Hiking, picnics and opportunities to advance your nonprofit work!
Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

For many of us, this time of the year calls for some relaxing, enjoying the beautiful Oregon outdoors and ensuring our nonprofits are continuing to perform well. We're almost half way through the year, with solid work behind us and more opportunities ahead of us. Here at NAO we are closing out our 2018-2019 "network series" training season and have launched our planning for the fall series of learning and convening events. In fact, we will soon be launching a request for proposals for presenters for the learning sessions that we are planning across the state. If you have an interest in receiving that RFP, please contact us at training@nonprofitoregon.org.

We were especially happy to see so many folks come to the 6th Annual Nonprofit Symposium in Eugene produced together with Columbia Bank and the Center for Equity and Inclusion. It was a day of learning and great opportunities to exchange ideas on the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion with an emphasis on those that are just getting started in the work.

While our "network series" events go on hiatus through the summer, we are still bringing learning and convening events to you all through the summer. From Klamath Falls and Lakeview to Florence and Prineville, please be sure to check out our upcoming events in your community!

Thought Leadership
Data Breaches: It is not a matter of if a data breach will occur in your organization, it is a matter of when.
Thoughts from: Steve Miller, Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance

High profile cyber attacks and data breaches against large, well-known companies like Target and Marriott continue to dominate the media headlines. The reality is that small and midsize businesses including nonprofits are much more common targets of cyber attacks and data breaches. It only takes minutes for a resourceful hacker, virus or system glitch to shut down your entire network and impact the privacy of your customers, employees, donors, and others. A single cyber event or data security breach could result in damaging consequences to your financials. Nonprofit organizations are especially vulnerable because they retain physical or electronic records for employees, customers, and other third parties.

$$$avings Opportunities
Access to funding services that nonprofits need
NAO member benefit: GrantStation Membership Value Program (MVP)

GrantStation offers nonprofits the opportunity to identify potential statewide, national, and international funding sources and resources. As part of NAO member benefits, NAO members can purchase a full annual membership to GrantStation MVP at the highly discounted rate of only $75 - that's 89% off the regular retail price, a savings of $624/year! Search thousands of researched funder profiles and access grant proposal-writing tutorials, webinars, and tools/resources. FIND new grant sources, BUILD a strong grant-seeking program, WRITE winning grant proposals, and WIN grant awards to fund your mission! Click on the link below to see how you can start saving today! Not an NAO member? Join today! Contact membership@nonprofitoregon.org.


Newly released article! Download GrantStations free report: The 2019 Annual State of Grantseeking Report
Get to Know NAO Members!
Featured NAO member: Dogs for Better Lives
Mission: Rescuing and professionally training Assistance Dogs.

Dogs for Better Lives is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1977 by the late Roy G. Kabat. Roy worked with exotic and domestic animals for movies and television and had a small traveling circus. In 2017, Dogs for the Deaf was renamed Dogs for Better Lives and celebrated their 40th anniversary, recognizing the more than 1,300 dog placements that have occurred over the years.

Featured NAO member: Mobility International USA
Mission: To empower people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

Founded in 1981, Mobility International USA is a disability-led nonprofit organization headquartered in Eugene, Oregon advancing disability rights and leadership globally. By implementing innovative programs, MIUSA builds bridges to create a new era where people with disabilities will take their rightful place in the world community. MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving people with a broad range of disabilities.

NAO's members statewide! Who are they?

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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.

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Nonprofit News and Resources
Service Providers for Oregon Nonprofits
Connecting nonprofits with quality resources to meet their needs.

NAO's Referral Service: NAO's Referral Service is a one-stop resource for Oregon's nonprofits. When nonprofits seek capacity-building services to meet challenges, support their growth, build effectiveness, and achieve excellence, NAO is here to match them to vetted and proven expert consultants. 

NAO's Directory of Service Providers: NAO's Online Directory includes qualified service providers from across the state, focusing in many areas. Check it out!
Charitable nonprofits to benefit from newly launched Comcast Business Community Essentials
Connection is essential to your mission. Special Comcast offer for nonprofits!

Comcast has launched Comcast Business Community Essentials™ for eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, which includes an offer for a bundle with high-speed Internet and phone services at discounted rates. This new service is aimed at helping nonprofits alleviate operational stresses with affordable technology communications packages, so nonprofits can focus on delivering on their missions and expand their reach and services to those who need them. Comcast's Business Community Essentials package helps nonprofits solve problems, create opportunities, and ultimately improve the lives of people within their communities. For more information about the program, call (855) 252-4920 and speak with a Comcast Business representative to get more details.

Investment Committees: More Than the Sum of Their Parts
Best Practice Guide by: Arnerich Massena, Inc.

Why do some committees generate better investment outcomes than others; is it because they are just better investors, or are there group dynamics at work that can systematically rob a committee of its ability to make consistently strong decisions? Committees that lack diversity, fall prey to groupthink, or fail to adequately share knowledge are likely to make less-than-optimal decisions. Investment committees steward millions or billions of dollars in assets, and their ability to function effectively as a team can have a tremendous and long-lasting impact on the performance of those assets. For this reason, it is worth applying intention and focus to committee structure and decision-making. 

Arnerich Massena, Inc. developed a best practice guide that outlines the fundamentals of building and maintaining a successful investment committee.

Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count
June 11 Powell's Books event for Giving Done Right

Powell's Books, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) invite you to join a special launch event on Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. at Powell's Books in downtown Portland celebrating the release of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count by Phil Buchanan, Oregon native and president of CEP. Buchanan will be in conversation with Max Williams, president and CEO of the Oregon Community Foundation, and Kimberly Cooper, philanthropist and member of the Oregon Community Foundation's board of directors. A book signing will follow the program.

Best Workplaces in Oregon. Are you on the list?
Oregon Business' 2019 100 Best Nonprofits Survey is Live!
Is your organization one of the best nonprofits to work for in Oregon? Sign up now for a chance to win recognition for your workplace practices.

Nonprofits are an important sector in Oregon that employs more than 200,000 employees. To recognize that nonprofits are also key businesses critical to the economic health of the state, NAO has partnered with Oregon Business magazine to launch its annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project. Gain valuable insights and feedback to what your employees are saying about your organization. Nonprofits across the state are encouraged to participate at no-cost! Deadline extended: Register by Saturday, June 18, 2019.

Congratulations to the 2019 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon
A special congratulations to NAO members who ranked in the top 100 greenest employers to work for in the state!

NAO members are: 
Adelante Mujeres (#33), Bend Area Habitat for Humanity (#99), Bonneville Environmental Foundation (#18), BRING Recycling (#16), Cascades Academy (#28), Children's Center (#60), Community Energy Project (#71), Cushman & Wakefield of Oregon (#95), Forth (#38), Free Geek (#61), Friends of Trees (#55), Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (#59), McKenzie River Trust (#80), Mount Pisgah Arboretum (#44), New Buildings Institute (#81), Northwest Family Services (#31), On-the-Move Community Integration (#94), Rainbow Adult Living (#71), Raphael House of Portland (#54), Summit Bank (#93), ThinkShout (#53), Tucker Maxon School (#67).

The 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon, produced by Oregon Business is determined by anonymous employee survey and an independent assessment of the employers' sustainability practices. Participants come from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, professional and business services, construction, and the nonprofit sector.

Upcoming Learnings and Convenings
2019 High Desert Conference: Advancing Our Communities Together - Save the date: September 25, 2019 in Sunriver, OR

This full-day conference will bring together nonprofit leaders and others who are advancing communities in the High Desert region. Join leading experts, practitioners and your peers for a day of learning, networking and connecting. Together we're building a better Oregon! Luncheon keynote speaker will be Max Williams, CEO and President of the Oregon Community Foundation.

More details to follow soon. Mark your calendar - you won't want to miss this event!

Sponsorship opportunities available! If you are interested in sponsoring this conference, see details here
Finding and Retaining Great Employees: The Importance of Workplace Satisfaction 
Event details: June 4, Online
NAO Members-Only Webinar: No cost

Finding and retaining great employees is a fundamental priority for any organization. For Oregon's nonprofits, it takes on an additional dimension - finding passionate, mission-driven, and effective people who can navigate the challenges and opportunities of the sector, particularly at a time when unemployment is at near-record lows. Given this, how can nonprofits compete in a tight job market? Join us for NAO's Members-Only Webinar with guest speakers from Mac's List, Oregon Business and CASA of Jackson and Josephine Counties.

Cultural Responsiveness for Nonprofit Board Members
Event details: June 4 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: Member discount up to 50% off

A diverse nonprofit board supports an organization's success with a wider pool of strategies, thinking, experience, contacts, and resources. Creating a welcoming, inclusive and equitable environment on the board is central to tapping these resources, as well as informing the culture of the entire organization. This workshop will support nonprofit board members and executive directors in using cultural responsiveness, connecting with peers, understanding and engaging more deeply in the imperative for creating welcoming, inclusive and equitable environments.

What's White Got to Do With it? Disrupting Race-Based Inequalities in Well-Intentioned Nonprofits
Event details: June 5, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $15 off

Take a deep dive into the extent that white dominant cultural tendencies have been internalized and operationalized within our nonprofits and the role that gatekeepers have in perpetuating or disrupting non-inclusive practices and policies. Join NAO and the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits for this webinar, which will address racial and generational leadership gaps in the nonprofit sector and the policies, practices, and culture that exacerbate them.
Lake County Nonprofit Resource Roundup
Event details: June 11 in Lakeview, Oregon
NAO event: No cost

The Lake 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.
'Nuts & Bolts' to Build Your Organization's Strategic Plan
Event details: June 12 in Klamath Falls, 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; and more!

Understanding and Managing Team Dynamics
Event details: June 13 in Bend, Oregon
NAO event: Member discount up to 50% off

We all are on teams. Some of these are formal committees, some are informal groups of friends. Occasionally we find ourselves thrown together with a group of complete strangers, and have no idea how we will ever work together. During this session we will participate in the "Marshmallow Challenge" to learn why your team succeeded, or not. We will study theories of team development, and discuss strategies to make sure you understand what human dynamics come into play in teams. Plus how to apply proven principles to ensure all team members can contribute, are valued, and have fun!

The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint Course (8-part course)
Event details: June 17 - August 5, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $100 off

In this comprehensive, on-your-own-schedule video-based, course from GrantsMagic U, veteran grant writer, grant consultant, and grantmaker Maryn Boess pulls back the curtain on what it really takes to be successful in the grants world. She will share hundreds of tried-and-tested tools, strategies, how-to's and "insider's tips" to take you to your next level of grants success no matter where you're starting out.

Project Impact Oregon Summit
Event details: June 18 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: No cost

Over the last five years, hundreds of leaders from organizations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington have gone through a process of evaluating their own impact through Project Impact and Listening Lab cohorts. Increasingly, these organizations are seeing the value of doing evaluation for themselves and involving others in a participatory process that engages people, advances equity, and makes an organization more responsive and more strategic.

The inaugural Project Impact Oregon Summit will bring together leaders from nonprofit organizations, community organizations, governmental agencies, and charitable foundations to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas and to sharpen our practices of building capacity for evaluating impact.

Effective Supervision
Event details: June 24 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: Member discount up to 50% off

Employees are your organization's greatest resource, but if they are not being effectively supported and directed, you may not be receiving their maximum contribution to your organization's mission and goals. Cliff Jones, Consulting Partner at Capacity Building Partnerships, offers a holistic approach to supervision. He has helped hundreds of supervisors in nonprofit settings develop skills and supervision methods that really make a difference. Participants will explore the most essential elements of a supervisor's role, including setting goals, giving and receiving feedback, addressing challenges, providing support, and creating development opportunities that promote individual and professional growth. 

Cyber Security 101: Practical Ways to Protect Your Nonprofit
Event details: July 11 - 25, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $20 off

Cyber Security is an increasingly important issue to the nonprofit community. Financially motivated cyber-attacks are increasing in frequency and nonprofit organizations are now a specific target due to their lack of policies and security training.

This webinar series will explore the mechanisms of cyber-attacks and how to protect against them at the organizational level, steps individual staff members can take to help reduce threats, and how to assess and plan for improvements in your organization. Designed for small- to medium-sized organizations, this course will focus on simple, practical solutions.

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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