June 9, 2022

Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters,
Happy Pride month to all the LGBTQ+ nonprofit leaders and supporters in our community! As we celebrate this month, please remember that you don’t have to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community to think and care about the issues facing LGBTQ+ people. One of the greatest gifts that we can give to the LGBTQ+ community is a commitment to create safe spaces to live, learn, and with PRIDE. 
 
I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Black leaders in our community on the upcoming Juneteenth holiday. As most folks are becoming better aware of Juneteenth, it is becoming a focused opportunity to learn more about the Black experience, struggle and contributions to our society (many carried out through Black-led nonprofits). I encourage you to take time this Juneteenth to reflect on the ways in which you can support and take action in the continuing struggle against racism in Oregon and America. 
 
Recently, NAO in partnership with Alexis Braly James at Construct the Present, developed our newly released Moving Equity and Inclusion Into Action. This is self-paced interactive e-course will walk you through NAO's Equity Lens Guide and help you identify ways to further your organization's mission through more equitable and inclusive practices. If you are new to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work or could use a refresher on how to start putting your DEI awareness into practice, this course is for you. This is a self-guided, self-paced course that you can take anytime that is convenient for you. Once purchased, the course is yours - it does not expire and you can work on it at any time and at any pace.  
 
Lastly, NAO has opened up nominations for our 2023 Board of Directors. If you or somebody you know are looking for ways to play an integral role in supporting nonprofits to connect, improve and advance their missions so all Oregonians can grow and thrive – please consider applying to join our board.  
 
Wishing you all a happy Pride month and Juneteenth!

Stay healthy and be safe,
Jim White
NAO Executive Director
Nonprofit News
Nonprofits and Government Contracting Survey 

Many nonprofits receive revenue from government contracts, and there are problems with the way these contracts are administered. We have heard from so many of you about these problems and are working to collect information to take action. NAO is working on several initiatives to make changes and modernizations to the way that government works with our sector. We would like to understand your experience with government contracts in Oregon and what policy solutions we can move forward to support you and make nonprofit work easier. We have a short survey that will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will help us to work towards real reform of our government contracting.   
 
You can take the survey here.  
 
Thank you in advance for your support in our advocacy work.  

Call For NAO Board Nominations 
 
  • 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 equitably and growing diversity? 
  • Do you want to play an integral role in supporting nonprofits to connect, improve and advance their missions so all Oregonians can grow and thrive? 
 
If this sounds like you or someone you know, we want to hear from you! The Nonprofit Association of Oregon is growing our Board of Directors and looking for people who can make a difference statewide in the nonprofit sector. We are seeking a limited number of new board members to serve three (3) year terms beginning January 2023. We are particularly seeking individuals from communities in Eastern Oregon. 
 
To nominate yourself or a qualified candidate please complete this brief nomination form. The nomination process will close on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Nominees will hear from us in the following weeks as NAO's Development and Nominations Committee seeks to narrow the field to the top candidates for interviews. Submit your nominations and any questions about the process to nominations@nonprofitoregon.org

Where does your nonprofit rank? Get valuable feedback from your employees!
 
Join our effort to support a strong workplace culture and celebrate successful employers by participating in Oregon Business’ 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon survey. This survey is used to find out how satisfied your employees are and what their concerns might be – taking time to listen to your employees will set you up to be an even stronger organization. Participating organizations must have a minimum of 10 Oregon-based employees and/or volunteers who work at least 20 hours per month. The survey must be completed by July 20, 2022. As always, participation is at no cost to you. For survey information, click here; to register for the survey, click here
At the State Level
The Faster Oregon Speed Test Campaign

The Faster Internet Oregon speed test campaign is a statewide broadband mapping effort that encourages Oregonians to measure their Internet speeds at home or report if they do not have an Internet connection. This campaign will help identify gaps in high-speed Internet service and provide data to ensure that funding decisions on broadband infrastructure are based on an accurate assessment of gaps in connectivity across urban, rural, and Tribal communities statewide. The Faster Internet Oregon site features an easy-to-use speed test and asks a few simple location questions for mapping accuracy. The speed test takes less than one minute to complete and will help ensure equitable distribution of broadband funds to the communities that need it most. Questions about how you can support this initiative can be answered by contacting: info@fasterinternetoregon.org.   
 
Please help our communities, especially rural and disadvantaged communities, get better access to broadband!  

Additional Federal Funding for Victims of Crime Act

The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board approved the use of $35 million of additional federal funds for the Victims of Crime Act grant. The funds would be sub-granted by the Oregon Department of Justice to approximately 50 domestic/sexual assault service non-profit providers. The Emergency Board also approved funds for the following areas to: 


At the Federal Level
Next week the National of Council of Nonprofits is hosting the 2022 Confab, a conference of nonprofit associations in Washington, DC. The three-day event is an opportunity for nonprofits from across the country to learn what other states are working, identify emerging issues, and strengthen the voice of the nonprofit sector. The event also includes lobby day on Capitol Hill. NAO is excited to be participating in the Confab. We will be meeting with members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation on the Council’s legislative priorities:  
 
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act (H.R. 6161/S.3625
  • Restoring and Improving Charitable Giving Incentives (H.R. 1704/S.618)  
  • An increase in the Volunteer Mileage Rate (H.R. 7432)  
  • The Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act (H.R. 7587

For more information about the legislative priorities, please contact NAO’s Director of Public Policy Phillip Kennedy-Wong at pkennedy-wong@nonprofitoregon.org.  

NAO's Upcoming Learning and Convening Opportunities
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Nonprofit Resource Roundups
Come together with NAO, foundation representatives, and local nonprofits for one of our 2022 Nonprofit Resource Roundups! Participants will have the opportunity to learn about NAO resources, local community resources and connect in virtual breakout rooms directly with funders. Resource Roundups are FREE in-person events open to nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers who either live and/or work in the areas they're held. Click through for more details and registration information:

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