Our powerful nonprofit sector!
Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

The numbers are in and they are impressive! Each year the Oregon Employment Department crunches the number and produces an overview of employment by Oregon's nonprofit sector. The Oregon's Nonprofits in 2018 was just released last week. I have to admit that I geek out a bit on this data. Here are a few of the highlights from the report:
  • 196,300 employees work for the 9,800 staffed nonprofits in Oregon.
  • Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest nonprofit employers.
  • Nonprofits make up 11.9 percent of Oregon's private sector employment.
  • Oregon's nonprofits paid an average $51,844, just $194, or 0.4 percent below the private for-profit industries $52,038 in 2018.
  • Nonprofits reported $23.07 median hourly wage (1st quarter 2018).
  • About 22,500 rural Oregonians are employed by nonprofits.
It is important to note that for this study, the OED includes all types of nonprofits, not just 501(c)(3)s. Kudos to the team at the Oregon Employment Department, especially Nick Beleiciks and Dallas Fridley, for this important data report. The power of the nonprofit sector in economic scale and employment responsibilities is striking.

2019 High Desert Nonprofit Leaders Conference: Advancing Our Communities Together
Event details: September 25 in Sunriver, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $75 off
 
This full-day conference is focused on bringing together nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and others who are engaged in the nonprofit sector for an update on Oregon's nonprofit sector, connect with each other, learn from subject-matter experts and network with peers.

The conference theme is Advancing our Communities Together addressing leadership, resource development, nonprofit resiliency, board-staff relationship, etc. Participants have the flexibility to choose breakout sessions based on their interests and needs. The conference lunchtime keynote speaker will be Max Williams, President and CEO of Oregon Community Foundation - you won't want to miss hearing his perspective on the landscape ahead for Oregon's nonprofits.

Register here
Thought Leadership
How Much Cash Should a Nonprofit Have in Reserves?
Thoughts from: Nancy Smith, Financial Manager, CFO Selections

In early 2019, Portland entrepreneur Junki and Linda Yoshida donated their landmark Troutdale home as a retreat for kids who are battling cancer to the Randall Children's Hospital Foundation, valued at approximately $2 million. 

Another story this year about remarkable generosity: Naitos' real estate proceeds lead to at least $5.5M in philanthropic gifts. In addition to Lines for Life, members of the Naito family will also be contributing gifts to eight other organizations for a total of $5.5 million. Among the other organizations are Raphael House of Portland, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Nikkei Endowment, the Portland Audubon Society and Central City Concern.

Relying on these types of unexpected donations is one way to build up your organization's reserves, but you can't count on these generous gifts.

$$$avings Opportunities
A New Way to Provide Your Employees Better Benefits
at a Lower Cost
NAO member benefit: Nonstop Wellness

NAO's partner, Nonstop Wellness offers its unique, partially self-funded health insurance program to NAO nonprofit members with at least 50 staff members on benefits. The program helps nonprofits control the cost of their employee health benefits without slashing coverage. They also provide an easy one-stop-shop for benefits administration, billing reconciliation, online enrollment, and more. Nonstop is a local mission-driven health benefits broker that believes in the power of healthcare equity and is committed to helping nonprofits.


Not an NAO member? Join today! Contact membership@nonprofitoregon.org
Additional NAO member cost-saving services through NAO partners:
 
Background checks and screening: Coeus Global
Directors & Officers Insurance: Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors
Credit card processing: Bluewater Nonprofit Solutions
Fundraising tools: DonorSearch
Fundraising tool: Bloomerang
Grantseeking tool: GrantStation Member Value Program
Healthcare coverage (50+ staff members): Nonstop Wellness
Human resources support services: Mammoth HR
Nonprofit job board: Mac's List
Office supplies and everyday items: Office Depot
Payroll and human capital management services and technology: GNSA
Retirement Plan Solutions: Impact Benefits & Retirement
Unemployment management services: Unemployment Services Trust

Leverage these resources here
Get to Know NAO Nonprofit Members!
Featured NAO member: Fanconi Anemia Research Fund
Mission: To find better treatments and a cure for Fanconi anemia and to provide education and support services to affected families worldwide.

The Fanconi Anemia Research Fund (FARF) is the world leader in advancing research for better treatments and a cure for Fanconi anemia. Founded in 1989 by parents Lynn and David Frohnmayer, FARF has supported 232 grants to 74 institutions and 152 investigators worldwide. Over the last 29 years, our outstanding donors have enabled us to fund $23 million in research grants.

Featured NAO member: Portland Community Football Club
Mission: Offer high quality, affordable club soccer low-income, immigrant, and refugee youth from 3-18 years old in the Portland Metro area.

The Portland Community Football Club was created out of a growing need for a soccer club that would provide a high quality playing experience for underserved youth in Portland without the high expense.  In the Fall of 2012 Kaig Lightner, Founder and Executive Director, began to develop the concept of PCFC in coordination with some passionate and frustrated soccer parents. PCFC believes that every child deserves the opportunity to participate in an organized, high quality soccer club regardless of their income level. 

NAO's members statewide! Who are they?

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Be in the spotlight. Share how your nonprofit is making a difference in your community!

We are excited to offer a spotlight opportunity for NAO's nonprofits members. Share information about your organization, recent accomplishments and how being an NAO member has helped your nonprofit succeed in furthering your mission.

Fill out Q & A  (For NAO nonprofit members only)
Not an NAO member? Join our network today!
Nonprofit News and Resources
NAO is hiring a new Training Program Coordinator!
 
Are you passionate about serving Oregon's nonprofit sector? We are seeking to add a dedicated NAO team member who is organized, detail-oriented and able to manage fast-paced and complex deadlines. The Training Program Coordinator plays a critical role in all aspects of NAO's Training Program offerings which consist of in-person and online delivery of dozens of statewide events per year. The Training Program Coordinator handles all of the advance, onsite, and post-event logistics, customer service and presenter support and also plays a key role in program planning, monitoring, and evaluation activities.

Open until position is filled.  Position Announcement
Building Movement Project's Race to Lead Survey
Do you care about racial equity? Do you work at a nonprofit? BMP wants your  perspective   - make your voice heard. 

In 2016, the Building Movement Project conducted a national survey on race and leadership in nonprofits. The data from that survey led to the development of the popular Race to Lead report series. This summer, the Race to Lead survey is back! By participating, you will contribute to one of the largest existing data sets on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector and will help inform the next round of Race to Lead reports. The confidential survey is open to anyone working for pay in the sector and takes about 25 minutes to fill out. Deadline is Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Moda and the Trail Blazers to Visit Oregon Communities for Seventh Annual Rip City Rally!
This year's route will include stops in Baker City, La Grande, Hermiston, The Dalles and Sandy - Join in on the fun!

Moda and the Portland Trail Blazers are proud to announce the Seventh Annual Rip City Rally. Beginning Monday, September 9, a team of Moda and Trail Blazers ambassadors and staff will embark on a week-long journey to cities and towns across Oregon, engaging with Trail Blazers fans all along the way. This event brings Oregon communities together with energy and enthusiasm to showcase the Trail Blazers as "Oregon's Team".

AmeriCorps VISTA Request for Concept Papers
AmeriCorps VISTA is a full-time national service program for organizations interested in developing lasting solutions to the problem of poverty in the United States.

The Oregon State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is seeking concept papers for the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program.

AmeriCorps VISTA is a full-time national service program for organizations interested in developing lasting solutions to address poverty. Nonprofit organizations, Indian Tribes, and state, city, and local government agencies are eligible to be AmeriCorps VISTA sponsors. AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed with a sponsor organization to develop and expand services and programs that help lift low-income individuals out of poverty. Their work is concentrated on building the capacity of the organization and community. Each year, over 800 organizations host more than 8,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members.

Would you like to expand your community reach and build organizational capacity? If so, please consider becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA sponsor! Concept papers are due by Tuesday, October 1.

Upcoming Learnings and Convenings
2019-2020 NAO Learning Network Season Pass Sales!

Save on individual seats to NAO's 2019-2020 learning network season by purchasing a Season Pass! To learn more, or see a preview of each learning network topic, choose a series below: 

Portland Board Network in Portland (NEW!)

Interested in sponsoring an NAO network? contact lhall@nonprofitoregon.org.
The Next Dimension of Equity: Including People with Disabilities as Part of Nonprofit Diversity Work
Event details: August 21, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $15 off

Disability is a social construct defining what is "normal" and what is not. For organizations already building an understanding of race, gender, and other social constructs and their consequences, this webinar offers a framework to help leaders consider disability in equity planning and identify ways their nonprofits can better include people with disabilities on staff and boards, and among the population served.

Key Elements for Building an Intentional Fundraising Program
Event details: September 10 and 12, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $40 off

Building a strong and intentional fundraising program is hard work. It can bring great joy and great frustration if you are the one leading this effort. Start simple with the key elements that matter most. We will spend our time together making an action plan that builds upon your successes. Leave with a renewed enthusiasm for how you are going to achieve great fundraising success!

...About Commonly Held Nonprofit Best Practices - Fact or Myth? And The Five Things You Need to Know For Everyday Nonprofit Success!
Save the date: September 10, Online
NAO members-only webinar: No cost

Nonprofits are on the front line everyday - often - who are we kidding? - always - trying to do so much with limited resources. So which nonprofit best practices really are facts and which ones are myths? Inquiring minds want to know. We don't want to be spending precious time focusing on everyday organizational practices that are ineffective and don't lead to individual and organizational nonprofit success.

You'll hear about the research conducted on nonprofit management best practices. Some of the findings reinforce what we think and know about nonprofit best practices, others not so much. How can nonprofit organizations be more effective by applying these five proven elements in their every day work? Tune in to find out more!

Register here (NAO members must be logged in to access registration)
Lane County Nonprofit Resource Roundup
Event details: September 11 in Junction City, Oregon
NAO event: No cost

The Lane County Nonprofit Resource Roundup is a learning and networking opportunity convened by the Nonprofit Association of Oregon for nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers to connect, meet funders, and learn about valuable tools and resources designed specifically for nonprofits. 

After the funders 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.

Strategic Fundraising in Rural Communities
Event details: September 12 in Florence, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $15 off

From top to bottom, a readiness workshop for nonprofits contemplating a fundraising campaign. This session is for nonprofit organizations of all sizes and would be ideal for Executive Directors, Board Members, and Development staff considering a large fundraising campaign effort.

Strategic Fundraising in Rural Communities
Save the date: September 13 in Newport, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $15 off

From top to bottom, a readiness workshop for nonprofits contemplating a fundraising campaign. This session is for nonprofit organizations of all sizes and would be ideal for Executive Directors, Board Members, and Development staff considering a large fundraising campaign effort.

Nonprofit Board Success
Event details: September 14 in Prineville, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $15 off

Join us for this half-day workshop that will help you strengthen your board and your organization! In this interactive and engaging session you will learn about: Roles, responsibilities and legal duties of a nonprofit board; How the Board Chair, Board and CEO work together most effectively; How to recruit and retain the board members you really need; and Board diversity: Getting started. You will also gain useful tips and tools you can apply immediately to organize the work of your board!

What the Health Reimbursement Arrangement
Event details: September 17, Online
Partner event: No Cost

Traditional fully-insured employee health insurance is taking its toll on the nonprofit workforce. Faced with aggressively rising health insurance premiums, skyrocketing deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, nonprofits are struggling to provide competitive health benefits to their employees.

One underutilized health insurance model that controls costs without slashing benefits is a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), an IRS-approved, employer-funded account that helps employees pay for qualified medical expenses not covered by their health plans. Join NAO's partner, Nonstop Administration & Insurance Services, for their upcoming webinar on September 17th at noon to learn more about this often-overlooked option and to see if its a good fit for your nonprofit organization.

How to Make Your Next Fundraising Event a Success
Event details: September 19, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $20 off

In this session you will learn what it takes to make your next event a fundraising success. Putting on fundraising events can be time consuming and a challenge to resources. The details can take on a life of their own and deciding what is the right event or activity can be overwhelming. We will talk about the full event process, from beginning to end, and the components that make up an event. You will learn how to organize an event efficiently so your team can focus on other elements of your fundraising strategy including the most important of all, donor cultivation.

Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference
Event details: September 25 - 26 in Ontario, Oregon
Community event
 
In partnership with Four Rivers Community Foundation, the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship is proud to present the Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference this September.

The event hosts a number of expert speakers to provide informative talks and interactive workshops alongside opportunities for networking. The 2019 conference will include a variety of sessions that cover a wide scope of topics such as fund development, financial accountability, organizational and board development, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Register here
How to Craft a Winning Digital Fundraising Plan
Event details: September 26, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $20 off

he online fundraising landscape is constantly evolving, from new ways to communicate and engage supporters to advances that make the donation process that much simpler. This workshop-style online session will explore the essential elements of a digital fundraising plan, explaining how to create or update your existing plan and incorporating it into your annual giving strategy. Topics will include donation pages, tracking and metrics, social media, email, mobile, and more.

Umatilla County Nonprofit Resource Roundup
Event details: October 1 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon
NAO event: No cost

The Umatilla County Nonprofit Resource Roundup is a learning and networking opportunity convened by the Nonprofit Association of Oregon for nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers to connect, meet funders, and learn about valuable tools and resources designed specifically for nonprofits. 

After the funders 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.

'Nuts & Bolts' to Build Your Organization's Strategic Plan
Event details: October 2 in Pendleton, Oregon
NAO event: No cost

This one-day program is designed to provide CEO and board leadership teams from rural nonprofit organizations with the steps, tools and knowledge to develop a strategic plan. In this interactive and engaging session you will learn more about:  What is and is not strategic planning and the benefit of creating a strategic plan for your organization; How your mission and vision inform and guide the planning process; The phases and roles of strategic planning and tools and activities you can use to engage your planning team in creating a well-designed plan.
100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon Reception Dinner
Save the date: October 3 in Portland, Oregon
Partner event

Join NAO and Oregon Business for a evening of celebration honoring 2019 100 Best Nonprofit to Work for in Oregon recipients.

Ask, Thank, Report, Repeat: Year-End Fundraising
Event details: October 3 and 10, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $80 off

Whether you're just stepping into your first fundraising role or you are a seasoned fundraising veteran, this two-part webinar series will be useful for you! You need a fundraising plan and rhythm that encourages donor trust and raises more money. You desire fundraising confidence. Ask, Thank, Report, Repeat is the answer. Come learn the secrets behind these four simple, yet powerful, words. By the end of this webinar series you will know how to build an annual fundraising plan that is measurable, repeatable and successful.

'Nuts & Bolts' to Build Your Organization's Strategic Plan
Event details: October 4 in Ontario, Oregon
NAO event: No cost

This one-day program is designed to provide CEO and board leadership teams from small-to-midsize rural nonprofit organizations with tools they can use to develop a strategic plan. Learn what is and is not strategic planning and how your organization can benefit from a well-informed planning process. In this interactive session, learn the phases and activities to engage your planning team in a robust process. Find out how to involve staff, board members and community stakeholders in creating your plan and where in the process you might benefit from engaging outside help. Discover the important role your organization's mission and vision play to inform and guide the planning process and learn what you can do to keep your plan alive!
Project Impact Cohort in Portland
Cohort details: October 11 - May 8  in Portland, Oregon
Partner  cohort: NAO members receive $500 off

Oregon's nonprofit sector is robust and expansive. Lives are being touched every day. Communities are being transformed. But our collective capacity to prove and to improve our impact is insufficient. To ensure we are doing the greatest good for the communities we serve, we need an enhanced ability to engage in crisp, clear, effective and meaningful evaluation. Here's where Dialogues in Action comes in! Led by Steve Patty, well-renowned leadership development and impact evaluation expert, Dialogues in Action will be launching its 2019-2020 Project Impact nonprofit cohort this Fall in Portland! 

Project Impact is designed not only to produce credible findings about impact, but to build durable habits of evaluation within organizations.
Grant Readiness: Prepare Your Annual Calendar of Grantwriting
Event details: October 17, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $20 off

One measurement of organizational strength is having diverse income streams. Nonprofits that excel at maximizing revenue from grant funding are organized and prepared. In this hour-long course, review tools and strategies to be prepared for both your annual calendar of grantwriting and for new grant-funding opportunities. 
Stay Connected!
The Nonprofit Association of Oregon is the statewide nonprofit membership organization representing and supporting charitable nonprofits of all sizes, geographic locations and missions across Oregon. NAO strives to connect,  improve and advance all nonprofits to help build a thriving and vital Oregon.

Questions or comments about Oregon's Nonprofit Digest?
E-mail news@nonprofitoregon.org.