June 24, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters,
I don’t think anyone could be missing the predictions of a “heat dome” clamping down on much of the Northwest. The extreme heat watch is predicted to start tomorrow in parts of Oregon and carry through the weekend and into Monday. The state and all across the Northwest will see record-setting temperatures that could be 20 to 30 degrees above normal.  
 
Across the northern tier of the state – including the Portland metro area and the Columbia River Gorge, high temperatures up to 108 degrees are possible, according to the National Weather Service. The Coast Range and much of Jackson, Josephine Klamath and Lake counties will also see triple digits. Even the Cascades could reach 80 to 90 degrees at higher elevations.

Nonprofits across the state are preparing to serve as cooling centers and sources of support to our most vulnerable Oregonians that could be especially susceptible to the heat. Organizations supporting the elderly, homeless, and others that may be at risk have prepared supplies and are readying for a tough weekend. Last year, many cooling centers did not open due to COVID-19 concerns. This year health officials decided the risk of heat related illness was too great and has given the green light for various charities to run these services. While social distancing and masks will still be required at most centers, no one will be turned away.  
 
Portland Metro area will have several cooling centers open 24 hours per day through the weekend. Access has information on cooling center locations and hours in Medford, as well as ways to volunteer to help. Clackamas County has also identified multiple cooling centers for folks through the weekend. I anticipate most of the state will have cooling centers open and available, so please visit your local news and local governments websites to find them if you need relief or want to help out this weekend.  
 
For tips on keeping cool and conserving energy during this heat wave, please check out the Oregon Health AuthorityPacific Power, and PGE websites for further information. 
Stay healthy and be safe,
 
Jim White
NAO Executive Director
Nonprofit News
Charitable Giving Up in Q1!  
The latest results of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2021 Quarter 1 report has some great news for the nonprofit sector!  
 
2020 donor growth continues, with the highest Q1 donor growth ever seen in our data. 

  • Retained donors fueled this growth, including a 13.6% increase in new donor retention. 

  • FEP estimates YOY dollar growth to be 6%, when all Q1 data are in*. 
 
The report also shows a 10% increase in overall donors—finally reversing a decade long trend of fewer U.S. households donating money.  
 
But not all nonprofits benefited from this increase in giving. Unfortunately, the median giving to nonprofits in the first quarter of 2021 declined when compared to 2020. Giving to Human Services and Animal Groups was up, while giving to Arts & Culture and Education were down.

For further information and to download the latest philanthropy reports from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and #GivingTuesday at https://afpglobal.org/fepreports.
At the State Level

Oregon lawmakers approve creation of new office to support immigrants and refugees 
 
With strong bipartisan support in both chambers, Oregon lawmakers have approved the creation of a new government office underneath Gov. Kate Brown that will advocate on behalf of immigrants and refugees, as well as implement strategies to aid in their advancement. Read more about the new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement on OPB.
At the Federal Level

 
President Biden announced today that a bipartisan infrastructure agreement was made after meeting with a group of senators from both parties. "We have a deal," Biden said, appearing with the group outside of the White House. The package focuses on traditional infrastructure investment items like roads, bridges and rail, along with broadband internet and water systems. The final details of what Biden and the lawmakers agreed to wasn't immediately available, but more information should be released soon.

The deal’s costs reportedly will be fully offset with revenue raisers. Notably, clawing back some of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds is not included on the list, which is a win for the nonprofit community. The list of pay-fors does identify “State and local investment in broadband infrastructure” as a way of paying for the deal, which could cause governments to use these ARPA funds to pay for broadband, but the governments already had that authority. The list also calls for repurposing unspecified and unspent relief funds from 2020.  

When the full list of nonprofit related infrastructure investments are published, we’ll give you a run down.   
Funding Opportunity

Advancing Disability Justice Grants 2021 

Northwest Health Foundation and the Collins Foundation seek to support disability justice leadership in our region by providing grants for community building, civic engagement, community organizing, cultural work, leadership development, movement building or policy advocacy. 

Advancing Disability Justice Grants are available for groups led by disabled Black, Indigenous or other people of color (BIPOC), or BIPOC-led groups that have disabled BIPOC leadership for the project. Projects should be led by and focus on disabled BIPOC in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Applications are due July 28, 2021, 12 p.m. PST.

Upcoming NAO Sessions

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!

Convenings

Reopening Roundtable: Corvallis
Tuesday, July 27, 1 – 3 p.m. PT | Hosted by: Jenn Clemo and Allison Adcox, NAO
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our organizations. There is much to consider and plan for as we bring staff back to the office, open our doors once again to the public, meet in-person with donors and funders, and deliver in-person programming. In this two-hour convening hosted by NAO, participants will discuss factors for an effective return to in-person work across three key areas: People & Facilities, Programs & Events, and Outreach & Communications. More details and registration information here.

Reopening Roundtable: Portland
Wednesday, July 28, 1 – 3 p.m. PT | Hosted by: Jenn Clemo and Allison Adcox, NAO
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our organizations. There is much to consider and plan for as we bring staff back to the office, open our doors once again to the public, meet in-person with donors and funders, and deliver in-person programming. In this two-hour convening hosted by NAO, participants will discuss factors for an effective return to in-person work across three key areas: People & Facilities, Programs & Events, and Outreach & Communications. More details and registration information here.

Reopening Roundtable: Portland
Thursday, July 29, 1 – 3 p.m. PT | Hosted by: Jenn Clemo and Allison Adcox, NAO
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our organizations. There is much to consider and plan for as we bring staff back to the office, open our doors once again to the public, meet in-person with donors and funders, and deliver in-person programming. In this two-hour convening hosted by NAO, participants will discuss factors for an effective return to in-person work across three key areas: People & Facilities, Programs & Events, and Outreach & Communications. More details and registration information here.

Webinar Sessions
 
Get Ready for a Disaster: Information and tools to help nonprofits prepare for bad events
Tuesday, July 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT | Presenter: Nancy Bacon, Nancy Bacon Consulting and Washington Nonprofits
This online course is designed for nonprofit executive directors and board members so you can operationalize disaster preparation within your organization. This session walks participants through the why, what, and how of making their organizations more resilient when facing natural or viral disasters. More details and registration information here.

Board Bright: NAO’s Quarterly Board Fundamentals Training
Tuesday, July 20, 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.
 
Get Ready for NAO’s In-person events!
 
NAO staff has been working tirelessly to get ready for our Fall learning sessions that will begin in September throughout Oregon. We’re thrilled that we are bringing them in-person sessions back this year and we will be sharing all of the details about the sessions over the coming weeks and months. We will also be testing some in-person learning events through the summer to help you navigate the ever-changing rules and issues that our sector is challenged by. 


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