January 21, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters,

The inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris yesterday has enormous ramification for nonprofits and the communities and missions that they serve. With only hours into office, the new administration has already released several major reversals to previous policy on the COVID crisis, climate change, the 2020 census, immigration and a new round of stimulus checks. In the coming days and weeks, we expect that additional changes will come quickly, facilitated by control of both houses of Congress and based on the promises and platform laid out in their campaign.

Working with national organizations and our state association colleagues, NAO will regularly be analyzing the impacts of new and changed policies to understand the impacts on the charitable nonprofits and their missions. We will bring these to your attention as soon as we can.

I’m excited to share that today we released the latest episode of NAO’s The Public Space podcast – the first for 2021! In our episode – Reimagining the Nonprofit World – Shari Dunn, innovator, educator, thinker and CEO/Principal of ITBOM, Inc. joins NAO’s Lilisa Hall to reimagine the nonprofit world and alongside it, philanthropy. The discussion focuses on transforming the nonprofit world into an exciting, effective, and vital social enterprise. The Public Space features thought leaders who share strategic ideas and solutions that spark positive change in civil society. Be sure to check out our latest episode – subscribe to The Public Space today wherever you get your podcasts.
Stay Healthy and Stay Safe! 
Jim White
NAO Executive Director
Correction: Important information from the Oregon Department of Justice Charitable Activities Section:
Last week we shared information that some Oregon nonprofits had received letters from the Oregon Department of Justice Charitable Activities Section indicating they are negligent in submitting their required annual CT-12 going back several years. This was due to a glitch in their system and should be ignored. That information was accurate.

However, we do want to correct the information that we provided regarding nonprofits who were impacted by the Labor Day wildfires last year. We had indicated a July 15, 2021 deadline – we apologize that error and here is the correction. Only those nonprofits whose due dates for IRS filings between September 7, 2020 and January 14, 2021 were automatically extended to January 15, 2021. The IRS deadline extension does not have much of an impact on reports that would ordinarily be due after January 15, 2021. For further information, check out IRS announces tax relief for Oregon wildfires and straight-line winds victims. If you have questions regarding your nonprofit’s filings, please consult with your attorney, CPA, or contact the IRS Charities and Nonprofits and Oregon DoJ Charitable Activities Section.

We apologize for the error!
At the State Level:

The 81st Oregon Legislative Assembly was gaveled into session on Tuesday and committees have already begun their work in considering the bills before them. All Senate and House bills up for consideration and submitted testimony as well as schedules for hearing are available to the public through the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS).

NAO believes that advocacy is an important tool in the work of nonprofits to deliver their missions. If there are particular laws that are causing problems for your program participants or if there are specific policy hurdles that are blocking your nonprofit’s path to success, please consider advocating for changes. There are a whole set of tools that charitable nonprofits can use to advocate and even lobby our elected representatives. You can find more information on how to ensure you are doing that work confidently and legally here on the NAO website.

As a reminder, much of the legislative session and hearings will be held virtually. You can find information on how your organization can listen in or provide testimony on issues you care about here.

NAO will be tracking several bills that we believe impact the nonprofit sector and will be bringing you regular updates through the spring. 
At the Federal Level:

Paycheck Protection Program Updates

The newly refunded Paycheck Protection Program opened to all nonprofits and businesses on Tuesday. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has continued to issued additional guidance that provides clarity on the definition of important terms and calculation that nonprofits will need to use as they process 1st or 2nd draws of PPP. One big clarification is on what is meant by nonprofit "gross receipts." If your organization is thinking of applying for a 1st or 2nd draw, please be sure to take a look at these resources:

  • Form 3508S may be used by borrowers that received a PPP loan of $150,000 or less

NAO has also put together a quick refence guide to the Paycheck Protection Program and what you need to know about the changes and qualifying for forgiveness. Check out the new Fact Sheet here.
NAO will be hosting a PPP webinar tomorrow, Friday, January 22, 10 – 11 a.m. PT – more details and registration information here

The Year End COVID-19 Relief Aid Package: How Does it Impact Nonprofits? 

After months and months of drawn-out stalemates, the House, Senate, and White House finally enacted another COVID relief package as 2020 came to a close. The law contains several provisions that advocacy from nonprofits across the country – like yours – helped secure. Additional PPP loans, an extension of the above-the-line charitable deduction, and funding for performing arts venues are part of the law. For more information on what was included, you can view a recording of a nationwide webinar that the National Council of Nonprofits hosted last week to look at the programs that can benefit nonprofits. They also created this quick guide to nonprofit-related provisions.

President Biden called that relief package a “down payment” and knows more must be done to help our communities recover. He released an outline of a $1.9 trillion relief package last week. As negotiations over the next COVID relief bill commence in Congress, your voice will be needed to ensure that the nonprofit sector’s priorities are included. Help us continue to advocate for further #Relief4Charities by taking two minutes to share how the pandemic is affecting your nonprofit.
Upcoming Online Sessions
What’s New with PPP Round 2: Updates and Guidance – Panel Discussion, Friday, January 22, 10 – 11 a.m. PT: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has released updated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) interim final rules which incorporate new requirements. Join NAO and a panel of experts including Linda Navarro, President and CEO of the Oregon Bankers Association; Scott Bossom, Senior Vice President and Manager of Columbia Bank; and Todd Kimball, CPA Partner of CFO Selections to learn about what has been revised from the last PPP Loan process and how to apply for a second PPP Loan. More details and registration information here

Nonprofit Learning Cohort – Planning During Change, five Monday weekly interactive sessions – January 25 through February 22, Noon – 1:15 p.m. PT: Are you a nonprofit leader looking to rebound from the organizational and economic impacts of COVID-19? Not sure what is the best strategy or direction? Is your small organization adapting to the pandemic and planning for 2021 and beyond? Join Jess Hampton, NAO’s Learning Program Manager, as she guides and helps you create a practical plan for your nonprofit. More details and registration information here.
What Nonprofit Employers Need To Know About COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements, Wednesday, February 3, 10 – 11 a.m. PT: Oregonians have already started receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. But can employers require employees to be vaccinated? Should they? Aren’t newspaper headlines already saying “yes”? Not so fast – the solutions are more nuanced than you may have considered. P.K. Runkles-Pearson of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn will explain federal and Oregon laws on vaccination mandates and address the practical issues for nonprofit employers. More details and registration information here.
Nonprofit Learning Cohort – Grantwriting Fundamentals, five Wednesday weekly interactive sessions – February 3 through March 31, Noon – 1:15 p.m. PT: Join a group of your peers for this interactive series and embark on a unique journey and learning experience into the world of grantwriting. This webinar series is facilitated by Allison Shirk, Owner/Instructor of Spark the Fire Grantwriting, and is targeted to both beginning grantwriters and those who seek to advance their success. More details and registration information here.
Brain-Science Basics: Using Neuroscience to Strengthen Nonprofit Teams, Wednesday, February 10, 10 – 11 a.m. PT: Anna Young, Principal at Anna Young Leadership Coaching will help us understand the basics of brain science, how we can use this to create support for our nonprofit teams, and look at techniques to support our brains while we are in the work-from-home mode. More details and registration information here.
Virtual Project Impact Cohort, February 16 through August 17, 2021: Join Steve Patty, Ph.D. from Dialogues in Action for a Project Impact Cohort consisting of seven virtual half-day graduate-level sessions over seven months, individualized coaching for each organization, resulting in qualitative and quantitative findings to demonstrate and improve impact. There are openings for up to 12 teams. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more and apply at: https://www.projectimpactpdx.com/
Nonprofit Learning Cohort – Organizational Resilience, five Tuesday weekly interactive sessions – February 16 through March 16, 3 – 4:15 p.m. PT: Join a group of your peers for this series that will help you establish a more resilient organization through these challenging times. Corky McReynolds, Principal of LeadTeam Consulting will help you discover, assess, and apply tools to build or enhance resilience during change that results in a stronger and more sustainable organization. More details and registration information here.
Transforming Your Development Program in 2021 – Fundraising in Times of Change, Thursday, February 18, 10 – 11 a.m. PT: In this session, Laura McCombs, Senior Philanthropy Consultant at the Osborne Group, will look at practical and aspirational ways to approach your development planning and prioritization this year that will help you continue to adapt to uncertainty while addressing key challenges and opportunities that can lead to greater return on investment and, ultimately, greater impact. More details and registration information here.

Becoming a Great Board Member: Fundamentals of Nonprofit Board Governance, Wednesday, February 24, 10 – 11 a.m. PT: In this webinar, presented by Jenn Clemo, NAO’s Director of Nonprofit Leadership and Resources, you will learn about the nonprofit board of directors and gain an understanding of what it means to be an effective board member. Jenn will provide a thorough overview for new board members or those looking to refresh themselves on the fundamentals. More details and registration information here.

2021 Annual Nonprofit GAAP Update, Thursday, February 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT: Gary McGee, CPA, Founder and Managing Partner of Gary McGee & Co. LLP will lead this annual nonprofit accounting and auditing update session. You’ll learn about new and proposed accounting and auditing standards, and how they will affect nonprofit organizations and their auditors. Topics will include Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) guidance specific to nonprofit entities, AICPA accounting and auditing activities, and a Single Audit update. More details and registration information here.

Ambassador Training: Better Word-of-Mouth Marketing, Tuesday, March 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT: Even in the era of social media, the most effective marketing strategy is word of mouth. Regardless of your role – board, staff or volunteer – you can represent your organization more effectively and encourage positive buzz. Join Andy Robinson, Principal of Andy Robinson Consulting, to learn how to engage potential supporters, develop compelling messages, and deliver them effectively. More details and registration information here.

Nonprofit Learning Cohort – Fundraising Through Uncertainty, five Monday weekly interactive sessions – March 1 through March 29, 12 – 1:15 p.m. PT: Join a group of your peers for this series with fundraising expert Laurel McCombs. Learn how to push forward through the ongoing uncertainty to not only achieve your fundraising goals for this year, but strengthen your development program for the future. This series is most appropriate for executive directors and development directors from small, rural-staffed organizations. More details and registration information here.

NAO’s 2021 Guiding More Good Virtual Conference, Saturday, March 13, 8:30 a.m. 1 p.m. PT: Carrying on the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship’s tradition, the Guiding More Good Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT. We’ll be bringing you exciting expert speakers, practical resources, and virtual networking opportunities. This event will be especially applicable for smaller nonprofits, primarily those that are all-volunteer or with 1-2 staff members. More information here.

If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact NAO's Training Program Coordinator at training@nonprofitoregon.org.
Thank you to the following SUPPORTERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.