I'm predicting much energy, happiness, and good fortune for Oregon's nonprofits in 2020!
Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

It’s that time of the year in the northwest when Mother Nature bestows us with her bounty of wintry weather of snow, rain, and sneaker waves! 2020 has kicked off as energetically as Mother Nature has. On January 25, many in our communities celebrated the Lunar New Year and welcomed the Year of the Rat and we hope the year will bring much energy, happiness, and good fortune to all!

Here at NAO, we are looking forward to a great 2020! For those who attended NAO’s Annual Meeting yesterday – in person or virtually – we shared our 2019 Mission Impart Report and a preview of some of what we have in store for the sector in 2020. I’m proud of the work NAO staff delivered last year in service to our members and the greater Oregon nonprofit community. We enhanced our member benefits; delivered more than 100 learning and convening events; published our Equity & Inclusion Lens Guide and Charitable Giving Report; partnered with organizations around the state and nationally, such as the Building Movement Project; and were actively involved with ORS 65 changes.

Nonprofit News and Resources
2020 Compensation & Benefits Survey
Your organization's employees are its greatest asset. How you compensate your greatest asset impacts your organization's overall performance.

NAO invites all 501(c)(3) organizations in Oregon to participate in the 2020 Compensation & Benefits Survey scheduled for distribution Tuesday, February 18.

Information about employee compensation and benefits is one of the top requests we get at NAO. In response to your needs, we are launching this survey for the first time--focused on nonprofits - by your own nonprofit state association.

We ask that one person per organization complete the survey. The survey will include questions about job positions, salaries and benefits your organization provides. Please click the link below to ensure that the survey is distributed to the appropriate contact for your organization.

ORS Chapter 65 Changes
What you need to know about changes to ORS 65 for your nonprofit!

Changes to ORS Chapter 65 went into effect January 1, 2020. The statutory changes applies to all nonprofit corporations, including public benefit nonprofit corporations. To learn more about changes (and other legal resources for your nonprofits) impacting public benefit corporations, download NAO’s nonprofit tip sheet and handout.

NAO will be hosting a webinar on February 11 at noon with subject matter expert David Atkin, Director and Attorney of Center for Nonprofit Law. This webinar is free for NAO members and $15 for "yet-to-be" members. You won’t want to miss this session! Register here.
Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference 2020
Celebrating 31 years of leadership development and capacity building for Oregon nonprofit leaders and organizations

The Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference is scheduled for April 20-21 in Ashland, Oregon. Visit oregonnonprofitleadersconference.org to learn more about this year's featured speakers and sessions, and to learn about scholarships! Early bird sale begins February 24.

The annual conference brings together nearly 400 nonprofit leaders for two immersive days of education, information and networking, offering sessions on current, relevant and inspiring topics facing nonprofits today, and draws participation from nationally and regionally respected keynote speakers and workshop leaders. Participants also have the opportunity to engage with funders from across the region.
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Website platform and marketing tools for nonprofits
New NAO member benefit: Firespring

NAO has teamed up with Firespring to provide websites, integrated marketing tools, fundraising tools and educational content to NAO nonprofit organizational members at highly discounted rates. Firespring knows that the best nonprofit websites make it easy to manage events, launch branded fundraising campaigns and tell your story through a captivating design–all from one user-friendly content management system (CMS) with a cherry on top: live support to help it all run smoothly. A powerful, beautiful website is not only possible–it’s what Firespring helps thousands of nonprofits with every day.

Get to Know Nonprofit Members!
Featured NAO member: Hearts for Hospice
Mission: Support local hospice and palliative care services, end-of-life education, and grief programs for children and adults.

Hearts for Hospice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Springfield, Oregon founded by a committed group of volunteers. Hearts for Hospice's purpose is to raise funds for nonprofit hospice, palliative care programs, and grief programs for both children and adults, and to educate our community about hospice and end-of-life concerns.

Featured NAO member: Reading Results
Mission: Working toward the vision that all children have the right to read and succeed, Reading Results partners with schools serving low-income students to provide a proven reading intervention program.

Reading Results is a nonprofit that partners with schools serving low-income students to provide a proven reading intervention program in the Portland, Oregon metro area. Working through our equity lens, Reading Results is committed to helping struggling learners get on the path toward academic success and a brighter future.

NAO's membership Statewide! Who are they?
What to be featured in this section?
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!
Upcoming Learnings and Convenings
What All Board Member Need to Know About Fundraising
Event details: February 4 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Engaged, involved, and confident board members fuel fundraising success. Today, we will learn all you need to know as board members to be active and effective ambassadors for the organizations you serve. Learning objectives include: understanding why board members are a vital part of fundraising; learning what parts of the fundraising cycle board members are most effective at; and the keys to donor-centered fundraising.

Building Constituency: Turning Engagement into Action
Event details: February 5 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

An essential element of the mission-driven work that nonprofits do each day is the formation, retention and growth of constituency. In order to achieve mission impact, nonprofit leaders turn positive engagement of our constituents into action in many ways, including volunteering, charitable giving, committee and board membership and legacy giving. In this session we will discuss the fundamental principles of constituency development and explore ways to turn engagement into action!

Conducting Culturally Responsive Evaluations
Event details: February 6 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Gain a greater understanding of evaluation using a culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) framework. In this session, we will identify CREE strategies that can be readily applied to your unique setting and needs. We will also meet others who are advancing CREE in the context of complex on-the-ground realities.

ORS 65 Changes: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know
Event details: February 11, Online learning
NAO Member Webinar: No cost for NAO members

The session will highlight some of the changes to ORS 65, which went into effect January 1, 2020. The statutory changes affect the way all nonprofits in Oregon work and act. The session will cover simplified rules for majority voting, allowances for voting by email, modifications to the conflicts of interest provisions and changes to a number of requirements for membership nonprofits.

Unpacking Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Event details: February 12 in Florence, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

If your organization is ready to take on the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion but feels apprehensive about where to begin, this is the workshop for you. This workshop unpacks common definitions, systems, and frameworks that can de-center dominant culture and create an inclusive environment for marginalized identities.

Union County Nonprofit Resource Roundup
Event details: February 12 in La Grande, Oregon
NAO event: No cost to attend

The Union 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. 

Annual GAAP Update and 990 Reporting
Event details: February 13 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

This year’s session will provide an in-depth look at updates from the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the AICPA, including a discussion of what we have learned this year working with the FASB’s new financial reporting model. We will also share insights into the new requirements for customer contract revenue recognition, the clarified standards for accounting for grants and contracts, and the future accounting standards applicable to operating leases. We will also address key updates for preparation of the IRS’s Form 990.

What's the Next Step? Starting or Improving Your Planned Giving Program
Event details: February 20 in Eugene, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Planned giving programs can provide substantial long-term support for an organization, but planned giving often gets put on the back burner as we focus on the most immediate needs and goals. How do you allocate time to planned giving when you are struggling to make your annual giving goal? This session will help you determine your next steps whether you are starting out or looking to improve your current planned giving program.

Big Gifts: Where to Find Them, How to Get Them
Event details: February 26 in Bend, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Whether you are just getting started with a major donor program or are an experienced fundraiser wanting to brush up on your soft skills in making the ask, this workshop will equip you to find new major donor prospects, effectively make the ask and manage ongoing relationships. You’ll learn how to implement the four key steps to a major gift and increase your confidence with major prospects.

Strategic Financial Management for Nonprofit Leaders
Event details: February 27 in Medford, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Strategic financial management is critical to nonprofit success and sustainability. It involves actively building, monitoring and adjusting the organization’s business model. Successful nonprofit leaders must get in front of the organization’s financial strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities, and keep financial health and sustainability in the scope. This session provides nonprofit leaders with an overview of key strategic financial management concepts, as well as practical methods for fulfilling this role within organizations.

Oregon Nonprofit Community Calendar
Check out the Oregon Nonprofit Community Calendar featuring NAO and community events happening across the state. NAO members also have the opportunity to submit event listings for free!

The Oregon Nonprofit Community Calendar is provided by the Nonprofit Association of Oregon with support from our members and funders. The goal of the calendar is to have one central location to promote, network, and coordinate nonprofit events across Oregon.

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.

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