October 21, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters,
Looking ahead to 2022, I know that many of us have strategic planning, budgeting, and hiring on our minds. I also know that hiring and staff retention over the last two years has not been easy. We have heard from many of you how difficult staffing is right now and have heard how difficult it is to find good staff members and volunteers. Retaining existing team members is essential to the delivery of our missions and we are working hard to find new and creative ways to both attract new talent and retain existing team members. 

Our colleagues at the National Council of Nonprofits have put together a quick survey to further investigate the scope of this problem and so we can all try to find some solutions. If your organization is facing staffing challenges, please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey, NAO will receive the data from all Oregon nonprofits who respond and the more information we have about what you’re all facing, the better we can serve you as your statewide membership organization. 

In addition to dealing with “The Great Resignation” (as it is being called) and staffing crisis, I know that nonprofits need additional support as we continue to operate in the midst of a global pandemic. The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a guide for how the government can partner with nonprofits for the benefit of all communities. This guide specifically focuses on ARPA funds and how nonprofits can utilize them, request them, and strengthen their partnerships with local, state, and federal government officials. To read this report, click here.

NAO is committed to continue to work with our state government to ensure as much of the ARPA funding as possible is getting to support communities, often through the implementation by nonprofits. Stay tuned as we keep tracking this important issue.
Stay healthy and be safe,

Jim White 
NAO Executive Director 
NAO's Upcoming Learning and Convening Opportunities
Virtual Rural Convening Opportunities

Fall 2021 Learn at Lunch Series
Are you on a nonprofit board or staff member looking for practical training and tools to strengthen your organizational leadership skills? Join NAO for an opportunity to learn at one of our regional Learn at Lunch sessions. Each series is made up of four, one-hour Zoom sessions held each week over the lunch hour. We'll provide bite-sized training in Board Management, Board Recruitment & Retention, Engaging Your Board in Fundraising and Finance Fundamentals.

Sessions are provided a la carte, so you can join us for all of them – or what topic you think is most applicable to your work now.

Upcoming Learn at Lunches regions: Linn and Benton Counties (Oct 26 & Nov 2); Douglas County (Oct 21, 28, Nov 4 & 11); and Yamhill County (Nov 2, 9, 16 & 23). More details and registration information, click here.

Nonprofit Resource Roundups
Join NAO for a virtual Nonprofit Resource Roundups! Participants will learn about funding resources and grant opportunities from foundation representatives; have an opportunity to virtually network with other nonprofits in your area; connect with NAO resources; and explore current policy and proposals that impact Oregon nonprofits. 
Each are free; however, space is limited so register soon!
Virtual Networks

Registration for individual network sessions are open! Due to the continued rise of the Delta variant, all NAO networks will be virtual only through the end of the year. We will continue to prioritize the safety of our communities, monitor COVID-19 cases, and hospital capacities on a regular basis – we're hopeful that we can convene in person safely in 2022.
NAO Member Pass – Sale ends October 31!

NAO Member Pass holders may register for events across all six of NAO’s networks now through 2022. The unique discount code may be used for 10 registrations (per pass). Passes are shareable across your organization - Purchase now through October 31, 2021.
How to Manage the Opportunities and Challenges of Shifts in Funding
October 27, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Lesley Bennett, CFO Selections
Since the beginning of the pandemic, many organizations have seen major shifts in funding. What are the common pitfalls of short-term changes in funding? What should organizations do to weather these shifts in funding? This session will focus on how to manage short-term shifts in funding without overextending their long-term capacity or missing the opportunity to build for the future. More details and registration information here.

Wellness and Wellbeing for Leaders and Their Teams - The BrainScience of Compassionate Leadership
November 9, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Anna Young, Anna Young Leadership Coaching
As leaders, over the last year and a half, our inboxes have been flooded from leadership and HR firms alike, emphasizing the importance of wellbeing. Through presentation and discussion we will create a safe supportive environment to discuss the challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to come out with concrete and practical steps they can take and tips for how to help them stick. More details and registration information here.

Bridging to Authentic DEI for Maintaining Trust
November 10, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Alexis James, Construct the Present
In this session, participants will learn how to apply DEI best practices within an organizational development context while bringing conscious awareness to their own learned biases. By reflecting on self-identities and bridging some of the divides that exist when it comes to talking about race, this session will encourage a deeper understanding of creating an inclusive culture rooted in trust and authentic conversations. More details and registration information here.

Reviewing New Elements of Operational Risk and Preparing for the Unexpected
November 18, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Presenters: Matt Lokan, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors and Joe Poretto, First Nonprofit
The scale and scope of the pandemic has changed how nonprofit leaders need to be thinking about business continuity and addressing operational risks. Issues like cybersecurity, executive liability, employment practices and disaster preparedness can no longer be back burner issues as we consider our organizational and fiscal risks today and into the future. Join us for this session to refresh your thinking and prepare for the unexpected. More details and registration information here.

Envision Your Roadmap to HR Success in Challenging, Changing Times
December 1, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Christine Frazer, Christine Frazer HR Strategist
Remote working arrangements are quickly becoming our new normal. In this virtual network session, Christine Frazer will discuss remote work policies that will set you up for success and help you learn how to manage employees with greater flexibility while fostering shared accountability as we settle into these long-term working conditions. More details and registration information here.
NAO Member Pass – Sale ends October 31!

NAO Member Pass holders may register for events across all six of NAO’s networks now through 2022. The unique discount code may be used for 10 registrations (per pass). Passes are shareable across your organization - Purchase now through October 31, 2021.
NAO Webinars

Effective Supervision Practices for Advancing Equity and Inclusion (Two-Part Webinar)
December 1 and 8, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Presenter: Cliff Jones, Capacity Building Partnerships
Employees are your organization’s greatest resource. Effective support and direction for your staff, as well as understanding ways to work across differences will help create an environment where people can fully contribute and advance your organization’s mission and goals. In this two-part series, we’ll explore the most essential elements of a supervisor’s role with a diversity, equity and inclusion lens. Cliff will offer insight into the specific challenges of supervision in the nonprofit environment to help you identify concrete goals and changes that you can implement with individual staff and teams. Participants will also examine strategies to address unclear expectations between staff and supervisor, ambivalence about authority, low pay, and heavy workloads. More details and registration information, click here.
If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact NAO's Training Program Coordinator at training@nonprofitoregon.org.
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.