areas including employment, broadband and roads and facilities. What was clearly being presented is that funding in and by itself doesn’t solve long-term problems, but the collaboration and partnership between government and the nonprofit sector can create programmatic solutions that create lasting change. It was pointed out time and again that for the ARP to be deemed a success it must not only provide short-term solutions to pressing concerns but provide a clearly defined roadmap for addressing these systemic issues over the long-term. It isn’t enough to just address COVID-19 if it doesn’t result in strategies to address and resolve these issues into the future.

Second, it is imperative that government and nonprofits work in tandem to ensure the overall success of the ARP. The officials and nonprofit leaders who presented understand that programmatic innovation happens at the grassroots level. It is the ability of government to encourage and foster these street-level innovations that will lead to long-term sustainable success.

Given that the ARP was formulated with a longer-termed strategy in mind, it clearly is focused on getting funds into the communities where it will have immediate impact. This is just the first salvo in what the current administration feels in a longer initiative to address the systemic issues that face our communities. The heart and soul of this plan is the partnership between government the nonprofit sector. Government seeks to tap into the innovations and connections that this sector brings to the table in helping to target funding and resources that are strategic and impactful across the country. It was articulated over and over again that if the ARP doesn’t result in additional funding, then this plan will be considered a failure. There is a lot riding on the success of the American Rescue Plan, now it’s all about implementation.

Sincerely,

Rick Jung, NAO Board President
Raziah Roushan, NAO Public Policy Chair
Oregon Nonprofit News

100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon – Registration now open! 
 
We are excited to announce that NAO is once again partnering with Oregon Business to launch the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon survey for 2021. Oregon Business’ 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon survey is used to find out how satisfied your employees are and what their concerns might be – 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 July 20, 2021. As always, participation is at no-cost to you. Participating organizations must have a minimum of 10 Oregon-based employees and/or volunteers who work at least 20 hours per month. For survey information, click here; to register for the survey, click here
 
Navigating Through the COVID Era – a Survey for Nonprofit Executives 
 
We are partnering with our friends atPublic Interest Management Group (PIMG) who we have worked with in the past to bring you real-time data and trends in the nonprofit sector. Through April, they are conducting a survey to collect data on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you, your team, and your organization. We invite all senior managers of nonprofits to take this 10-minute survey to help illuminate the impacts of the crisis on your organizations. Your responses are confidential. We will be reporting the findings of the Oregon-specific data as compared to national data in a future update. The information will also inform approaches to supporting the nonprofit sector in the year ahead. The deadline to complete this survey is next week Friday, April 16 – Take survey
Upcoming Online Sessions

NAO offers practical, affordable learning and convening programs in a variety of formats, including conferences, resource round-ups, informational sessions and mini-workshops through webinars, and deeper-dive learning through virtual learning cohorts. We have added quite a few new session for April and May. Please scroll through and sign-up today!

Webinar Sessions

Renewing Your Strategy and Readying Your Nonprofit for a Capital Campaign 
Tuesday, April 13, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Mike Westby, Westby Associates, Inc.  
Learn how to develop and assess long-term vision goals and determine whether a capital campaign is appropriate and timely as a strategic initiative for your organization. More details and registration information here

Nonprofit Business Adaptation & Financial Strategy for 2021 
Thursday, April 15, 10 – Noon PT | Presenter: Scott Schaffer, PIMG 
In this two-hour session, we will help nonprofit leaders visualize and chart a financial strategy to proactively address the short- and longer-term impacts of the crisis that continues into 2021. Participants will develop a conceptual framework to pave a pathway toward financial sustainability amid uncertainty. More details and registration information here

The Future of Fundraising Events in 2021 and Beyond 
Tuesday, April 27, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Samantha Swaim, Swaim Strategies 
The transition to virtual fundraising has been a year of learning. In this session, we will share the good, the bad, and the key strategic learnings. If you have a virtual event coming up, we'll give you the key strategic elements you need in place to be successful. More details and registration information here
 
Creating Inclusion for the Visible & Invisible Members of the LGBTQ+ Community 
Thursday, April 29, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presented by: Kaig Lightner, Quantum Gender
Take a deep dive into the assumptions that we all make as a result of our society's reliance on the gender binary system. If you are interested in developing a greater understanding of ways you and your organization can be more supportive and affirming of transgender and non-binary members of the LGBTQ+ community, this session is for you. More details and registration information here.  
 
Building Effective Budgets for Your Nonprofit Organization 
Tuesday, May 4, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Todd Kimball, CFO Selections 
A budget is often a guide to help nonprofits plan for the future or evaluate its financial health. Explore specific budget building methodologies that work the best and how to achieve a collaborative, well-conceived, and impactful tool for the organization. This will be especially timely for organizations who have a June 30 Financial Year End. More details and registration information here
 
Different Ways to Present and Communicate Your Financial Statements 
Wednesday, May 12, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Erin Zollenkopf, SMJ 
Financial statements help you understand the work of a nonprofit; they paint a story with numbers. See different ways to present financial information to communicate your story and help users including the board, management, and funders understand the work and the financial picture of your organization. More details and registration information here
 
Learning Cohorts
 
Creating a Strong Volunteer Program for Small, Rural Nonprofits 
April 12 through May 10, Noon – 1:15 p.m. PT | Facilitator: Jess Hampton, NAO 
Are you a small, rural nonprofit that utilizes volunteers but doesn’t have a robust system for recruitment and retention? Join a group of your peers for this five-session interactive series that will help you create a strong volunteer program that provides a framework for organizational success and benchmarks for volunteer engagement and satisfaction. More details and registration information here
 
Building a Robust Financial Strategy: Cohort Group for Nonprofit Executive Directors 
April 29 through May 27, 8 – 9:15 a.m. PT | Facilitator: Scott Schaffer, PIMG 
Are you an executive director wrestling with the financial implications of a year of great uncertainty? Learn how to define and gauge financial performance, address business model challenges, right-size your staff and programs, invest in the people who drive your organization’s success and enhance your financial leadership role. More details and registration information here

If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact NAO's Training Program Coordinator at training@nonprofitoregon.org.
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