May 7, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters, 
Happy Friday! We’re still waiting for more details about how to apply for the Congressionally Directed Spending through Senator’s Wyden and Merkley. We will be sending another update with that information when we receive it early next week.
 
In the meantime, you can get started on the process by creating an account to submit your request here and if you’re looking for all the available information that we have so far, you can find that here.
Stay healthy and be safe, 
 
Jim White 
NAO Executive Director 
Nonprofit News

Featured funding opportunities for your nonprofit! 

Looking to apply for funding to support your nonprofit's great work? This week NAO would like to highlight the Oregon Community Foundation’s K-12 Summer Learning Grant Program. OCF will award $40 million for school-aged children to participate in community-based learning and enrichment programs offered through eligible nonprofits and public agencies across the state during summer 2021. One-time grants ranging $15,000 to $200,000 will be awarded to eligible organizations. Priority will be placed on programs that specifically support students experiencing the opportunity gap and from communities disproportionately impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic and related crises. Applications will be accepted and awards will be made on a rolling basis though the spring and early summer. For more information click here
 
For a complete list of funding opportunities, visit NAO’s website here.
At the State Level

Starting today, Governor Brown has moved all Oregon counties out of the “extreme risk” COVID-19 category which loosens the restrictions on businesses and nonprofits state-wide. She will be re-evaluating these categories weekly going forward. More information on your counties current risk tier can be found here.  
 
 
While there are some differences between the permanent and temporary rules, they are not significant. Key differences in the rule include:

  • Ventilation: Adds a requirement that employers with more than 10 employees must attest that they are running their ventilation system in accordance with the rule. 

  • Return to Work Notice: Requires written notification of return rights when employees must quarantine. The rule also encourages, but does not require, employers to provide details about leave options. 

  • PPE Supply: Requires certain exceptional risk employers to have a written PPE supply and crisis management plan. 

  • Sanitation: Updated language to reflect the CDC’s newest guidance to significantly reduce the sanitation expectations.

  • Risk Assessment and Infection Control Plans: The rules relating to the Risk Assessment, Infection Control Plan, and Infection Control Training provisions are identical to the temporary rule. With that, actions completed under the temporary rule do not need to be revised or repeated. The final rule includes language expressly saying that these actions do not need to be repeated if they have been completed in compliance with the temporary rule.

The new rule did not make any changes to the face mask or physical distancing requirements established in the temporary rule, nor did it make any distinctions between the application of the rules between vaccinated and unvaccinated employees. This rule will be evaluated every two months beginning in July. 
At the Federal Level

PPP Money Has Run Out

No formal announcement yet, but the Small Business Administration yesterday reportedly informed the American Bankers Association and others that Paycheck Protection Program funding has been exhausted and the PPP application portal has now stopped accepting applications for loans from most lenders. SBA said that it has reserved approximately $6 billion in funding for previously submitted loan applications subject to SBA hold codes that are in the pipeline to be resolved. There is also approximately $8 billion remaining in congressionally mandated funding for PPP loans made by community development financial institutions and minority depository institutions. 
 
WORK NOW ACT

Since the pandemic began, charitable nonprofits have drawn high praise from policymakers of all political perspectives for stepping up to address increased demands for services while losing employees and volunteers, as well as troubling revenue shortfalls. The WORK NOW Act (S. 740 and H.R. 1987) is a temporary grants program that would inject $50 billion into public-serving nonprofits to enable them to pay the wages, salaries, and benefits of either existing employees or new employees. Most of the funds would be allocated through state, Tribal, and local governments.  
 
The WORK NOW Act is a straight-forward solution that builds on the inherent strengths of the nonprofit community to quickly secure employment for hundreds of thousands of our fellow residents in meaningful jobs. This legislation is a priority of the broad nonprofit community in any future infrastructure or COVID recovery bill.  
  
We are proud to confirm that both of Oregon’s Senators support the WORK NOW Act. We encourage you to TAKE ACTION now to help secure inclusion of the WORK NOW Act in the economic stimulus and infrastructure legislation under consideration in Congress by writing your Congressional Representatives and encouraging them to sign on to the WORK NOW Act HR 1987 in Congress.
 
Show Your Support For Key Infrastructure Legislation  
 
Right now, Congress is making once-in-a-generation decisions that could fundamentally reshape how nonprofit missions succeed or fail. Our sector and our society need roads and bridges to move forward, but they also need civic infrastructure – the investments and assets that let nonprofits lead social change so all people can thrive. There are still a lot of questions about precisely how infrastructure legislation will come together, but there is NO question about what our community can accomplish if we raise our voices. There are four critical messages that you can send to your legislators today with just a few clicks.
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 training@nonprofitoregon.org if you would like to be considered for a scholarship with a brief description of your need.

Webinar Sessions
 
Different Ways to Present and Communicate Your Financial Statements
Wednesday, May 12, 10 – 11 a.m. PT | Presenter: Erin Zollenkopf, SMJ
Financial statements help you understand the work of a nonprofit; they paint a picture with numbers. See different ways to present financial information to communicate your story and help stakeholders including the board, management, and funders understand the work and the financial picture of your organization. More details and registration information here.
 
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.

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 training@nonprofitoregon.org.
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