March 2, 2023

Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters, 

We are working hard on getting Senate Bill 606 passed in this legislative session, and we need your help! We just found out that the Oregon Senate Human Services will hold a hearing for SB 606 on Monday, March 6, at 3 p.m. Letters of support from you are needed for a successful hearing. We need to gather as many letters as we can by noon on March 6th.

These letters will let legislators know that the nonprofit sector is behind this effort to improve contracting and workforce retention. This bill is a long time coming to help solve some of the long-running problems that nonprofits face when partnering with state agencies to deliver services to their communities. 



  1. Go to this link to endorse the NPMA Community letter.
  2. Go to this link for a template letter of support for you to use. Follow the instructions carefully.
  3. Click this link to submit your letter of support through the legislative web portal for written testimony


The deadline to submit your letter of support is 12 p.m., Monday, March 6th. For more information on SB 606, the Oregon Nonprofit Modernization Act, go to our website by clicking this link. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I appreciate your time and support in submitting a letter – passing SB 606 will make a significant impact on the sector as a whole, and we truly need all of your help to make it happen.

Stay healthy and be safe,

Jim White

NAO Executive Director

Nonprofit News

Kubota Hometown Proud Awarding $600,000 in 2023 Community Grants – Apply Now!  


Are you a nonprofit in Oregon that could use $100,000 to revitalize a community project like a public space, ag center, park, community garden or another project? Kubota Tractor Corporation’s third annual Kubota Hometown Proud grant program opened yesterday, March 1st, and it will award FIVE $100,000 grants across the country to revitalize or refresh community spaces. This summer, the community project with the highest number of votes will be presented with the Kubota Community Choice Award and will receive an additional $100,000 grant this fall! 


Apply by March 31 to be considered. To learn more, visit

Registration is now OPEN for the 2023 Oregon Heritage Virtual Summit on all things volunteers!

A report released by the Oregon Heritage Commission in 2020 demonstrates that volunteers' work within heritage organizations is indispensable to preserving Oregon’s heritage. Most heritage organizations are operated primarily by volunteers, and the world saw the pandemic's impact on volunteer programs across the nonprofit field. Building back these critical stakeholder groups is vital to continuing to carry out the mission of heritage organizations across the state. Join Oregon Heritage for a two-day virtual summit on April 27 and 28. Participants will engage in facilitated conversations around community engagement and how that impacts volunteer strategies, panel discussion hearing from fellow volunteer managers and volunteers, and a practical workshop to help you engage, retain, and value volunteers in a way that impacts both the volunteer and the organization. 

Registration is now open and only $5/per person! To register and see the agenda, click here.

At the State Level

Seeking applicants for ODOT’s new Technical Advisory Committee


In 2022, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) successfully launched the first part of its brand-new grant program, the Innovative Mobility Program (IMP). This program focuses on social equity and helping members of historically excluded groups get where they need to go more quickly, affordably and in a safer manner. IMP has $20 million in available funding, with half through state and half through federal funding. A first round of micro-grants has already been rewarded, and there's much more to come. However, before opening for grant applications for 2023, the program is seeking 8-12 external stakeholders to join its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The committee aims to provide feedback to ensure that large grants and contracts reflect IMP goals and that equity is centered in IMP's design, implementation, and outcomes.


The program seeks representatives from the following areas, with equal representation from urban and rural areas, to the extent possible: transportation options providers; community-based organizations; local/regional governments; state agencies; tribes and community members from historically excluded groups. Interested individuals can review the full TAC description here.


Complete this application form expressing your interest in the IMP Technical Advisory Committee and submit it via e-mail to Dorian Pacheco at by March 26, 2023. Advisory committee members may be eligible for compensation for their time.

NAO's Upcoming Learning and Convening Opportunities

NAO Conference

One month away! Are you registered for ONLC yet?

Join us for a two-day conference of immersive capacity building, leadership development, and networking in Ashland!


Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference returns in person this spring, and we hope to see you there! Session topics include government grant readiness, nonprofit advocacy, curating institutional memory, board management and more, including two roundtable opportunities for you to meet and connect with foundation representatives who support your work. 

ONLC details and registration here

Guiding More Good Conference

Save the date: June 24, 2023 in Corvallis

Mark your calendars for NAO’s Guiding More Good (GMG) Conference on Saturday, June 24. This jam-packed conference is the perfect opportunity to connect and re-connect with fellow community-based professionals, learn how to navigate current issues that are top-of-mind today, and create new relationships with others in the nonprofit sector. More details to come!

Nonprofit Learning Cohorts (Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom)

Leading Together: Building Value-Driven and Impactful Leadership Teams 

March 28, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 9 – 10:15 a.m. | Facilitator: Chris Wallace Caldwell, MA, Catalysis LLC

In this interactive cohort led by leadership coach Chris Wallace Caldwell of Catalysis LLC, we explore what keeps our leadership teams (board or employee-led) from making the impact we envision. We will start by examining some assumptions, barriers, and power issues that leadership teams often face. We will explore navigating these dilemmas through intentional support and team development. Cohort participants will gain leadership team tools and practices, and the sessions will be adapted to address particular issues each is facing as we help each other move closer to the world we want to create. More details and registration information here.


Toolkit for New and Growing Nonprofit Executive Directors

April 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 8, 10 – 11:15 a.m. | Facilitator: Kari Anderson, Incite! Consulting

Are you a new Executive Director? Or, have you been in the sector since pre-COVID times but didn’t receive proper onboarding, board support, or training? Do you lead a nonprofit in a rural market, and isolation is the norm? Join Kari Anderson with Incite! Consulting. While she’s been a nonprofit coach and consultant for almost ten years, Kari worked in the trenches as a nonprofit executive for nearly 25 years in Washington and Colorado. She understands the needs of small nonprofits in smaller towns, and she’s got the manual you didn’t receive for doing your best work in the field. From time management and self-care to staff and volunteer coaching, board development, fundraising, community engagement, and succession planning, you’ll leave this cohort with an entire toolkit of resources that allows you to embrace your leadership role fully. More details and registration information here.

NAO Webinars

Making Meetings Work: Simple tools for better, more productive meetings

March 7, 12 – 1 p.m. | Presenter: Anna Young, Anna Young Consulting

Whether we work remotely or in-person, much of our time is spent in meetings. We often hear the complaint, “I couldn’t get any real work done today because I was in meetings the whole time.” Aren’t meetings designed to support the work we are trying to do, not obstruct it? In this webinar, we’ll explore these questions and focus on how to regain control of our meetings, whether we are showing up as organizers or attendees. Participants can expect to learn simple yet powerful tools that will make meetings of all sizes better and more productive. More details and registration information here.

Embedding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Organizational Transformation

March 8, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Jamila Dozier, MA, New Theory Consulting LLC

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of effective Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies and practices in the workplace and how organizations can implement them to create a more inclusive work environment. Topics that will be covered include: Key elements of effective DEI policies, including anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, recruitment and retention practices; best practices for developing and implementing DEI policies, from conducting a DEI audit and setting DEI goals to creating an accountability framework; and a range of DEI initiatives such as employee resource groups, unconscious bias training, and diversity and inclusion training programs. More details and registration information here.

Advocacy 201: Effective Strategies & Tools  

March 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Presenter: Phillip Kennedy-Wong, NAO

Ready to take your nonprofit’s public policy efforts to next level? This session is for nonprofit leaders already familiar with the IRS’s lobbying limits and want to learn how to strengthen your organization’s public policy program. You’ll learn the most effective structure and efficient processes that empower both staff and board. We’ll discuss the role of staff and board when formulating public policy positions and taking on supporting activities. The end result will be a strong foundation for your public policy program that clearly maximizes your organization’s strengths and stays true to your mission and public identity. This session is available to NAO members only. More details and registration information here.

Board Bright: Finance Fundamentals

March 14, 3 – 4:30 p.m. | Presenter: Jenn Clemo, NAO

Join us for an overview of basic financial principles including board member responsibilities, understanding restrictions, reviewing your statements for key financial indicators, and internal controls. Please note that this webinar provides fundamentals-level overview that is most appropriate for new board members, emerging nonprofit leaders, or those looking for a refresh of the basics. Free to NAO members! More details and registration information here.

Sustaining Wellness While Doing DEI

March 15, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Erica Briggs, NAO

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work takes a mental and emotional toll on those charged with creating a psychologically safe and equitable organizational culture. Much of the ongoing work crosses departments, challenging both people and organizational policies and practices. As your organization advances its DEI efforts, it’s more important than ever to provide support to staff tasked with doing the labor. Participants will leave this session with insights and actionable takeaways to continue propelling DEI forward. This work is a constant process of strategic planning, implementation, assessment, and improvement, but sharing the opportunities and challenges will allow your organization to lighten the load while making the changes you want to see. More details and registration information here.

Demystifying Fiscal Sponsorship: What Sponsoring Organizations Should Consider

March 15, 12 – 1 p.m. | Presenter: Rosalie Westenskow, Nonprofit Law Northwest, LLC

Has your organization been approached to act as a fiscal sponsor? If so, this session will walk you through some important issues to consider before signing a fiscal sponsorship agreement (“FSA”). You will learn what questions to ask a potential sponsoree, different ways to structure an FSA, what fees you can charge as a sponsor, the types of services usually included in an FSA, and how to protect your own organization and tax-exempt status if you decide to become a sponsor. More details and registration information here.

Getting to Know Your Donors: Strategies for Email Personalization 

March 16, 12 – 1 p.m. | Presenter: Maura Paxton, Whole Whale

The magic of email is all in the fact that your donors invited you into their inboxes — but in return, they expect you to know who they are. Join us as we dive into ways to understand your donors better and use that information to create more effective campaign strategies. This webinar will cover: how to send effective surveys to your donors; the role of email personalization in your fundraising campaigns; the difference between first, second-, and third-party data and what that means for your email; and the current landscape of data privacy and the user demand for it. More details and registration information here.

OR Nonprofit Modernization Act: Monthly Legislative Coalition Meetings

March 16, 12 – 1 p.m. | Presenter: Phillip Kennedy-Wong, NAO

Join the coalition to pass the most consequential piece of legislation, Senate Bill 606, the Oregon Nonprofit Modernization Act, to the nonprofit sector in decades. Join us every third Thursday of the month until June 15 to get the latest legislative information on Senate Bill 606, ideas on things your nonprofit do to help pass the bill, and an opportunity to learn about how legislative campaigns are organized by being an active participant! Registration is free. More details and registration information here.

The Intersection of HR and Financial Strategy in the New Economy

March 22, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Presenter: Scott Schaffer, Public Interest Management Group

This interactive session gets to the roots of a central challenge of our time: charting a strategy to thrive financially despite inflation, labor shortages, and a potential recession. This decade has brought new challenges for nonprofit leaders, such as a tight labor market, inflation, and a range of staffing issues, all affecting organizations’ financial performance. This session will explore a strategic framework for considering short-term HR management priorities in the context of promoting longer-term financial sustainability. More details and registration information here.

Seeking Fiscal Sponsorship: When, Why, and How Does it Help?

March 22, 12 – 1 p.m. | Presenter: Rosalie Westenskow, Nonprofit Law Northwest, LLC

Many new organizations consider using a fiscal sponsor to accept donations and grants before, or instead of, applying for their own 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. This session describes the ins and outs of fiscal sponsorship agreements (“FSAs”) and will walk you through whether one is suitable for your organization. We will look at the benefits of FSAs and some common pitfalls, different ways to structure this agreement, particular issues that should be addressed, and other avenues to consider. If your organization is considering a fiscal sponsor, this presentation is for you! We'll help you decide whether to move forward and, if you do, give you tools to navigate that relationship better. More details and registration information here.

Board Bright: Engaging Your Board in Fundraising

April 11, 3 – 4:30 p.m. | Presenter: Jenn Clemo, NAO

A well-prepared and passionate board is essential to successful fundraising. This 90-minute addition to the Board Bright series will provide strategies for setting your board up for fundraising success. Learn how to create fundraising expectations from the get-go, increase your board's understanding of the organization's revenue needs, find ways for everyone to play a role, and build board ambassadors for your cause. Free to NAO members! More details and registration here.

The Effective Board Treasurer: Understanding Roles, Responsibilities, and Good Standards

April 12, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Presenter: Erin Zollenkopf, Susan Matlack Jones & Associates

Whether you are a Treasurer, are interested in being a Treasurer, or are staff working with a Treasurer, understanding the responsibilities of this role and how it fits into the structure of an organization is essential for good governance and a sustainable, fiscally responsible nonprofit. Organizations can struggle when a Treasurer is inexperienced, unsupported, or doesn’t understand the unique quirks and challenges in the nonprofit sector. Setting up good systems and standards can help resolve this struggle and create a Treasurer position that is effective and fulfilling for the person serving in that role. More details and registration here.

The New, New Normal – Tools, Strategies, and Innovative Opportunities

April 13, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: David W. Altman, IPR Group

Events in the last three years have eclipsed recent thinking about nonprofit leadership and financial management strategies as most observers envision dramatic, rapid shifts for what might be termed the New, New Normal. In this session with David Altman, President of IPR Group, participants will explore innovative management strategies in response to changing economic conditions. More details and registration here.

Wired for Connection: How Microaggressions Undermine Psychological Safety

April 19, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Amanda Singh Bans, MA, LCSW, Resonance Therapy LLC

In this session with Amanda Singh Bans, Mental Health Therapist, participants will explore how encounters with microaggressions and implicit bias are embodied and how to respond to the repeated traumatization of racialized, gendered/sexed, and other oppressed bodies. Many of us in DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging) work have attempted to broach deep-seated concepts like these from a left-hemisphere-shifted perspective or using our “logic brain.” Taking that work one step further, participants will learn foundational terms regarding the neurobiology (brain + nervous system + behavior) of relationships, identify survival/trauma responses, and reframe microaggressions as threats to our personal and psychological safety. Participants will also be introduced to micro-intervention strategies and safety-building behaviors to support your organization's inclusive culture building. More details and registration here.

Layered Security for Nonprofits

May 10, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Presenter: Ron Rothstein, SMB Technologies

Nonprofit organizations hold a lot of sensitive information – including financial records – that they need to keep safe and secure. Cyberattacks and breaches happen every day and nonprofits need to be prepared to apply the multi-layered security needed in order to prevent these events. In this session, you will learn about layered security, which is a network security approach that deploys multiple security controls to protect the most vulnerable areas of your technology environment where a breach or cyberattack could occur. More details and registration information here.

The Future of Nonprofit Leadership: Trends to Track and Actions to Take Now

May 11, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Kari Anderson, Incite! Consulting

As a new generation of employees makes decisions about the type of work they want to engage in, we have an obligation in the nonprofit sector to assess how business gets done. Now’s the time to look at what’s working—and what’s not—at your shop. Join Kari Anderson with Incite! Consulting to learn more about (not so) unique leadership structures, including co-directorship, flat hierarchies, and different ways to provide governance via your board. We’ll discuss the future of leadership structures and how a person can flex leadership when not in a leadership role. Kari has some immediate takeaways for you as a manager or director—regardless of your career ambitions. All employees and board members can lead in their roles—Kari will share how to do it! More details and registration information here.

So Are You Latinx?: The Complexity of Language and How It Impacts Identity

May 17, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Cinthia Manuel, Autentica Consulting LLC

In this session, participants will learn the historical evolution of the terminology surrounding the terms Hispanics, Latin@s, Latinx, Latine, Chican@. In addition, this session will provide an opportunity to reflect on the various terms and how their evolution is related to oppression among individuals who identify as part of this historically underrepresented group. After this session, you will have historical background and vocabulary to help you have deeper conversations with the communities you serve, including your staff. More details and registration here.

State Legislative Briefing (2) 

May 19, 12 – 1 p.m. | Presenter: Phillip Kennedy-Wong, NAO

Get the latest inside scoop on the 2023 Oregon Legislative Session from NAO’s Public Policy Director Phillip Kennedy-Wong. Bring your questions about the legislature. No question off limits! Topics covered include the state budget, the most recent revenue forecast, the Oregon Nonprofit Modernization Act, bills of interest to the nonprofit sector, political rumors and whole much more. This session is available to NAO members only. More details and registration information here.

NAO Regional Networks (In-person*)

Want to connect with other nonprofit leaders in your area? Join us at a regional network in Bend, Corvallis, Medford, Portland or Eugene! NAO's regional network sessions are designed for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers. They are open to any nonprofit leader who wants to learn more about best practices while advancing their skills in nonprofit management, financial accountability, equity and inclusion.


Each network typically offers one session per month between September and June. See what’s coming up in a city nearest you, or sign up to receive region-specific promotions here.



Nonprofit Network of Central Oregon (NNCO)



Mid-Valley Nonprofit Network (MVNN)


Portland Metro – *NAO’s Portland Metro series will be held virtually via Zoom through May 2023. Anyone from across the state may now virtually participate in sessions from any of our three networks below:

Equity and Inclusions Leaders Network (EILN)

Nonprofit Fiscal Managers Network (NFMA)

Nonprofit Leaders Network (NLN)



Rogue Valley Nonprofit Network (RVNN)



Lane County Nonprofit Network (LCNN)

If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact NAO's Training team at
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