May 13, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters, 
Throughout the entire month of May we’re celebrating and recognizing the contributions, achievements, and influences that the Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander community has had, and continues to have in our nation’s history.  
Why has May been designated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month? May 7, 1843 commemorates the first Japanese immigrant to ever arrive in the United States. May also marks the anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, in which the majority of the workers were Chinese immigrants. The history behind Asian and Pacific Islander communities in America stem nearly two hundred years back and for that reason there is much to celebrate and learn from the historical contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander neighbors, friends, and colleagues. We encourage you all to take time to visit The Library of Congress’s AAPI Month website to learn more about the history and contributions that Asians and the Pacific Islander communities have given and continue to give to America.  
Given the rise of anti-Asian hate sweeping throughout the country, celebrating AAPI Heritage Month comes with a sense of urgency that calls many of us in the AAPI community to seek ways to accelerate action and garner community support. It saddens us when news of recent Asian hate crimes make headlines; unfortunately, these prejudices are not new, but have continued to heighten the concerns about safety amongst the AAPI communities who battle racism, microaggressions, and the threat of violence on a regular basis. These senseless acts of harassment and violence can neither be ignored nor tolerated.

We at NAO are reaffirming our commitment to standing with the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the fight against hatred. During this month and more importantly beyond, we urge you all as nonprofit leaders and community members to learn more about and support your local AAPI led- and focused- nonprofit organizations, businesses and agencies. If you aren’t sure where you should start, we recommend connecting with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) to listen, learn, and support the AAPI communities in your region.
In gratitude,  
Marie Antoniette Manuel, Membership & Partnerships Manager at NAO 
Brad Ramos, Digital Design and Communications Manager at NAO
At the State Level

Earlier this week, the Treasury Department issued guidelines for the state to begin the distribution of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. Right now, we are still waiting for further information from Oregon legislators about how nonprofit organizations can apply or request these funds. As soon as we have more information to share, we will send it out. In the meantime, we encourage you to contact your state legislators, county commissioners, and mayors if you haven’t done so already but would be interested in pursuing funding they’ll be receiving soon under ARP.
At the Federal Level

Congressionally Directed Spending requests are due tomorrow, May 14 by 5 p.m. PT. As a reminder, Senator’s Wyden and Merkley are now using an online form to collect Congressional Directed Spending requests. They’ve now provided additional information on requirements for funding from each subcommittee – you can find that document herePlease read through the requirements closely – there is a lot of information and the competition for these resources will be significant. The guidelines will be tremendously helpful for determining if you should submit and for completing an application. Once you read through the updated information, please create an account and use this form to submit your request.
Upcoming Online 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. We have added quite a few new sessions for April and June. Please scroll through and sign-up today!

Convening Opportunities
South Coast Area Learn at Lunch Series
Are you on a nonprofit board or staff member in Coos or Curry County looking for practical training and tools to strengthen your organizational leadership skills? Come learn with us at our South Coast Learn at Lunch series! Each session is one-hour long, held on Zoom and are provided a la carte, so you can join us for all of them. Please see the links for more information and we hope to see you there!
NAO has a limited number of scholarships available for organization based in rural, and/or BIPOC lead and serving organizations. Scholarships will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Please contact if you would like to be considered for a scholarship with a brief description of your need.

Webinar Sessions
Breaking Down HR Law for Small Nonprofit Employers
Tuesday, May 18, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Christine Frazer, Christine Frazer HR Strategist
Human resource laws can be difficult to grasp. In this session we’ll break down these laws into understandable and actionable items as it relates to nonprofit employers. This hour will be all about asking and answering all those questions you’ve been too afraid to ask. More details and registration information here.
Managing Staff in 2021 - How are Nonprofit Employers Innovating for Success?
Tuesday, May 25, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Christine Frazer, Christine Frazer HR Strategist
With the pandemic carrying into 2021, we’ve had to learn how to manage remote employees, keep staff safe, possibly downsize, all while maintaining a positive work culture. Learn about ways other nonprofits are innovating and breaking barriers to be successful. This course is perfect for nonprofits that have between 1-25 employees. More details and registration information here.

How to Conduct Culturally Responsive and Equitable Program Evaluation 
Tuesday, June 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT | Presenter: Karyl Askew, Ph.D., Education Program Evaluator 
Trustworthy data allows organizations to make informed business decisions. How are you ensuring that your evaluation designs, data collections, and reporting are culturally responsive and equitable? Explore how to use a culturally responsive and equitable evaluation in your organization; how to identify where you can readily apply a culturally responsive and equitable framework to your unique settings and needs; and examples from your colleagues and like-minded leaders who are advancing these frameworks in their own work. More details and registration information here

Pandemic (and Post-Pandemic) Major Gift Strategies 
Thursday, June 10, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Grady Goodall, OSU Foundation 
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down for many nonprofits and many more people. In this session, participants will learn timely strategies to build stronger relationships with potential major gift donors leading to more support for your organization. More details and registration information here
Building Inclusive Teams and Mitigating Structural Bias 
Tuesday, June 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT | Presenter: Gerardo Ochoa, Linfield University 
As the demographics of our communities continue to change, organizations are striving to reflect the communities they serve. This interactive session focuses on how the implicit attitudes, behaviors, policies, and practices may influence how we engage with individuals and/or groups and make decisions in the workplace. More details and registration information here
Nonprofit Board Treasurer Training – Understanding Your Responsibilities and Creating Strong Financial Stewardship Processes 
Thursday, June 17, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenters: Erin Zollenkopf, Susan Matlack Jones & Associates and David Atkin, Center for Nonprofit Law 
Are you the Treasurer, or interested in becoming the Treasurer, of a nonprofit organization’s board? Join us for this interactive session that will provide a framework of knowledge for how you can best serve your organization’s needs as a financial steward. Participants can expect to understand the roles and duties, legal and otherwise, of the Treasurer position; learn how to engage board, staff and committees in creating financial oversight and controls; and review compliance procedures, including payroll tax, donor restrictions and federal and state tax reporting requirements. More details and registration information here

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