November 16, 2023

Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters,

Giving season is upon us! I hope that you are having a successful end-of-year fundraising campaign for all the great work your organizations do. Whether you’re an individual, community organization, nonprofit, small or large business, there are hundreds of ways to give back, such as through acts of kindness, gifts of voice, time, talent, or monetary donations. The team here at NAO took Friday, Nov 3rd, to volunteer and give back to our communities. We gathered at the Kindness Farm in SE Portland to harvest vegetables and pull weeds. The veggies went to New Avenues for Youth, which supports young people experiencing homelessness on the streets of Portland. We then went to the Oregon Food Bank in NE Portland to pack root vegetables for the WIC program. Here at NAO, we encourage you to support (in any capacity) a local nonprofit in your community. Giving back is a cornerstone of the values of the nonprofit sector. Visit your favorite nonprofit's website to learn how to engage and help fulfill their missions.    

And please be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 28, as #GivingTuesday, a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. 

Wishing you all a Happy and restful Thanksgiving!

Jim White

NAO Executive Director

Nonprofit News

Giving Campaigns in Oregon

For those in the Portland Metro area, we encourage you to check out Willamette Weeks Give!Guide for a list of participating organizations you can donate to now through December 31. We’re excited to see so many NAO members included in the Give!Guide. Several other collaborative giving campaigns exist in other parts of the state. In Central Oregon, the Central Oregon Gives campaign is in full swing, and many Giving Tree groups have formed across the state. If you haven’t launched your organization’s year-end appeal, please look for collaborative giving campaigns to get involved with!

Join NAO for our Annual Meeting and a Member Day of Learning!

Join us virtually on January 9, 2024, for this celebration of you as NAO members. Hear what is in store for you in 2024 and help us launch our *new brand and website!* NAO Member Learning Day is a day of learning provided just to you as part of your benefits in our network. We have three amazing learning sessions following the NAO Annual Meeting, including a showcase of NAO's new website and Member Dashboard.

Sessions will explore the state of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) progress in the nonprofit sector; the changing policy landscape for Oregon nonprofits in 2024; and strategies for achieving team cohesion and readiness ahead of your critical planning processes.

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Time: 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Pricing: FREE

NAO's Annual Meeting and Member Learning Day are available to our members only. To learn more or to register, please log into the Members Only Area.

At the Federal Level

As many of you know, NAO has prioritized systems change inside government to modernize grantmaking and contracting with nonprofits. We are part of a nationwide movement of nonprofits to improve how nonprofits and governments can partner for the benefit of our communities. Whether or not you currently receive public funding, this change will impact us all, so please read through these upcoming opportunities and get involved! 

Join us next Monday, November 20, at the National Council of Nonprofits’ webinar on The Urgency of Government Grants Reform for Your Nonprofit. This webinar will highlight the many challenges charitable nonprofits face in seeking and performing under government grants and will also identify progress in reforming grant laws and practices at the federal and state levels. NAO’s Phillip Kennedy-Wong will be one of the speakers. Please register yourself to attend or receive the recording.  


Comment in favor of changes to the Uniform Grants Guidance proposed by the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) by Dec. 4. This guidance has not been updated since 2014, so we all need to act! The proposal includes increasing the minimum administrative overhead rate on most federal grants from 10% to 15%, raising the single audit threshold to $1 million, and establishing a complaint process for nonprofit grantees. Our colleagues at CalNonprofits put together this great summary of the proposed changes. Please log in to OMB’s site and submit a formal comment. At the very least, we want to let them know that changing the de minimus overhead rate from 10% to 15% is badly needed.  


 Support the Streamlining Federal Grants Act by signing this coalition letter ASAP and letting your congressional representatives know that you support this bill. This bill will improve the effectiveness and performance of federal grants and cooperative agreements, simplify the application and reporting requirements, and facilitate greater coordination among federal agencies responsible for delivering services to the public. It complements the proposed OMB changes and aligns with the work NAO is doing at the State level through the passage of SB606 and the formulation of the Task Force on Nonprofit Grantmaking and Contracting. 

NAO's Upcoming Learning and Convening Opportunities

Policy Lab (Virtual)

The Role of Foundations In Gap Funding for Nonprofits

December 6, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Presenter: Phillip Kennedy-Wong, NAO

Is your nonprofit impacted by late payments from your government grants, contracts, or appropriations? Is your foundation interested in supporting nonprofits with low-cost bridge funding? Join a conversation with Oregon nonprofits and foundations to learn about a collaborative effort by New York City foundations to provide no-interest loans, returnable grant funds, and arts capital loans to the nonprofit sector. We will feature guest speakers from the Fund for New York City who will explain how this effort started and what it has meant to the nonprofit sector. We’ll discuss what Oregon can learn from their experience. This session is free and available to NAO members only. To register, log into the Members Only Area

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 hereThe 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.

NAO's Regional Networks

Want to connect with other nonprofit leaders in your area? Join us at a regional network in Bend, Corvallis, Medford, Portland, or Springfield! 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.


The 2023-24 network series will offer a combination of in-person and virtual sessions between September and June. Click through to see the scheduled event for each network and to buy a Member Pass!



Nonprofit Network of Central Oregon (NNCO) – Upcoming Dec. 7



Mid-Valley Nonprofit Network (MVNN) – Upcoming Dec. 13 & 14


Portland Metro

Equity and Inclusions Leaders Network (EILN) – Upcoming Dec. 13

Nonprofit Fiscal Managers Network (NFMA) – Upcoming Dec. 14

Nonprofit Leaders Network (NLN) – Upcoming Dec. 6



Rogue Valley Nonprofit Network (RVNN) – Upcoming Dec. 14



Lane County Nonprofit Network (LCNN) – Upcoming Dec. 6

If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact NAO's Training team at
Thank you to the following FUNDERS 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.
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