July 29, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters,
We have an urgent request that we ask you to consider. As I indicated last week, our national colleagues including Independent Sector and National Council of Nonprofits have been working to advocate with Congress the best possible legislation to support charitable nonprofits in America.
  
A coalition of 55 national nonprofit organizations sent this letter to the White House and to congressional leaders last week identifying challenges charitable organizations continue to face and seeking support for urgently needed policy objectives that will enable nonprofits to contribute to the nation’s relief, recovery, and rebuilding. 
  
The coalition has opened up the letter for any charitable nonprofits to sign-on. Please join NAO and add your nonprofit’s name to this letter today. The next version of the letter will be sent to the Administration and Congress on August 2nd!  
  
The letter asks President Biden and Congress to support nonprofit jobs by: 

  • Enacting the WORK NOW Act, federal legislation that would provide $50 billion to help nonprofits have adequate staff resources;

  • Improving the Employee Retention Tax Credit so more nonprofits can access it; and 

  • Having the Bureau of Labor Statistics provide better and more frequent information on trends in nonprofit employment. 
  
The letter also asks President Biden and Congress to provide resources for nonprofits by: 

  • Extending and expanding the temporary universal charitable deduction that ends after 2021;

  • Providing additional emergency grants for nonprofits serving communities;

  • Preserving state and local government funding from the American Rescue Plan Act; and

  • Providing $100 billion in federal support for affordable broadband access for all communities. 
  
We want to ensure they see your nonprofit’s name alongside those of other charitable organizations in Oregon and across the country who are asking the federal government to do more to support the nonprofit sector. Please sign on right now! 
 
Also, I want to draw your attention to the forecasted heat wave that we will be experiencing in the coming days. We certainly do not want to see another repeat of the significant loss of life that we had a few weeks back. Be sure to stay out of the heat as much as possible, hydrate and check-in on community members that may not have access to AC or other ways of cooling. Check with your town, county and tribal government for locations of cooling centers in your community. A big thanks to all the nonprofits that will be assisting those that need support now more than ever!
Stay healthy and be safe, 
 
Jim White 
NAO Executive Director 
Nonprofit News
Learn How Nonstop Helps Pacific University Recruit and Retain Top Talent
 
As pandemic life recedes in the U.S., people are leaving their jobs in search of more money, more flexibility and more happiness. Many are rethinking what work means to them, how they are valued, and how they spend their time. It's leading to a dramatic increase in resignations — a record 4 million people quit their jobs in April alone, according to the Labor Department.*
 
Organizations across the country are currently facing some unprecedented challenges as it relates to hiring and retention, and Oregon based NAO member Pacific University is one of them. Founded in 1849, Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts and sciences, education, business, optometry and the health professions. Download Nonstop’s latest case study and learn what led to their decision to change health benefits during this critical time of workforce transition, and how it is positively impacting their ability to recruit and retain top talent.
At the State Level
OHA recommends universal mask use for all public indoor settings
 
In response to a significant jump in cases and hospitalizations and new national guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Oregon Health Authority released a recommendation on Tuesday for universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the state to protect Oregonians from COVID-19.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are vaccinated with currently available vaccines are protected from the virus and the circulating variants, including the Delta variant that is now seen in the majority of Oregon’s new cases. OHA’s recommendation applies statewide, and not just areas with higher infections and high transmission, as cases have increased across the state in recent weeks due to the Delta variant. 
 
OHA is continuing to call on local community and public health leaders, businesses and nonprofits, to encourage vaccination and masking to prevent new outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission.

OHA establishes 80% vaccination goal to close equity gap

Vaccination rates for Hispanic/Latino/a/x, American Indian/Alaska Native and Black/African American/African Immigrant communities are still hovering in the mid-40% range. To close the equity gap for communities of color, OHA is implementing a vaccination equity strategy to vaccinate 80% of adults of color by the end of this summer. You can see the data and participate in the program through connecting here.
At the Federal Level
Senate Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

An agreement has been reached between Senate Democratic and Republican negotiators and the White House on a $1 trillion spending bill to build roads, bridges, broadband, and other infrastructure projects. According to this chart, new spending totals about $550 billion and offsets total $589 billion. Importantly, the pay-for (“offsets”) include $205 billion in clawed-back “unused COVID relief funds.” Our national colleagues are reporting they have received assurances that Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds are not touched by this bill. The possibility that those funds would be included in the claw-back had been one of our major worries. The White House has produced a Fact Sheet that lays out some of the top-line items in the bill.  
  
In a rare bipartisan showing of support, the Senate passed their version on a 67-32 vote, with support from 17 Republicans. There remains a long way to go before the bill becomes law – including being turned into formal legislative text – with yesterday’s procedural step expected to launch lengthy discussions. 
 
The passage of this bill also clears the way for the Senate next week to turn to the $3.5 trillion budget resolution that is still being written.
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.

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.


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

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