NAO Workshops (In-person or Virtual)
Linn County Resource Roundup (Sweet Home)
November 30, Noon – 2:30 p.m. | Facilitator: Sarah Spangler, NAO
The Linn County Nonprofit Resource Roundup is a learning and networking opportunity convened by the NAO for nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers to connect, meet funders, and learn about valuable tools and resources designed specifically for nonprofits. Following the funder's panel and discussion, participants will work together through a facilitated discussion and an assessment tool to identify areas where you can improve your work and connect to resources that can help you become more effective in serving your mission. This workshop is free, but registration is required. More details and registration information here.
Grant Writing: Keys to a Successful Foundation Proposal (2-Part Series) (McMinnville)
December 5 and 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Facilitator: Sarah Spangler, NAO
Join us for this 2-part grant writing series tailored to foundation grants. This series will offer hands-on learning activities, peer networking, expert knowledge on grant readiness, grant research, proposal writing, and grant management. In addition to in-class instruction, participants will have homework to deepen learning and have direct access to course trainers for feedback and support. This series perfectly introduces foundation proposal writing for small and rural nonprofits and those new to grant writing. Through this course, participants will gain tangible tools and strategies to bring back and implement in their nonprofit organizations. More details and registration information here.
Artificial Intelligence and Nonprofits (Virtual)
December 6, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: James Ellis, EV Strategic Partners
Join James Ellis of EV Strategic Partners for a comprehensive exploration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its strategic importance in the nonprofit sector. This presentation will provide an overview of AI's transformative role in content creation, analytics, and automation, while addressing the pivotal ethical aspects involved in its deployment. Participants will receive guidance on developing robust AI use policies that prioritize data privacy, security, and ethical standards. The session culminates with a foresight into future AI trends, equipping nonprofit leaders with the knowledge to navigate the evolving landscape of AI effectively and responsibly. More details and registration information here.
Alternative Leadership Structures: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Understanding the Path to Change (Virtual)
December 6, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Presenter: Debra Dunn, Synergy Resources Group
This presentation will explore alternative leadership structures such as co-directorships, flat organizational hierarchies, and unique board models. Discover how these innovative structures foster collaboration, promote shared decision-making and create a culture of inclusivity within nonprofit organizations. We will examine the benefits, challenges, and considerations of implementing alternative leadership models through engaging discussions and real-life case studies. Attendees will gain practical insights on assessing the effectiveness of their current leadership structure, evaluating whether and how structural changes could be a helpful tool, and what the path toward change could look like for their organization. More details and registration information here.
Information Session: Master of Nonprofit Leadership at Pacific University (Virtual)
December 6, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Presenters: Stella Premo and Corky McReynolds, Pacific University
Join Stella Premo for a 15-minute discussion on how to tackle a difficult conversation and the skills needed for a successful outcome. Stella Premo is the Executive Director of the Capital Region Family Business Center and is an instructor for the Managing People course for the Master of Nonprofit Leadership at Pacific University. Following Stella’s presentation, Dr. Corky McReynolds, Program Director, and Dr. Jim Moore, Interim Director of the School of Social Sciences, will facilitate a discussion with questions and answers for participants about the program’s unique design and approach to professional development. More details and registration information here. The online Master of Nonprofit Leadership at Pacific University begins its next cohort in January 2024. The program features experts from the nonprofit field with best practices from the profession.
HR for Small Nonprofits (Virtual)
December 7, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Debra Dunn, Synergy Resources Group
Nonprofits with fewer than 25 employees can face serious HR circumstances, often without the help they need. Join us as we learn how to manage human resource situations when your organization is not big enough to support a dedicated HR staff member or department.
In this session, we will discover how you can best respond to HR challenges in a way that cares for your employees and manages organizational risk. We will work together to explore various scenarios from managing escalating staff performance issues, responding to complaints, selecting the right benefits, and supporting your board of directors as they navigate executive compensation. More details and registration information here.
Growing a Culture of Care (Virtual)
December 13, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Emily Squires, Reimagine Everything
How do we create, grow and strengthen an internal organizational culture of genuine care and support rooted in our values? This interactive and inquiry-based Zoom conversation will ask you to reflect on and share your current organizational practices and experiences. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring genuine questions that are happening in real-time—this is not a lecture. We will discuss practical skills, including practices for group gatherings, deep listening, and Employee Resource Groups/affinity spaces. We will end the session with helpful tips and specific resources for ongoing learning and practice. More details and registration information here.
Engaging and Empowering Stakeholders with Financial Statements (Virtual)
December 13, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Erin Zollenkopf, Susan Matlock Jones & Associates
Join us to learn how to engage and empower your staff, board, and other internal stakeholders with financial statements. Often it can feel like the financial and non-financial staff are speaking a different language. Similarly, board members with backgrounds in for-profit industries can struggle with the nuance of nonprofit financial statements. This session with Erin Zollenkopf, CEO of Susan Matlack Jones & Associates, will provide concrete examples of communicating your financial information with internal stakeholders – such as development or program staff and board members. Participants will also receive tools to empower these internal stakeholders to engage with the financial information specific to their unique roles. More details and registration information here.
Equitable HR Policies & Employee Handbooks (Virtual)
December 14, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenters: Jodi Segal and Dr. DeShondra Smith, Big Change Consulting
Employee handbooks are fundamental for any nonprofit because they establish the working agreement between staff and the organization. In this session, we’ll discuss how employee handbooks can help recruit and retain excellent staff who are central to an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission. Employee handbooks are also important building blocks for creating DEI within an organization. While diversity in the recruitment process is helpful, few resources exist for nonprofit leaders to integrate and sustain DEI in their employee and operations policies. More details and registration information here.
Building Culture Through Generations: How to Tie a Multi-generational Workforce Together (Virtual)
December 14, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Erica Briggs, NAO
In many organizations today, the workplace is bringing together four generations, each with distinct values, beliefs and needs. An employee born in 1955 has a significantly different perspective than someone born in 2005. This is the age range many organizations must now accommodate. It is a business imperative for organizations to honor and engage the experience, gifts and talents of all employees to best solve the problems impacting these challenging times. In this session, leaders will explore intentional efforts to bridge the gap so workers of all ages feel respected and valued, and the force of the work can be empowered by the best of all perspectives. More details and registration information here.