January 7, 2022
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters, 
 
Happy New Year! I hope that the first week of 2022 has been great for you.  
 
The NAO staff is ready for a busy first quarter and we already have some fantastic events on our calendar for nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers to learn and help navigate some tricky scenarios that arise at nonprofit organizations of all sizes. I’m highlighting a few this week, but please jump down to the bottom of this newsletter for the full line-up or visit here for more details.  
 
Our virtual sessions on January 18 and January 19 are focused on relationship building and productive collaboration. On January 18, we’re facilitating a session on how to get the most out of meetings – from leading more efficiently as well as encouraging more participation from your teams. On January 19, we’re focusing on building great relationships between Executive Directors and their Board of Directors – I'd encourage all ED’s and board members to attend this one.  
 
I’m also looking forward to our session on January 31, What You Need to Know About Student Loans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Providing this informational session has been a popular request by our members and I’m hoping that any nonprofit employee who has questions about their student loans and/or public loan forgiveness is able to attend.  
 
If you’re an NAO member, our Annual Meeting is coming up on January 25. This is for members only and is free to attend. Join your NAO network of colleagues from around the state as we talk about the impact that we have had in 2021 and outline the vision for NAO’s work to support you in 2022. If you aren’t an NAO member yet, I’d encourage you to join before January 25 so you can attend.  
 
These are just a few of the many virtual learnings and convenings we have ahead. Please see the bottom of this newsletter for more NAO events happening this month and in February. I hope to see you all (virtually) within the next couple of months! 
 
Stay healthy and be safe, 
Jim White 
NAO Executive Director 
Nonprofit News
Join Our team! NAO Seeks 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 todays and tomorrow's nonprofit leaders. This position is based out of NAO’s office in Portland and requires some travel to provide on-site training mostly in the Portland Metropolitan area and occasionally in rural communities in Oregon. Applicants are encouraged to apply early – open until filled. Position details here.
At the Federal Level
U.S. Supreme Court to Review Federal Vaccination Requirements for Employers 

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today in cases challenging two federal regulations that would require many employers – including some nonprofits – to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to be tested at least once a week. The consolidated case will determine the fate of two vaccination rules: 
 
  1. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 vaccinations would require employers with 100 or more employees – including many large nonprofits – to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to be tested at least once a week.  
  2. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Temporary Standard would require health facilities that receive Medicaid or Medicare reimbursements to require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 
 
Regardless of the ultimate fate of the OSHA and CMS rules and the federal contractor executive order, individual nonprofits can still require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. NAO highly encourages nonprofits to adopt a vaccine requirement policy with relevant exclusions for religious objections or specialized medical conditions. You can find the latest information of Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccination protocols on the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries website. 
  
U.S. Treasury Department Provides Guidance on State and Local Investment of ARP Funds in Nonprofits

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a final rule with guidance on the ways that state and local governments can spend their American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. The final rule addresses several of nonprofits’ concerns from the interim rule that was issued in May, including: 
 
  1. Explicitly including nonprofits, along with small businesses, as eligible recipients of various types of economic assistance; 
  2. Clarifying that state and local governments can use their ARP funds to support nonprofits in two ways: (a) providing direct economic support to nonprofits that experienced decreased revenues, increased demand for services, or operational challenges due to the pandemic; and (b) contracting with nonprofits to provide assistance to others in their communities; and 
  3. Providing several nonprofit-specific examples of ways that state and local governments can invest their ARP funds. 
 
The Treasury Department also published an overview of the final rule with a section dedicated to state and local government assistance to nonprofits. The improvements to the rule for nonprofits address many of the issues raised by NAO, our colleague state associations, and the National Council of Nonprofits in its public comments this summer. 
NAO's Upcoming Learning and Convening Opportunities
Virtual Networks

Due to the increasing COVID-19 cases and rise of the Omicron variant, NAO will be holding all upcoming programming virtually. You can access the network sessions you have come to rely on from the comfort of your home. With virtual access, you can participate any network session, from any network, from anywhere in the state! NAO will continue to watch the COVID-19 conditions and we hope to reconvene network sessions in-person as public health and safety protocols will allow. Stay tuned for more information.

Getting the Most Out of Meetings – Encouraging Participation and Addressing Challenging Behaviors
January 18, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Jess Hampton, NAO
Many of us spend countless hours in meetings, whether at work or as volunteers. Mismanagement of our time in meetings saps our energy, retention of information and can lead to frustration and conflict. In this session, we’ll explore practical ways to organize efficient meetings using the BDA method – before, during and after the meeting. Participants in this session will leave with practical tools and templates to make your next meeting – and all the ones to come – successful, and group work more effective and fulfilling! More details and registration information here.

From Good to Great! Optimizing the Board-Executive Director Relationship
January 19, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Jenn Clemo, NAO
The board/executive director relationship is among the most critical for an organization to be successful. This relationship is not effortless, but the reward is a results-driven partnership that is productive, enjoyable, and consistently in support of the organization’s mission. This session we’ll examine board/executive director roles and the division of labor between governing and managing. Participants will also learn about essential elements of a good board/executive director relationship as well as optimal elements of a great, high-performing leadership team. More details and registration information here.

Navigating Your Transformation Journey: Becoming A More Multicultural, Inclusive, Just and Fair Organization 
January 20, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Cliff Jones, Capacity Building Partnerships 
These are times of transformation. Opened hearts and minds and healing are central to facing our current realities and cultivating multicultural, inclusive, just and fair organizations. In this session we’ll explore: increasing our empathy and understanding about the numerous worlds outside of our own lived experiences; facing biases that we have developed based on our socialization and lived experiences with grace and humility; increasing our critical thinking regarding the dealignment in our current social and political environments; and more! More details and registration information here.

Engaging and Empowering Stakeholders with Financial Statements
January 27, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Presenter: Erin Zollenkopf, Susan Matlack Jones & Associates
Often times it can feel like financial and non-financial staff are speaking a different language. Similarly, board members with backgrounds in for-profit industries can struggle with the nuance of nonprofit financial statements. This session we’ll provide concrete examples of how to communicate your financial information with internal stakeholders – such as development or program staff, and members of the board. More details and registration information here.

Black Exclusion in Oregon
February 17, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Zachary Stocks, Oregon Black Pioneers
Many know that Oregon is one of the whitest states in America, but fewer people are aware that this is by design. Zachary Stocks will reveal how the provisional, territorial, and state governments of Oregon created legal and social barriers to exclude Blacks from society, how Oregonians reinforced white supremacy with violence and intimidation, and how that history has been misunderstood over the subsequent decades. More details and registration information here.

2022 Annual Nonprofit GAAP and Form 990 Update 
February 24, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Presenter: Gary McGee, CPA, Gary McGee & Co. LLP 
In this session, we will review the many accounting challenges affecting nonprofit organizations in the current environment, and will present information about new and proposed accounting standards and how they will impact nonprofit entities in the future. Topics include Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) guidance and projects specific to nonprofit organizations, other applicable FASB guidance that will affect nonprofits, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants accounting and auditing activities. More details and registration information here
NAO Webinars

Board Bright: NAO's Quarterly Board Roles & Responsibilities Training 
January 26, 3 – 4:30 p.m. | Presenter: Jess Hampton, 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

What You Need to Know About Student Loans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness 
January 31, 12 – 1 p.m. | Presenter: Joanne Di Paola, DevNW 
The Department of Education recently announced some major changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program providing relief for millions of student loan borrowers. This will impact staff in the nonprofit sector as many people are now eligible for the program and for a limited period of time, borrowers may receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify. In this webinar we will discuss how people in the nonprofit sector can take advantage of PSLF and who can go further to request repayment. More details and registration information here
Nonprofit Learning Cohort

Getting Ready to Hire Your First Employee (Five weekly sessions) 
Dates: February 22, March 1, 8, 15, and 22 | Facilitator: Christine Frazer, Christine Frazer HR Strategist 
This five-session interactive series will help identify all the options you have when considering hiring your first employee. We’ll discuss the compliance, logistic, and practical decisions that need to be made from the moment you realize you need someone to the day they join your team. We’ll also talk through best practices and potential pitfalls. More details and registration information here.
Virtual Convenings
 
NAO’s 2022 Annual Meeting 
January 25, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 | Free to NAO members 
Join your NAO network of colleagues from around the state as we talk about the impact that we have had in 2021 and outline the vision for NAO’s work to support you in 2022. You’ll meet NAO’s 2022 Board of Directors who provide leadership and guidance as well as NAO’s staff, who together are committed to serving all of YOU and Oregon’s nonprofit sector as a whole. NAO’s Annual Meeting is for NAO members only. More details and registration information here.

Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference
Save the date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Over the past three decades, the ONLC has brought together over 350 nonprofits, funders, and thought leaders to explore the challenges and opportunities of nonprofit management today. With this conference now a program of NAO, we are thrilled to be working with ONLC’s Advisory Committee, who will continue to support the planning and delivery of this virtual conference. As we near April 12, NAO will share updates via email, social media, and on the ONLC webpage.
If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact NAO's Training team at training@nonprofitoregon.org.
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