May 27, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters, 
As they do every year, the Oregon Employment Department released their study - Oregon’s Nonprofits in 2020 - which looks at employment in the nonprofit sector for 2020. With all the turmoil last year, the not unexpected bad news is that the nonprofit sector lost over 10,000 jobs in 2020. Now this data is for 2020 and we already know that as restrictions have been lifted and the state opens up, many of those jobs are being rehired and new ones are even being created. A scan of job boards like Mac’s List indicate a pretty robust hiring season is in full swing. Some good news from the OED report is that nonprofit average annual pay and median hourly wage keep increasing year-over-year.  
This statistical study of employment in the nonprofit sector across the state is an important bell-weather to track trends and see how we are doing in raising wages, and after a year like 2020, recovering from losses. Here are a few of the highlights from the report I think are especially interesting:

  • Oregon has 10,000 nonprofits employing staff (the other nonprofits are all-volunteer led) 
  • Oregon nonprofits employed 185,800 people in 2020. (That represents a loss of about 10,000 jobs in the sector as compared to 2018 and 2019) 
  • 64% of nonprofit employment was in health care and social assistance 
  • In 2020, the average annual wage at a nonprofit was $59,455 
  • $26.98 median hourly wage (3rd quarter 2020) 
  • 13% of nonprofit jobs paid under $15.00 per hour 
  • Most nonprofit jobs – 70% – paid $20.00 or more per hour 
Keep in mind that not all nonprofit organizations are employers – and those all-volunteer organizations would be overlooked if relying solely on employment data. It is also important to note that for this study, the OED includes all types of nonprofits, not just 501(c)(3)s. Kudos to the team at the Oregon Employment Department, especially Nick Beleiciks and Dallas Fridley, for this important data report.

NAO believes that as pandemic restrictions loosen and economy improves the opportunity is there for the sector to replace those 10,000 jobs lost in 2020. We look deeper into this data and the results we collected in our 2021 Oregon Nonprofit Annual Compensation and Benefits report which we will be releasing after the holiday.  
I hope that you all have a wonderful Memorial Day holiday!  
Jim White
NAO Executive Director
Nonprofit News
Oregon Nonprofits: A Year Into The Pandemic – Free Download! 
Last week, we released our latest publication, Oregon Nonprofits: A Year Into The Pandemic. This report gave readers insight into the hardships and opportunities nonprofit leaders in Oregon dealt with over the past year. We know that nonprofit organizations throughout Oregon had great positive impact on their communities throughout 2020 – in many cases, stepping in to help where the government was struggling. We also know that 61% percent of survey respondents have stated office closures, 44% reported program site closures, and 86% reported event cancellations. Our data shows that nonprofits were not only able to survive, in many ways they rose to the challenge and even expanded programs and operations. Download your free copy to learn more!
Do you work for one of the best nonprofits in Oregon? Register to find out! 
NAO has once again partnered with Oregon Business to promote the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon survey for 2021. Oregon Business’ 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon 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. Join our effort to support strong workplace culture and celebrate successful employers by participating in the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon survey. The survey must be completed by July 20, 2021. As always, participation is at no-cost to you. Participating organizations must have a minimum of 10 Oregon-based employees and/or volunteers who work at least 20 hours per month. For survey information, click here; to register for the survey, click here.
At the State Level

In case you missed it, we wanted to be sure that you saw the great advice on planning your reopening from COVID-19 restrictions provided by our friends at Miller Nash Graham and Dunn. We encourage all organizations to review the suggested guidelines on mask mandates as Oregon continues to lift restrictions based on CDC guidelines and increased vaccination rates.  
Need more? Register for NAO’s Mask Mandates & Safety in the Workplace – What You Need to Know as We Reopen webinar next week Thursday, June 3 at 10 a.m. Join Miller Nash Graham & Dunn attorneys Amy Robinson and Iván Resendiz Gutierrez as they lead a practical discussion of this fast-moving issue and highlight some key considerations for employers as they contemplate whether and how to address masking and vaccination in their return-to-work planning and more. This webinar is free for NAO members – register today!
At the Federal Level

The White House is expected to release the remaining budget documents supporting the President’s spending and policy-change requests to Congress tomorrow May 28th. In addition to providing extensive details on mandatory and discretionary spending programs, the release will also include the Treasury Department’s “Green Book” that will identify the tax policy changes the President seeks to pay for his spending goals. The first item that our national colleagues will be checking for is whether the President calls for limiting the value of itemized deductions to a percentage below the taxpayer’s tax bracket (e.g., setting a limit of 28%). Rumor has it that this proposal that then-candidate Biden touted on the campaign trail will not be included, which is a good thing, as such a cap would limit the donations to charitable causes and organizations.

Funding Opportunity for Rural Nonprofits Opening Soon! 
USDA Rural Development will soon be issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Rural Decentralized Water Systems Grant, which provides seed funds to allow nonprofits to set up revolving loan funds (RLFs) for eligible individuals who own and occupy a home in an eligible rural area rural areas and towns. The fund may be used to construct, refurbish, or service individually-owned household water well and septic systems. Terms for the loans include one percent fixed interest rate, 20-year maximum term, and an $15,000 maximum loan per household. The applicant must provide at least 10 percent cash match. No in-kind match accepted, but some grant funds may be used to pay administrative expenses associated with providing HWWS loans. The application is currently closed, but it will open soon. NAO will let you know when this opportunity opens up in the near future. 
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. 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

Mask Mandates & Safety in the Workplace – What You Need to Know as We Reopen
Thursday, June 3, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenters: Amy Robinson and Ivan Resendiz-Gutierrez, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
As Oregon continues to reopen and vaccination numbers increase, requirements around masking also continue to evolve. What can your organization expect legally as we welcome employees back to shared office space and facilities? Presenters will lead a practical discussion of this fast-moving issue and highlight some key considerations for employers as they contemplate whether and how to address masking and vaccination in their return-to-work planning. This event is FREE to NAO members, registration is required. 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

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Thank you to the following SUPPORTERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.