Listening to and connecting with nonprofits across the state!
Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

Wow, July is already over... YIKES! Can't we slow the summer down to savor the sun, blue skies and warmth of family and friends?! It always seems to go by so fast. I hope that you're getting time to smell the roses, sage, ocean, and pine!

In preparation for NAO's fall learning and convening events, I've been traveling around the state holding focus groups and connecting with nonprofit leaders about the most important issues on their minds. Here's what I heard...Many of you are grappling with staff retention issues with talented staff, concerns about funding, and a general sense of anxiety about the resiliency of your organizations going into the second half of the year and into 2020. You are optimistic about the opportunities presented by collaborations and peer-to-peer networks you are part of. Across the state, your top priorities for support and capacity building are: getting the most from your boards; human resources and back office support; and fund development. Our team is busy working to develop network trainings, workshops, webinars, and NAO's 2019 High Desert Nonprofit Leaders Conference in September that will meet your needs this fall and into the future. We are privileged to be your go-to resource for all things nonprofit.

Call for NAO 2020 Board Nominations - Closing this Friday!

Do you love Oregon nonprofits and all they stand for? Are you ready to use your talent and time to help build the nonprofit sector's voice and visibility? If this sounds like you or someone you know, we want to hear from you! 

NAO is growing our Board of Directors and looking for people who can make a difference statewide in the nonprofit sector. We are seeking a limited number of new board members to serve three (3) year terms beginning January 2020. We are particularly seeking individuals from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in Lane County and Central Oregon. 

The nomination process will close on Friday, August 2, 2019.

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Nonprofit Staff and Volunteer Screening That Works for Your Organization
NAO member benefit: Coeus Global

In partnership with NAO, Coeus Global offers discounted background checking and screening services for NAO's nonprofit members. Choosing the right risk management partner can help your organization provide a safe and secure environment for those you serve, as well as for those who give selflessly to your organization. Coeus Global provides all the expertise you need to establish a best-in-class custom screening process designed specifically to meet your organization's unique needs. To find out more, click on the link below!


Not an NAO member? Join today! Contact membership@nonprofitoregon.org
Get to Know NAO Nonprofit Members!
Featured NAO member: Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
Mission: To conserve and restore Tillamook County's estuaries and watersheds through active stewardship, scientific inquiry, community engagement, and education.

The Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Tillamook County's estuaries and watersheds in their entirety. TEP projects focus on water quality improvements, habitat restoration, landmark outdoor learning experiences for children, and education through recreation for people of all ages.

Featured NAO member: Sisters Trail Alliance
Mission: To connect people and communities to each other and their natural surroundings.

By creating and maintaining a community-wide trails system, the Sisters Trails Alliance seeks to connect everyone in the Sisters community to each other and to their natural surroundings, to expand safe pedestrian, equestrian and bicycle friendly, non-motorized transportation routes on public lands, to enhance the value of public recreational assets, to facilitate community involvement in protecting public lands and to promote health and wellness of residents and visitors.

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
Five Actions Nonprofit Can Take to Enhance, Protect and Defend Their Reputation
Written by: Casey Boggs, President, ReputationUs

Nonprofits want to tell their stories and support their causes. To do this successfully, nonprofits must, among many other things, take care of their reputation. Reputation is building familiarity, establishing trust and fortifying confidence within your nonprofit and within the communities you serve and from whom you receive support. Conversely, nonprofits are sometimes tasked with protecting their valuable reputations during a crisis or addressing a challenging issue or political climate affecting their cause. 

However, many nonprofits are unsure about their reputation (i.e., what others are saying, or not saying, about the nonprofit) or don't have the capacity to fully manage a reputation campaign. Yet, with some small steps, enhancing, protecting and defending your nonprofit's reputation can help to raise funds, increase volunteerism, raise the profile of your mission and organization, promote your cause, and share stories to illustrate your challenges and/or successes.


ReputationUs interviewed Lilisa Hall of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon to discuss the role reputation plays for nonprofits. Watch video (Duration: 1 minute)
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.

Impact Benefits & Retirement Webinar Recording
Learn more about NAO's newest member benefit - ImpactRetireNPO!

Last month NAO announced its newest partnership with Impact Benefits & Retirement to offer a new member benefit: ImpactRetireNPO - a retirement plan designed specifically for Oregon's nonprofits.  On July 9, NAO hosted a webinar with Mary Cabellero, Managing Partner of Impact Benefits & Retirement to share more and answer questions about this exciting new program.

Watch free webinar recording (Duration 52 minutes)
2019 UST Nonprofit UI Toolkit
Learn about best practices for unemployment compensation and the ideal approach to take when dealing with unemployment hearings.

Unemployment  Services Trust has compiled some of its top unemployment guides for managing nonprofit unemployment risk and created the 2019 Nonprofit UI Toolkit. These tools provide valuable information that can help nonprofit organizations like yours better understand the ins and outs of unemployment from the employer's perspective.

These tools offer exclusive access to unemployment claims management tips, how-to-guides and an informative webinar recording. Plus, you can learn about best practices for unemployment compensation and the ideal approach to take when dealing with unemployment hearings. 

The More You Glow Series
A robust series of professional development opportunities focused on business law for everyone in the community.

Our friends at Rational Unicorn Legal Services LLC have a series of free to affordable seminars going on now through the Fall. Topics range from business law to business ownership. If you are a nonprofit or for-profit in the Portland Metro area, you might want check out their lineup! 

2020 Levitt AMP Grant Awards
#LevittAMP grants $25K in matching funds to produce outdoor, free concert series.

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation has an exciting grant opportunity for small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Up to 15 grantees will be awarded $25K each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music SeriesĀ¬-an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Online public voting determines the Top 25 finalists. 

Grant applications are due by September 20, 2019.

Upcoming Learnings and Convenings
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
Extend Your Nonprofit's Capacity: Tap into Expert Pro Bono Support!
Event details: August 13, Online
NAO members-only webinar: No cost

Have big dreams for your nonprofit but not the budget to match? Make them happen this year by adding pro bono to your nonprofit's toolbox and connect with expert marketing, technology, human resources, finance, and strategy volunteers. NAO has invited Taproot Foundation to share how you can do that!

Register here (NAO members must log in to register)
POC Bridge-Building Mixer
Event details: August 14 in Portland, Oregon
Community event: No cost

The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ BIPOC on staff at OCF, in collaboration with the Latino Partnership Program, want to get to know you better! BIPOC/LGBT+ BIPOC who wish to network, connect, share stories and create links to foundation resources are highly encouraged to attend this event. You are also welcomed to invite people within your network! 

This is a space that is centered on People of Color and closed to white allies. White allies are welcome to support by sharing or inviting People of Color in their social networks.

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 nonprofit can better include people with disabilities on its staff and board, and among its target population. The presenters, who are nonprofit professionals and people with disabilities, will share their personal and professional experiences, as well as resources and actions that help nonprofits create a culture that presumes competency of people with disabilities for authentic inclusion and accessibility.

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.

Registration coming soon!
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!

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
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.

Registration coming soon!
'Nuts & Bolts' to Build Your Organization's Strategic Plan
Save the date: October 4 in Ontario, 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.
 
Registration coming soon!
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.
NAO thanks our sponsors and supporters:
 
Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors
Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance
Center for Equity & Inclusion
CFO Selections
Columbia Bank
Country Financial
First Interstate Bank
Gordon Elwood Foundation
Heritage Bank
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Meyer Memorial Trust
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services
Oregon Community Foundation
Portland General Electric
The Carpenter Foundation
The Collins Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation
The Kinsman Foundation
The Standard
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
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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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