April 22, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters, 
 
Happy Earth Day! We are so lucky to have so many different nonprofits that care about and help steward the incredible natural resources of Oregon. All across the state, from our coastal beaches through the forested mountains and lakes to the sage-covered high desert, nonprofits are protecting and restoring our natural environment, protecting flora and fauna, and keeping Oregon a beautiful place to live. I want to thank all of them for the important work they do, many of them working completely with volunteer power! 

Today, our friends at the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts (COLT), together with their Land Trust members from across the state released this beautiful map. In their announcement, COLT’s Executive Director Kelley Beamer states, “We realized there was no one-stop source to find land trust places you can visit in Oregon. So we made one for you!”
 
These 81 places include more than 100,000 acres—roughly the same size as the Oregon State Parks system. The goal is that Oregonians will add these places to the list of outdoor treasures they already enjoy—our neighborhood park, state parks, national forests, and even our own backyards. 

With another sunny day today, I hope that you all get a chance to get outdoors and enjoy all the grandeur of Oregon!

Stay healthy and be safe,

Jim White
NAO Executive Director
Nonprofit News

In remembrance of Chris Krenk
 
We are saddened by the news of former NAO board member and board President, Chris Krenk’s passing over the weekend. For those of you who had the pleasure of meeting or working with Chris, you would know his deep passion for nonprofits and the work that we do. Chris served as Albertina Kerr’s Chief Executive Officer for 26 years before retiring in 2016. We are fortunate to have had Chris serve on NAO’s Board of Directors for six years – two of which he held as board President. Chris stepped into the role of NAO board President during a critical time in NAO’s development as an organization and in many ways paved the way for many of our successes today. Chris will be deeply missed in the nonprofit community and we thank him for his service and commitment to our work. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Neil and their children Hannah, Elliot and Miranda. At Chris' request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Instead, he asked that friends and loved ones consider a donation to Albertina Kerr Center or the Oregon Food Bank. Read more about Chris here.

Value of volunteer time increased to national avg. of $28.54 per hour!
 
Helping each other in communities is a deeply held Oregonian value – some volunteer as a part of their faith practice, others volunteer as part of national or community-driven calls to action. No matter what kind of volunteer work someone does, they are contributing in invaluable ways. Earlier this week the Independent Sector released new data indicating the national average value of a volunteer time went up in 2020 to $28.54, a 4.9% increase compared to 2019. On a state-level, Oregon’s volunteer value also increased from $26.39 (2019) to $28.22 (2020).
 
Although we are nearing the end of National Volunteer Week, let us continue to celebrate and honor those who continue to volunteer year-around. Volunteerism is at the heart of a vibrant civil society, and has been a unique part of what makes our country great for as long as the country has existed. It is the engine of nonprofit organizations working across the U.S. to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of all who live there.
At the Federal Level

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal opening
The Small Business Administration (SBA) hopes to reopen the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal by the end of this week. The SBA said in a news release that its technology team and vendors are focused on testing the portal, which was forced to shut down due to technical issues only hours after it opened on April 8. The SBA said last week that its vendors have fixed the root cause of the initial problems but that more in-depth risk analysis and stress tests identified other issues that affect application performance.

An updated user guide and FAQs will be made available in advance of the application portal opening. Nonprofit organizations that want to make use of this program may continue to register for a portal account in the meantime.

Census Bureau 2021 Data Training Series
 
NAO encourages you to attend the free webinars the U.S. Census Bureau are hosting in May! Designed for the novice data user, the 2021 Data Summit Series will provide a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist organizations and businesses to identify data-driven solutions to challenges. Learn how your responses to Census Bureau surveys are used to create publicly available data products, how to explore data tools on census.gov, and discover how you can utilize those tools to help transform your communities. All sessions begin at 11 a.m. (PT) and will last approximately 90 minutes. Space is limited, so be sure to sign-up early!



  • May 12 – Economic Recovery: Workforce PatternsAnalyze commuting patterns and workforce characteristics at the state and sub-state geographic levels as shown in the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program.


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 sessions for April and May. Please scroll through and sign-up today!

Convening Opportunity 
 
South Coast Area Learn at Lunch Series
Are you on a nonprofit board or staff member in Coos or Curry County looking for practical training and tools to strengthen your organizational leadership skills? Come learn with us at our South Coast Learn at Lunch series! Each session is one-hour long, held on Zoom and are provided a la carte, so you can join us for all of them. Please see the links for more information and we hope to see you there!
 
 
NAO has a limited number of scholarships available for organization based in rural, and/or BIPOC lead and serving organizations. Scholarships will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Please contact training@nonprofitoregon.org if you would like to be considered for a scholarship with a brief description of your need.

Webinar Sessions

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. With every event we dive deeper into understanding what core elements are essential for fundraising events as well as what works uniquely in the virtual format. In this session, we will share the key strategic learnings you to run a successful virtual event. 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 LLC
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
Explore specific budget building methodologies that work the best and how to achieve a collaborative, well-conceived, and impactful tool for the organization. This webinar session will be especially timely for organizations who have a June 30 fiscal 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 picture with numbers. See different ways to present financial information to communicate your story and help stakeholders including the board, management, and funders understand the work and the financial picture of your organization. More details and registration information here.
 
Breaking Down HR Law for Small Nonprofit Employers
Tuesday, May 18, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Christine Frazer, Christine Frazer HR Strategist
Human resource laws can be difficult to grasp. In this session we’ll break down these laws into understandable and actionable items as it relates to nonprofit employers. This hour will be all about asking and answering all those questions you’ve been too afraid to ask. More details and registration information here.
 
Managing Staff in 2021 - How are Nonprofit Employers Innovating for Success?
Tuesday, May 25, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Christine Frazer, Christine Frazer HR Strategist
With the pandemic carrying into 2021, we’ve had to learn how to manage remote employees, keep staff safe, possibly downsize, all while maintaining a positive work culture. Learn about ways other nonprofits are innovating and breaking barriers to be successful. This course is perfect for nonprofits that have between 1-25 employees. More details and registration information here.
 
Learning Cohorts

Grantwriting Fundamentals
May 5 through June 2, Noon – 1:15 p.m. PT | Facilitator: Allison Shirk, Spark The Fire Grantwriting Classes
Explore the big picture of writing grants and discuss the detailed nuances of the proposal writing process. In this cohort participants will discover resources for finding grants; develop strategies for gaining visibility and building relationships with grantmakers; and discover what makes the difference between a good proposal and a great one. More details and registration information here.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Leader Cohort
May 19 through January 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT | Facilitated by: Capacity Building Partnership (CBP)
Our friends at CBP are offering a virtual nine-month in-depth DEIJ Leader Cohort for executives, directors, and others who have significant decision-making authority around DEIJ in their organizations. Participants will engage in a comprehensive experience that will challenge your mindset, advance your leadership, deepen your DEIJ analysis, and build your leadership to implement and integrate DEIJ into the fabric of your organization. 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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