October 7, 2021
Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Supporters,
One week from today, NAO will be hosting our virtual Sage Summit and I’m looking forward to hearing from our excellent presenters, our funders panel, and my peers in attendance. 

If you haven’t registered yet, here are three reasons why I think you shouldn’t miss this event:

We've hand-picked speakers that will bring the most value to you!
The Sage Summit offers six 1-hour sessions on topics such as disaster preparedness, fundraising, and developing culturally responsive and inclusive programs. I am confident that each presenter will provide your board, staff, and volunteers with practical skills and tools they’ll be able to use immediately. To open the conference, we are excited to hear from Carol Cheney, the new CEO of The Collins Foundation. Our presenters are top-tier and they include leaders like Jane Wei-Skillern, Nancy Bacon, and Tanisha Tate Woodson, Ph.D. For the full schedule and to learn more about our presenters visit here.

The Sage Summit includes an energetic digital experience with Whova!
We designed our conference to not only be incredibly informative, but also incredibly interactive – there will be plenty of opportunity for peer interaction through the Whova virtual conference platform, a virtual exhibitor’s gallery, discussion boards, and so much more! This is a very different and much more engaging format than a Zoom call or conference.
Access to conference sessions and materials for 90 days.
As a participant of the Sage Summit, you will have 90 days to access replay of all conference sessions whenever it is convenient for you. If you missed or wish to go back to session, you have the ability to do that well after the conference is over. So even if you aren’t able to attend the Sage Summit live, your registration will allow you to participate at any time for 90 days.
I hope to see you all on the 14th!
Stay healthy and be safe,

Jim White 
NAO Executive Director 
Nonprofit News
Join Our Team - NAO Is Hiring A Program Coordinator

We are seeking to add a dedicated team member who is passionate about Oregon nonprofits, organized, detail-oriented, and adept at providing exceptional program support. The ideal candidate has skills and experience in event coordination, project implementation, customer service, and database administration. The Program Coordinator plays a critical role in all aspects of NAO’s Learning, Convening and Nonprofit Resource programs which consist of in-person and online event delivery. The Program Coordinator handles the advance, onsite, and post-event logistics, customer service, and also plays a key role in program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation activities. For more details on this role, see the position listing here.
The Great Shakeout
The last 18 months have taught us all that we need to be prepared for disasters of all kinds. A great place to start or continue planning for disasters of all kinds that will impact your organization is at Nancy Bacon’s two-part session Get Ready for a Disaster at our Sage Summit next week. In addition to Nancy’s comprehensive sessions, the annual The Great Shakeout is happening on 10/21 and it’s an excellent way to start thinking about your plans for the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that could impact our region at any time. For more information and resources on how to participate in this national event, visit here.
Congratulations to the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon
Earlier this week Oregon Business released its 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon list for 2021! Congratulations to all the nonprofits who made this prestigious list. We are especially pleased to recognize that many of the nonprofits who made the list are NAO Members – a special heartfelt congratulations to all of you – thank you for being part of the NAO network!
At the Federal Level
Debt Ceiling

This morning, Senate Democratic and Republican leaders have reached a short-term deal to raise the debt ceiling $480 billion into December. The new, expected debt ceiling deadline comes on the same day that funding for the federal government is set to expire. That means Congress must act by December 3 to stave off default and prevent a federal shutdown. A vote on this short-term deal could happen as early as today.
NAO's Upcoming Learning and Convening Opportunities
Sage Summit is Next Week!
October 14, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

NAO has combined the High Desert Conference and the Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference into one virtual summit available to all Oregonians with keynote speaker, Carol Cheney, Chief Executive Officer at the Collins Foundation! We have an exciting line-up of sessions, speakers, and panels planned. If you’re a nonprofit leader in Oregon, particularly in Eastern or Central Oregon, don’t miss the opportunity to attend.
NAO’s Sage Summit packs in all the learning, networking, and collaboration that you have come to expect from our conferences and we cannot wait for you to experience this one-day event with us. More details and registration here.
Virtual Nonprofit Learning Cohorts

Building a Robust Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan (Regular) 
October 20 to November 17, 11 – 12:15 p.m. | Facilitator: Gerardo Ochoa, Ed.M., Linfield University 
Join a cohort of nonprofit practitioners to ideate, collaborate, and start an organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategic plan. Nonprofit leaders at every level are often tasked with creating and implementing DEI strategies. In this series, participants will design community-centered strategies for the community they serve. Cohort participants may choose to design their own organizational strategic plan or support the development of a peer’s strategic plan. More details and registration information here
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. Members can purchase our Member Pass for a deep discount and priority registration for up to 10 sessions. Member Pass sales are available now through October 31, don't wait! Members and non-members can also purchase individual tickets to any sessions.
The Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership
October 13, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Steve Patty, Ph.D., Dialogues In Action
The times we live in require leadership. One of the key characteristics of a leader is the ability to take a group of people to a place they would not have gone otherwise. This is much more than managing people. This is seeing the good potential in people and providing thoughtful, skillful, and courageous engagement that calls them forward and develops them in service to a virtuous cause. Adaptation, in an evolutionary sense, is about people developing new ways of facing the challenges and making the most of opportunities to thrive and help others thrive in a changing world. More details and registration information here.

Creating Gender Inclusive Spaces - Understanding Pronouns 
October 14, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Kaig Lightner Quantum Gender Personal pronouns are a common part of speech that many people in Western cultures pay little attention to, however, pronouns are a critical part of everyone’s identity. In the last decade a significant cultural shift has begun that has brought a spotlight on the use of pronouns, gender neutral language and the appropriate ways to show respect to people of all gender identities/expressions. This workshop uses practical examples and personal stories from the presenter’s own lived experience as a transgender person. More details and registration information here.

Compliance Concerns and Considerations for Federal Funds
October 21, 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Presenter: Lesley Bennett, CFO Selections
Many organizations received increased federal funding or received federal funding for the first time since the pandemic began. Does your organization have compliance measures in place to meet the requirements of these funds? What is a federal audit? This session will address these issues and answer your questions about federal funding compliance. More details and registration information here.

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.

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.
These sessions are Member Pass eligible!

NAO Member Pass holders may register for events across all six of NAO’s networks. The unique discount code may be used for 10 registrations (per pass). Passes are shareable across your organization - Deadline to purchase is October 31, 2021.
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 are available to nonprofit leaders in these regions: Linn and Benton Counties (Oct 12 - Nov 2); Douglas County (Oct 21 - Nov 11); and Yamhill County (Nov 2 – 23). More details and registration information, click here.
NAO Webinars

Let’s Talk: Tips for Emerging Nonprofits
October 19, 11 – 12:00 p.m. | Hosted by: Rational Unicorn Legal Services
NAO is co-hosting a virtual panel discussion with our friends at Rational Unicorn Legal Services to talk about nonprofit law and compliance, programming, best practices, and tips for emerging nonprofits! Join us and ask them all real questions you might have about your nonprofit. More details and registration information here.
If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact NAO's Training Program Coordinator at training@nonprofitoregon.org.
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.