April 14, 2022

Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters,
It is hard to believe, but tomorrow marks NAO’s 45th Anniversary! In 1977, Kay Sohl and Jean DeMaster came up with a plan to serve nonprofits in Oregon and Technical Assistance for Community Services (TACS) was born. At this time, there were 639 registered public benefit nonprofits in Oregon. By 1997, TACS had launched the Nonprofit Fiscal Managers Association, the Executive Directors Network (that’s today’s Nonprofit Leaders Network), the Diversity Leaders Network (today’s Equity and Inclusion Network), Helpline, and more. By 2007, TACS had training networks in Bend, Astoria, Salem, Enterprise, and Medford. During this time, with a nonprofit steering committee, TACS had created the Nonprofit Association of Oregon as a membership program under the TACS umbrella. In 2010, NAO was formally accepted by the National Council of Nonprofits, and became Oregon’s nonprofit state membership association. While NAO has shifted and evolved with the growth of the nonprofit sector (there are over 23,000 charitable nonprofits registered in Oregon today!), we have held onto some of the beloved programming that was created more than 35 years ago. When Kay and Jean founded TACS back in 1977, Oregon was seeing a growing need for social services, grassroots organizations were popping up everywhere, and civic and community engagement was burgeoning – 45 years later, I am seeing similarities in Oregon’s communities now. There continues to be a great need for social services, grassroots organizations are being started by members of our community, and people are looking for ways to be more engaged. NAO aims to help nonprofit leaders and volunteers build their capacity to meet the needs of their communities across the state – we've been doing this work for 45 years and I know NAO will be doing this work for decades to come. 

Thank you for supporting us along the way – whether you’ve been with us since 1977 or if you just became an NAO member recently – we appreciate you and we couldn’t do our work without you. 

Cheers to another 45 years!
Jim White 
NAO Executive Director 
Join Our Team!
NAO is excited to be adding two full-time, regular, exempt positions. NAO is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring staff that represent the communities we serve. We offer a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, paid vacation and personal leave time, and participation in a 403(b)-retirement plan with an employer match. 
 
Membership Manager 
 
Are you passionate about serving Oregon’s nonprofit sector? Do you have the skills and desire to develop, manage, and steward member relationships? If yes, you might be the ideal candidate to become our next Membership Manager! The position is responsible for: developing, managing, and stewarding member relationships, programs, growth, and retention to ensure that NAO’s membership services and benefits are meeting the needs of our constituents. They will regularly interact and engage with nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers to mobilize around the valuable work that NAO does in the sector for and on behalf of Oregon’s nonprofit sector. Starting salary is $55,000. Position details here
 
Nonprofit Education Specialist 
 
Are you a nonprofit professional with experience in curriculum development and delivering high-impact experiential education? If you answered yes, you might be the ideal candidate to become a Nonprofit Education Specialist! This role plays a critical part in helping NAO to meet our mission by providing top-notch training to today's and tomorrow's nonprofit leaders. The ideal candidate has recent hands-on experience in nonprofit management. Candidates from communities around the state of Oregon will be considered. Starting salary is $60,000. Position details here
Nonprofit News
100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon: Survey is NOW OPEN!

NAO has once again partnered with Oregon Business to launch the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon survey for 2022. 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. New option for 2022: Customized, supplemental 100 Best survey questions. This year’s survey will offer employers the opportunity to solicit additional feedback from employees. You can find additional information regarding this opportunity here.

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, 2022. 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.  

Webinar: Health Insurance Literacy and the Surprising Impact it has on Recruitment, Retention and Cost

Join Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services, Inc. and healthcare concierge service provider TouchCare, for a webinar event designed to support leaders – regardless if you qualify for Nonstop or not – in their efforts to be employers of choice in a complex labor market. 

In this brief 20-minute webinar on Thursday, May 19 at 10 a.m. PT, industry experts will join forces to discuss the importance and value of increasing employees’ health insurance literacy and its direct impact on retention, recruitment and the overall financial health of the organization. As an additional take-away, attendees will receive access to several educational tools that can be used to better inform, engage and enhance the literacy of the workforce.
At the Federal Level
DOL Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division convened a call this afternoon to hear from charitable nonprofits about what should and shouldn’t be included in forthcoming revisions to the overtime regulations and exemptions for white-collar employees. Phillip Kennedy-Wong, NAO’s new Director of Public Policy participated on behalf of Oregon’s nonprofit sector along with several of our colleagues from other state associations. We are all in sync on ensuring that the regulations include the need for nonprofit-specific guidance, our aversion to nonprofit carveouts, and the need for plenty of advance notice, both for planning purposes and grant negotiations. DOL has announced additional virtual Overtime listening sessions for May and June 2022, for both workers and employer stakeholders. These sessions are organized by region and the links we provided here are to the West region sessions. 
NAO's Upcoming Learning and Convening Opportunities
Virtual Networks

NAO will continue to hold all upcoming programming virtually through spring. We will be announcing dates and plans for in-person gatherings for certain events later this month.
 
Understanding Financial Statements 101: Reports and Tools You Need to Know 
April 19, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Erin Zollenkopf, Susan Matlack Jones & Associates 
Join us for an interactive workshop on how to read financial statements. In a lively and welcoming setting, you will become familiar with nonprofit accounting terminology and learn about the major financial statements used by nonprofits. Additionally, you will gain an understanding about what the numbers say about the health of your organization and how to use the information in assessing financial performance and decision-making. More details and registration information here

Employees vs. Contractors and Why It Matters
April 28, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Presenters: Vega Tom, CFO Selection and Michael Jonas, Rational Unicorn Legal Services PC
In this session, co-presenters Vega Tom of CFO Selections and Michael Jonas of Rational Unicorn Legal Services will provide an overview of the differences between employees and contractors and discuss how these distinctions can legally and financially affect your organization. More details and registration information here.
NAO Webinars

Board Bright: NAO's Quarterly Board Roles & Responsibilities Training 
April 20, 3 – 4:30 p.m. | Presenter: Jenn Clemo, NAO 
In this 90-minute webinar, participants will learn about the fundamentals of nonprofit governance and gain an understanding of the board’s role in the management of the organization. This quarterly learning opportunity is designed for emerging and seasoned board members alike, and anyone else looking for a governance refresh! More details and registration information here

Creating and Implementing a Culture of Feedback: Why It’s So Hard and What We Can Practically Do to Make It Easier
April 26, 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Presenter: Anna Young, Anna Young Consulting
We all know that, at least hypothetically, feedback is a gift. However, did you know that the levels of stress for people who have to give feedback are similar to those who are receiving it? In this 90-minute webinar, participants will look at the brain-science behind what makes giving and receiving feedback so hard; learn and reflect on a tool that overcomes some of these challenges; understand tips and strategies to make it more likely for feedback to be truly heard; and think about ways to create a culture of learning and feedback within our organizations. More details and registration information here.

Re-Centering: A Values-Based Approach to Navigating Challenges
April 27, 1 – 2 p.m. | Presenter: Michelle St. Romain Wilson, M.A., Wellspring Consulting
The last two years have brought unprecedented changes to nonprofit organizations. In this interactive webinar, we will take a look at where we are now, as individuals and as a collective community, as we begin to recover from the changes we continue to navigate. We will explore four ways we can re-center ourselves in our strengths, drawing on internal and external resources. Tools will be shared that can be used individually, with teams, or across organizations to support navigating the unique challenges we are facing in our work and personal lives. More details and registration information here.

QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits 3 Day Webinar Series: Desktop
May 24 – 26, 11 – 1:30 p.m. | Presenter: Gregg S. Bossen, QuickBooks Made Easy
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® Desktop Edition, as well as advanced topics covering a host of specific processes that will help you do more helpful and amazing things! Earn 7.5 hours of CPE credit. More details and registration information here.
 
QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits 3 Day Webinar Series: Online
May 31 – June 2, 11 – 1:30 p.m. | Presenter: Gregg S. Bossen, QuickBooks Made Easy
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® Online Edition, as well as advanced topics covering a host of specific processes that will help you do more helpful and amazing things! Earn 7.5 hours of CPE credit. More details and registration information here.
Nonprofit Leaders Cohorts

Take FIVE Training – The 5 Essential Steps to Focused Impactful Volunteer Engagement 
April 26, May 3, 10, 17, and 24 | Facilitator: Janet Capetty, Take FIVE Training 
Does your organization utilize volunteers? Would it surprise you to learn that 1/3 of those who volunteer have such an unsatisfactory experience, they never return to volunteer. Another 1/3 have such a negative experience, they search for another organization for their involvement. This five-session interactive series will help you identify ways to further your mission through a robust volunteer program. We’ll cover recruitment, screening, retention, recognition, volunteers in a virtual setting, and even discuss how to handle those challenging volunteers. More details and registration information here.

Untangling the Knots That Get in the Way of Communication
May 3, 10, 24, 31 and June 7 | Facilitator: Anna Young, Anna Young Consulting
As leaders, we know the importance of communication and we also know how hard it can be. This five-session interactive series will provide space to explore five areas where we know that communication trips us up. Using a brain-science approach, cohort leader Anna Young will help you gain a greater understanding into where the workings of our mind help and where they get in our way. She will provide you with tools and frameworks to support easier and more effective communication, while allowing you to practice with your peers and share best practices and tips. The sessions are designed to be applicable within the remote working environment as well as translate to a return to the workplace context. More details and registration information here.
If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact NAO's Training team at training@nonprofitoregon.org.
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