August 5, 2021
  • Do you love Oregon nonprofits and all they stand for? 
  
  • Are you ready to use your talent and time to help build the nonprofit sector’s voice and visibility? 
  
  • Are you passionate about ensuring nonprofits are effective in serving Oregon’s communities? 
  
  • Do you want to have an integral role in helping nonprofits to connect, improve, and advance their missions so all Oregonians can grow and thrive? 
  
  • Are you committed to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives throughout the nonprofit sector? 
 
If this sounds like you or someone you know, we would love to hear from you! The Nonprofit Association of Oregon 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. 
 
Who Are We?  The Nonprofit Association of Oregon is the statewide nonprofit membership organization representing and supporting charitable nonprofits of all sizes, geographic locations and missions across Oregon. NAO’s mission is to serve public benefit nonprofits by strengthening the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the lives of all Oregonians. NAO’s vision is that Oregon’s nonprofits are visible and valued as essential contributors to society. We are deeply invested in our core values: Collaboration, Equity and Inclusion, Excellence, Impact, Learning, Service and Stewardship. NAO is committed to building a more just and equitable Oregon as stated in our Equity Statement.  
  
What Do We Believe?  We believe that nonprofits keep our communities vibrant and healthy, create and magnify public benefits, catalyze opportunities to participate in civic affairs and enrich cultural life. We also believe nonprofits provide needed services, address inequities, and create innovative solutions to community issues. By representing and supporting charitable nonprofits of all sizes and geographic locations across Oregon, NAO strives to convene, build capacity, promote best practices and be a thought leader in helping nonprofits build a thriving, vital, and equitable Oregon. 
 
Qualifications:  Membership on the Board of Directors is open to anyone with a demonstrated commitment to advancing the interests of Oregon's nonprofit sector. We strive to select a slate of candidates that is inclusive and broadly representative of the State of Oregon's growing diversity, as well as ensuring that all regions of the state and varied nonprofit sub-sectors have a place at the table. We have listed four specific sets of criteria that will help us in selecting our final slate of candidates.  
 
  1. NAO is committed to ensuring that our board continues to nurture and advance leadership opportunities within communities of color and new emerging leaders who are just beginning their careers in the nonprofit sector. 
  2. NAO seeks to create a board that ensures broad geographic representation within the state.  In particular, we are hoping to find new board members from Southern Oregon and Eastern Oregon with lived and learned experience of rural Oregon.  
  3. Areas of expertise currently needed by the corporate entity include: Accounting or Financial Planning, Legal Expertise and Governmental Affairs and Public Policy. 
  4. Unique areas of expertise that can broaden the perspective of the board include (but are not limited to): Environmental and Climate Change, Land Usage and Sustainable Community Development, and Health and Human Services. 
 
NAO Board Members are also expected to:  
 
  • Uphold the basic legal responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors.  
  • Maintain active membership in NAO.  
  • Seek to promote and serve as an ambassador of NAO in the broader community.  
  • Attend at least 75% of board and committee meetings in person, or by virtual meeting.  
  • Actively engages in NAO’s pursuit to institutionalize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in its policies and practices.  
  • Serve on at least one board committee.  
  • Make a personal contribution to NAO at a level that is meaningful to you.  
 
If you are interested in applying to join NAO’s Board of Directors, please submit your application here.  
 
If you have someone in mind that you believe meets these requirements and would like to nominate them, please contact us at nominations@nonprofitoregon.org with the individual's first and last name, email and phone number. 
 
Sincerely, 
Noreen Dunnells, President and CEO of United Way Lane County 
NAO Board of Directors Recruitment Chair 
 

 
Nonprofit News
 
NAO Fall Programming Is Almost Here 
 
Our fall programming schedule is full of learning and networking sessions that focus on a range of topics from financial management to employee wellness to advancing your organizations DEI initiatives.  
 
Individual tickets will be going on sale in the coming weeks, but if you’re an NAO Member you have the opportunity to purchase a Member Pass now to save up to 30% on individual ticket prices and to gain priority registration to all of NAO’s network events.  
 
If you aren’t an NAO Member yet, this is the right time to join! All of NAO’s programming is offered at a deep discount to our members. Becoming an NAO Member today could save you up to 60% on our 2021 and 2022 network programs. Check out the other benefits to NAO Membership and join today

Member Highlight – Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts 
 
“The Oregon I Am” is all about exploring, having fun, and connecting with the land and to each other; and camping is one of our favorite ways to do all of the above! To make your next Oregon adventure even better, the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts is giving away a brand new camping kit to one lucky winner. 
 
To be entered to win, submit your “Oregon I Am” video at theoregoniam.org by midnight on August 15 or record your story at one of their in-person recording events! One lucky person will take home a brand new camping kit, valued at $550. 
 
The camping kit includes: 
Skyroom 4-Person Coleman Tent ($120) 
Legacy 54 Cooler ($150) 
(2) REI Frostbreak Sleeping Bags ($238) 
Lendsenger MT6 Flashlight ($40) 

At the State Level
New Rules To Protect Oregon Workers From Wildfire Smoke 
 
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has enacted temporary wildfire smoke rules that will require employers to provide N95 masks to employees when the Air Quality Index reaches more than 101. The AQI scale peaks at 500 with anything over 100 having the potential to affect people’s health. The AQI categorizes air quality in six categories: good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy and hazardous. The rule also requires hazard training and education on the health effects of wildfire smoke, reducing smoke exposure by adding a filtration process when the AQI reaches 201 and clearly announcing when the air quality has reached unhealthy levels.  

COVID-19 Updates 
 
NAO is continuing to monitor the effects of the pandemic in Oregon and we are paying particular attention to the new variants emerging throughout the country. As more information is learned about Delta, Delta Plus, and Lambda, NAO is monitoring all updates from the CDC, OSHA, OHA, and the state government. As of the writing of this newsletter, there are recommendations and guidelines in place for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.  
 
If you’re feeling sick, visit here to find a COVID-19 testing site in your area. If you are looking for a vaccine, visit here to locate where you can receive your free COVID-19 vaccination in your community.


At the Federal Level
Senate Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework 

The Senate is working through nearly 400 amendments to the bipartisan infrastructure bill; the full list can be found here: 2021 Infrastructure Tracker. Leader Schumer reportedly is planning to file a cloture motion on Thursday that could come up for a vote this weekend or Monday. Timing is uncertain because the chamber is expected to be in recess on Friday so Senators can attend the funeral of former Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY). 
 
As reported earlier, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act being debated on the Senate floor would cancel the availability of the Employee Retention Tax Credit for the fourth quarter (Oct. – Dec.) of 2021 for a reported savings of $8.2 billion. Nonprofit advocacy efforts are underway to see if a) nonprofits could be carved out of the cancellation (so the ERTC could still apply for nonprofits), b) the definition of nonprofit “gross receipts” could be modified so more nonprofits could qualify, and c) clarification could be made that forgiven PPP loans do not count as “gross receipts” for ERTC purposes. It’s extremely unlikely that an amendment could get drafted, introduced, and approved in this environment and on such short timeline, but our coalition of state and national associations is trying. More on this as it develops. 
  
More on the ERTC 

Yesterday, the Treasury Department and IRS issued Notice 2021-49 which provides guidance on the revisions to the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) enacted in the American Rescue Plan Act, including determining qualified wages paid after June 30, 2021 and before January 1, 2022. It amplifies two prior notices (2021-20 and 2021-23). The IRS made clear in its announcement that it "will continue to monitor potential legislation related to the ERC..." (see above.) Notice 2021-49 also clarifies several provisions: 
  • The rules relating to the interaction between Payroll Protection Program loans and the ERTC continue to apply for determining the credit for the third and fourth quarter (i.e. wages cannot be claimed for both PPP and ERTC).   
  • Only full-time employees (those working 30 hours or more per month) are counted in determining whether an employer is a large or small ERC employer, but employers can claim the qualified wages paid to full-time equivalents can be included in calculations of tax savings/refunds under the ERTC. 
  • ERTC qualification due to a decline in gross receipts (20 percent less for the third and fourth quarter) is made separately for each calendar quarter. 
 
Federal Reserve COVID Impact survey 

In 2020, the Federal Reserve System conducted four rounds of surveys to better understand the range of challenges facing under-resourced and low-income communities as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings are available in Perspectives from Main Street: The Impact of COVID-19 on Low- to Moderate-Income Communities and the Entities Serving Them, which helps us all understand how this crisis is impacting organizations, like yours, supporting community needs.  
  
In 2021, the Federal Reserve System and several national partners are fielding this 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 us by taking this survey today. 
  
If you have received the invitation to complete the survey from another entity, please only take the survey once. If you are an organization whose members work in low-income communities, we encourage you to forward the survey link to others who have unique knowledge of what is happening in their communities.  
  
Please click the link here to complete the survey.  

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! 

Save the Date for These Fall Conferences!

High Desert Conference
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center
Redmond, OR

Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Four Rivers Cultural Center
Ontario, OR

Planning for these day-long, in-person events is in full swing! NAO is working with local advisory groups on themes and content. More details will be available soon. In the meantime, save the date in your calendars so you don’t miss these amazing opportunities for skill-building and networking.

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 23 – Oct 18); McMinnville (Oct 7 – Nov 4); and Roseburg (Oct 21 – Nov 11). For more details and registration, click here


Webinar
 
The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint Course 
August 16 – October 18, 2021 | Presenter: Maryn Boess, GrantsMagic U 
In this comprehensive, on-your-own-schedule video-based, course from GrantsMagic U, Maryn Boess pulls back the curtain on what it really takes to be successful in the grants world. With a new video released each week, you’ll learn hundreds of tried-and-tested tools, strategies, how-to's and "insider's tips" to take you to your next level of grants success no matter where you're starting out. NAO members receive $100 off registration! More details and registration information here.

Community Events 
 
Rational Unicorn Legal Services have launched their “More You Glow” online seminar series which includes topics on marketing, nonprofits, resilience, community, and an array of legal topics for small businesses and creatives. All sessions are held on Tuesday’s and start for as little as $5. Be sure to check out their lineup of events here: The More You Glow Series by Rational Unicorn Legal Services Events | Eventbrite 

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

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