August 19, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters,
We are all watching with concern at the emerging humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan as the Taliban sweeps back into power after 20 years. For any who served or worked there and the families that supported them, the rapid deterioration, bungled evacuation; and pleading videos of Afghan citizens asking for a way out are especially difficult to watch. Ironically, today is the national Independence Day for Afghanistan marking their release from British control in 1919. Like in so many other situations when governance structures deteriorate or are unable (or unwilling) to do their job, local nonprofits and international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) will work hard to fill the void. 

Here at home, it is heartening to hear that Oregon lawmakers Senator Kayse Jama and Representative Khanh Pham, as well as the Governor, have sent letters to our U.S. Congressional delegation offering Oregon as a resettlement site for Afghans being displaced by the rapid change in their country. They have also urged President Biden to lift the refugee admission cap for greater numbers of refugees. Here again, nonprofits like IRCOMuslim Educational Trust, and Catholic Charities will be the organizations to support that resettlement and help those that helped us, some for as many as 20 years. 

I am glad that there is a nonprofit sector both there and here to support people when governments fail.
Stay healthy and be safe, 
 
Jim White 
NAO Executive Director 
NAO News
Nominations Are Open to Join NAO’s Board of Directors Until 5 p.m. on August 27  

NAO is growing our Board of Directors and looking for people who have the energy and drive to advocated on behalf of the nonprofit sector. We are seeking four individuals willing to commit and serve at least one three (3) year term beginning January 2022. While we are accepting applications statewide, in order to ensure that our board is representative of the diversity of our state, NAO has established a set of criteria that will help us in the screening process for selecting new board members for the NAO board. For more information on our criteria and to apply, click here.
Nonprofit News
The Nonprofit Sector Gained Nearly 70,000 Jobs In July 
 
The Center for Civil Society Studies has been tracking the impact of the pandemic on employment. In July, the nonprofit sector made significant gains in job recovery. 
 
Their report notes that the educational field continued its recent strong recovery trend, adding over 28,300 jobs — an increase of nearly 15% during the month over June. Employment in religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations grew by over 20% during the month, adding over 10,000 total jobs, and nonprofit arts, entertainment, and recreational organizations added over 8,000 jobs in July, increasing employment in this sector by more than 11% over June’s numbers. Also notable was the increase in nonprofit jobs in the social assistance field, which added over 13,000 jobs in July, a gain of 5% over where it stood in June. Nonprofit health care institutions, meanwhile, added nearly 16,000 jobs during July — a gain of nearly 7% over June’s levels. To read their entire July jobs report, click here.
At the State Level
Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Fell To 5.2% In July

Oregon’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2% in July, from 5.6% in June. Oregon’s jobless rate is slightly below the national rate of 5.4%, but still above the record low unemployment rates Oregon experienced prior to the pandemic. Nonfarm payroll employment grew by 20,000 jobs in July, surpassing the average gains for the prior six months. The largest job growth was in government — primarily local government, including schools — and in leisure and hospitality. To read more, click here


Oregon lawmakers have started the process to draw the state and federal district maps to accurately represent their communities. Oregon’s redistricting process is expected to put public input at its core. Lawmakers on the House and Senate redistricting committees are preparing to embark on a listening tour that will solicit opinions about how maps are drawn from communities across the state. Legislature announced that constituents are being vigorously encouraged by both Democrats and Republicans to chime in at public hearings scheduled to begin Sept. 8. To learn more about how to participate, click here.
At the Federal Level
SNAP Expanded

The Biden administration approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food aid available to needy families through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The increase amounts to the largest single increase in the program’s history. Starting in October, average benefits for food stamps will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. The increased assistance will be available indefinitely to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries.

The increase coincides with the end of a 15 percent boost in SNAP benefits that was ordered as a pandemic protection measure. That benefit expires at the end of September. You can read more about these important changes in a great article by OPB.

Federal Reserve COVID Impact survey closing soon!

As we mentioned in our last updates, the Federal Reserve System and several national partners are fielding a survey to report how the effects of COVID-19 are changing within low- to moderate-income communities and organizations serving them. NAO is working as part of this coalition. Please help by taking this survey today. (Please only complete the survey once per organization.)
NAO's Upcoming Learning and Convening Opportunities

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. Please scroll through and sign-up today! 
NAO 2021 Networks

Registration for individual network sessions is open! NAO’s networks take place across the state and we will be holding network sessions from September through June of 2022. All of our Portland networks will be livestreamed for anybody who would rather attend online. Members can purchase our Member Pass for a deep discount and priority registration for up to 10 sessions. Members and non-members can also purchase individual tickets to any sessions. 

September Portland and Virtual Network Sessions:

Fundraising in the New Environment - Tackling Long-Term Change While Meeting Today's Needs
September 15, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Laurel McCombs, The Osborne Group
Every organization has long-term goals it's looking to reach, whether it be growing major gifts, shifting portfolio balance, or building a powerhouse board, but too often those long-term goals are pushed off by short-term revenue requirements or immediate demands. Through a combination of focusing on vision and big impact, shifting philanthropic culture, and implementing processes and systems that support better time and priority management, you can achieve both short and long-term development goals. You will leave feeling empowered to manage short-term needs while strategically moving forward toward your big, transformational goals. More details and registration information here

Leveraging the New Environment to Advance Organizational Equity and Inclusion
September 23, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Cliff Jones, Capacity Building Partnerships
The past two years have brought us new levels of challenges in advancing organizational equity and inclusion efforts. We now find ourselves looking at equity and inclusion through the lens of disparities created by and related to COVID-19, the movement for racial justice, climate change, and political polarization. How do we live into what we have learned? Join us for this session to learn how nonprofit leaders can leverage the new environment we find ourselves in to advance organizational equity and inclusion efforts. More details and registration information here.

How Are Nonprofits Responding to Our New Reality Through HR?
September 30, 7:30 a.m. 10 a.m. | Presenter: Mark Kajitani, IRCO
How are nonprofits moving forward using an HR lens to reimagine their success? This session will share four core strategies Oregon nonprofits are using to adjust to new business realities: Caring for Employees: Employee Assistance Plans; Staffing Crisis: Are you becoming the side-hustle; Workplaces Conflict: Pay Equity's Definition; Hybrid, Hoteling, and rethinking space. More details and registration information here.

September Central Oregon Session:

Strategic Fundraising in an Uncertain World
September 29, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Ron Frey, Frey Resource Group
The last two years have shown that the world around us can be volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous and we know that constant change can completely upend your organization's fundraising efforts. This session is designed to give you hope as well as practical strategies to turn your fundraising campaigns into a positive force even during uncertain times. You’ll leave with tools to help you focus on the most strategic fundraising moves to make right now and build a powerful framework for long term success in donor development. More details and registration information here.

September Southern Oregon Session:

Strategic Fundraising in an Uncertain World
September 30, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Ron Frey, Frey Resource Group
The last two years have shown that the world around us can be volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous and we know that constant change can completely upend your organization's fundraising efforts. This session is designed to give you hope as well as practical strategies to turn your fundraising campaigns into a positive force even during uncertain times. You’ll leave with tools to help you focus on the most strategic fundraising moves to make right now and build a powerful framework for long term success in donor development. More details and registration information here.

Upcoming October Sessions:

The Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership
October 13, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Steve Patty, Ph.D., Dialogues In Action
Location: Portland and Virtual
In this session, we will explore the principles of adaptive leadership and their application to the nonprofit sector. More details and registration information here.

Strategic Fundraising in an Uncertain World
October 19, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Ron Frey, Frey Resource Group
Location: Southern Willamette Valley Oregon
In this session, you’ll learn tools to help you focus on the most strategic fundraising moves to make right now and how to build a powerful framework for long term success in donor development. More details and registration information here.

Compliance Concerns and Considerations for Federal Funds
October 21, 7:30 a.m. 10 a.m. | Presenter: Lesley Bennett, CFO Selections
Location: Portland and Virtual
This session will address compliance issues and answer all your questions about Federal funding compliance. More details and registration information here.

How to Manage the Opportunities and Challenges of Shifts in Funding
October 27, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Lesley Bennett, CFO Selections
Location: Central Oregon
This session will address compliance issues and answer all your questions about Federal funding compliance. More details and registration information here.
 
How to Manage the Opportunities and Challenges of Shifts in Funding
October 28, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Lesley Bennett, CFO Selections
Location: Southern Oregon
This session will address compliance issues and answer all your questions about Federal funding compliance. More details and registration information here.

These sessions are Member Pass eligible!
NAO Member Pass holders may register for events across all six of NAO’s networks. The unique discount code may be used for 10 registrations (per pass). Passes are shareable across your organization - Purchase now through October 31, 2021.
 
Nonprofit Learning Cohorts

Effective Board Management for Small Nonprofits - Intensive
September 22 to November 17, 11 – 12:15 p.m. (PT) | Facilitator: Jess Hampton, NAO
Join a cohort of nonprofit leaders to learn about board management best practices while gaining insight from each other’s challenges and solutions, and problem solving together. This eight-week cohort is for new and potential board members who want to understand the fundamentals of board service, seasoned board members looking to increase their board’s effectiveness, and staff and volunteers who support the board. Each session will include a facilitated training component as well as discussion-based peer learning opportunities. More details and registration information here

Grantwriting for Results - Intensive
September 22 to November 10, 12 – 1 p.m. (PT) | Facilitator: Allison Shirk, Spark The Fire Grantwriting Classes
This expanded series is an advanced learning cohort in grantwriting and grants management through a combination of online study and weekly zoom meetings for problem-based and case-based discussion. By the end of this eight-week course, you will have completed a grant proposal with your instructor’s individualized, guided assistance and peer review. The course will also teach you where to find grants, how to write grant reports, ethics, and how to build relationships with grantmakers so that you have all the information you need to write and manage grants successfully. Participants who complete the grant proposal will receive a digital badge and electronic Certificate in Grantwriting from Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes. More details and registration information here

Rural Convening Opportunities

Fall 2021 Learn at Lunch Series
Are you on a nonprofit board or staff member looking for practical training and tools to strengthen your organizational leadership skills? Join NAO for an opportunity to learn at one of our regional Learn at Lunch sessions. Each series is made up of four, one-hour sessions held each week over the lunch hour, in person. We'll provide bite-sized training in Board Management, Board Recruitment & Retention, Engaging Your Board in Fundraising and Finance Fundamentals. Sessions are provided a la carte, so you can join us for all of them – or what topic you think is most applicable to your work now.
 
Upcoming Learn at Lunches are taking place throughout the state: Philomath (Sept 16 - Oct 7); McMinnville (Oct 7 - Nov 4); and Roseburg (Oct 21 - Nov 11). More details and registration information, click here.

NAO Webinars

Board Bright: NAO's Quarterly Board Roles & Responsibilities Training
October 5, 3 – 4:30 p.m. (PT) | 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.
If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact NAO's Training Program Coordinator at training@nonprofitoregon.org.
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