Giving thanks and stewarding relationships go hand in hand
Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

The fall rains have finally come to Oregon and hopefully, it will start building the important snow pack that our forests and rivers will need for the coming year. As many of us begin to thinking of snow sports, quiet hikes in the outdoors, or savoring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, I want to thank all of you who are doing so much that is important for communities across the state.

I am deeply humbled and pleased to announce that the 2020 NAO board has been voted into service through the action of our members in the October elections. We are delighted to have a talented group of four new board members joining the amazing team of leaders already serving Oregon's nonprofit sector. Welcome to our new NAO board members set to join the NAO board in 2020.

$$$avings Opportunities
Reputation Management Services!
ReputationUs and NAO chose one lucky NAO nonprofit member as the recipient of the Nonprofit Reputation Program. Congratulations Camp Fire Central Oregon!

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. On November 26, ReputationUs and NAO randomly selected one deserving NAO nonprofit member out of a pool of applicants to receive six months of pro bono reputation management support for their organization in 2020 (a value of $14,000). The lucky winner was selected by Brad Ramos, NAO's communications coordinator. A special thank you to Beth Babicz for submitting Camp Fire Central Oregon's application!

Thank you to everyone who applied! Remember, ALL applicants receive an invitation to a reputation management webinar in 2020. More details to come. A big thank you to NAO Business Verified Affiliate Member ReputationUs (Casey Boggs, Michele Houk and the rest of the ReputationUs team) for their generous pro bono work with Camp Fire Central Oregon in 2020 and for making this a fun opportunity for NAO NPO members!
Join NAO's Team! We're Hiring
NAO Seeks Membership and Partnerships Manager to Join Our Team - Position Open Until Filled
This is your opportunity to help strengthen nonprofits throughout Oregon!

Are you passionate about serving Oregon's nonprofit sector? Do you have the skills and desire to develop, manage, and steward member relationships and partnership programs? Do you love to identify solutions, big on impact/value, geek out on data and analysis, and love working in a collaborative and fast-paced nonprofit environment? If yes, you might be the ideal candidate to become NAO's next Membership & Partnerships Manager!

Thought Leadership
Five Board Dysfunctions that Create Chaos
Thoughts from: Scott Schaffer, Principal, Public Interest Management Group

The nonprofit board is a structure with many positive features and the best of intentions. Often, it works out just fine. Then there are the exceptions. In a recent blog, "The Single Worst Practice" Scott wrote about a fascinating finding of the three-year applied research project conducted by Public Interest Management Group in partnership with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and Impact Foundry. The data shows, among many other things, that the least successful nonprofits tend to share an attribute that their most successful peers lack: their boards often played a dominant role in decision-making. I call this "The Over-Engaged Board." 

Get to Know NAO Nonprofit Members!
Featured NAO member: Ophelia's Place
Mission: Ophelia's Place is a prevention-based organization dedicated to helping girls make healthy life choices through empowerment, education and support.

Ophelia's Place is a prevention-based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls ages 10-18 make healthy life choices through empowerment, education, and support while navigating the joys and challenges of their teen years. We support girls with after-school drop-in, after and out-of-school youth activities, support groups, and individual and family therapy. Ophelia's Place supports both girls and boys with classroom presentations and parent training, school partnerships and resource and referral services.

Featured NAO member: Washington County Kids
Mission: To increase awareness of the need for sustainable funding for out of school time (early childhood, after school, and summer) programs and increase use of best practices in those programs.

Washington County Kids is a champion for kids. WCK builds partnerships, working locally to support academic and social success for children and youth in Washington County. WCK focuses on current programs designed to support under-served children and youth. Their goal is to secure sustainable funding for the programs that do good but simply need to be expanded so significantly more children may be served.

NAO's members statewide! Who are they?

Want 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!
Nonprofit News and Resources
13 Lucky Year-End Fundraising Tips
Bloomerang author: Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE

This is the time when your annual fundraising goals will likely be met, surpassed or put on life support. Because even if you operate on a fiscal year, now is the time when people do most of their annual giving. 50% of nonprofits receive a majority of their annual contributions from October to December. In fact, over 30% of donations are made during the month of December alone.

Use these year-end fundraising tips to help you to start developing a strategy for the end of 2020 and beyond. It's never too early to plan ahead!

Fundraising Always Top of Mind -- Year-End, Even More So... (Webinar Recording)
Did you miss NAO's November members-only webinar?

On November 21, NAO hosted its last members-only webinar of 2019 on year-end fundraising. Laurel McCombs (The Osborne Group) shared how your organization can leverage year-end opportunities to create urgency without the emergency at this time of the year, the importance of messaging. We were also joined by Chris Otis (SMART Reading and NAO Board Member) and Heather Vihstadt (High Desert Museum) who both shared what they're doing, what's worked for them, what makes a difference during this time of the year, and how you can deploy tactics that lead to valuable metrics for next year's efforts and beyond.

Watch recording  (NAO members must log in to access link)
Upcoming Learnings and Convenings
Building Inclusive Services and Organizations: Continuing or Beginning the Journey
Event details: December 4 in Newport, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $10 off

Our communities have many forms of visible and invisible differences. Leadership skills are necessary to bridge differences and build collaborations that support our communities to thrive and grow. The more people in our communities that have access to the resources needed to have good lives - the better off we all are. Working effectively across difference is critical for every nonprofit in the world we live in today. Difference in geographical base, access to resources, gender, race, ability, age, religion, sexual orientation and many other forms of difference present challenges in service delivery, board and organizational development and the achievement of our missions.
NAO Networking Event for Nonprofit Consultants
Event details: December 10 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event

Connect and meet consultants who work with nonprofits and engage in a unique, robust and collaborative business network serving nonprofits! Learn more about what's going on in the nonprofit sector from one another - trends, challenges and opportunities that you're all facing. Participate in a group discussion on nonprofit resiliency in 2020 and the role of consultants in supporting them.
Changes in Rules and Regulations: What You Need to Know About Changes to ORS 65
Event details: December 11 in Bend, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Since 2014 a work group of the Oregon State Bar has been reviewing ORS Chapter 65 to identify provisions that needed clarification or modernization. After nearly four years and a lot of effort by the work group, SB360 was drafted and the bill was passed into law in the last legislative session. The changes to ORS 65 will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The statutory changes will 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.
Changes in Rules and Regulations: What You Need to Know About Changes to ORS 65
Event details: December 11 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Since 2014 a work group of the Oregon State Bar has been reviewing ORS Chapter 65 to identify provisions that needed clarification or modernization. After nearly four years and a lot of effort by the work group, SB360 was drafted and the bill was passed into law in the last legislative session. The changes to ORS 65 will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The statutory changes will 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.
Changes in Rules and Regulations: What You Need to Know About Changes to ORS 65
Event details: December 12 in Springfield, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Since 2014 a work group of the Oregon State Bar has been reviewing ORS Chapter 65 to identify provisions that needed clarification or modernization. After nearly four years and a lot of effort by the work group, SB360 was drafted and the bill was passed into law in the last legislative session. The changes to ORS 65 will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The statutory changes will 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.
Big Gifts: Where to Find Them, How to Get Them
Event details: December 12 in Medford, 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.

Big Gifts: The "Ask" Class - (Session 2 of 2)
Event details: January 8 in Portland, 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.

Capacity Development Planning for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Event details: January 9 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Description coming soon. Save the date!

Strategic Financial Management for Nonprofit Leaders
Event details: January 16 in Eugene, 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.

Navigating Pay Equity and Compensation
Event details: January 16 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive 50% off

Equal Pay laws are becoming more common across the U.S. and make compensation an even more complex area to navigate. This session will educate you on the equal pay laws that impact your workplace, your obligations under the law, provide practical guidance on your next steps to ensure compliance and look at what other companies are doing to ensure equal pay.

Building Constituency: Turning Engagement into Action
Event details: January 30 in Medford, 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!

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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