Nonprofit Independence: More Important Than Ever
Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

The rain is splattering down across the state starting the greening process we all relish with the autumnal rains. It also looks like we missed a bad fire season this year (knock wood), so Happy Fall! 

I'm excited to have seen a great number of you in either Sunriver for the High Desert Conference or in Ontario at the Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference. There were great trainings and conversations at both events and lots of opportunities this fall to engage in more. NAO is kicking off our fall series of learning networks and workshops around the state and virtually through webinars. NAO strives to support all nonprofits (small, medium and large; rural and urban; staffed and all volunteer) with tailored learning opportunities and convenings for timely discussions all across the state.

Thought Leadership
Best Practices - Fact or Myth? New Research Challenges Convention in Nonprofit Management
Thoughts from: Scott Schaffer, Principal, Public Interest Management Group and Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Public Interest Management Group conducted an applied research project in partnership with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, The Impact Foundry and 43 charitable nonprofits between 2015 and 2017. The research objective was to identify nonprofit management practices linked to organizational success. In this paper we present findings and discuss implications for nonprofit leaders, funders and capacity-builders. The results confirm some commonly-held assumptions about best nonprofit practices and challenge others. The findings further suggest that nonprofits and technical assistance efforts may be out of synch with a range of success factors. We summarize a prevailing approach employed by successful nonprofits in the study and identify important questions for further research.


Scott and Jim were featured in NAO's September members-only webinar. NAO members can access the webinar recording here.
$$$avings Opportunities
Further Your Professional Development with our Learning Sessions!
NAO member benefit: NAO's professional development discounts

It's back-to-school season and that means NAO's 2019-2020 Learning Season is upon us. Until the end of September, NAO Members can purchase a heavily discounted (over half-off!) Season Pass to our seven Learning Networks. Once the season begins, NAO Members will still receive up to 50% off the session and receive substantial discounts to workshops and webinars (including our free monthly Members Only webinars!). You won't want to miss out on these high-quality, timely and relevant professional development and networking opportunities.


Not an NAO member? Join today! Contact membership@nonprofitoregon.org
Purchase a 2019-2020 NAO Learning Network Season Pass before they disappear!

Save on individual seats to NAO's 2019-2020 learning network season by purchasing a Season Pass before October 31! To learn more, or see a preview of each learning network topic, choose a series below: 

Nonprofit Board Network in Portland (NEW!)

Interested in sponsoring an NAO network? contact lhall@nonprofitoregon.org .
Get to Know NAO Nonprofit Members!
Featured NAO member: Clackamas Workforce Partnership
Mission: Address critical workforce, educational, and training challenges, and develop a skilled workforce that meets the needs of businesses and strengthens the local economy of Clackamas County.

Clackamas Workforce Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building a strong workforce in Clackamas County. Through public-private partnerships, we attract funding to help local businesses proactively address a key challenge to their success-a skilled, competitive workforce. As a convener of public-private partnerships, we oversee the public workforce system in Clackamas County. Our work is to help our system work better on behalf of all of our customers.

Featured NAO member: Womenspace
Mission: To prevent domestic violence in intimate partner relationships in Lane County and support survivors in claiming personal power.

Womenspace has been providing safety, hope, and healing to survivors of intimate partner violence for over 40 years. Each year we serve thousands of survivors and children from our communities of color, tribal communities, LGBTQIA community, survivors with disabilities, men, and the rural communities in Lane County. Domestic violence is everywhere and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, politics, economic position, education, or gender.

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
Your voice counts. Be Heard. 
NAO invites all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Oregon to participate in the 2019 Oregon Nonprofit Sector Survey.

Your collective input is critical for all of us to understand the state of the nonprofit sector and will allow us to identify trends, issues, and challenges affecting Oregon's nonprofit landscape. (The last Oregon sector report was released in 2016.) The 2019 survey findings will be a valuable resource to inform the work and decision making of nonprofits, funders, policy makers, those who serve Oregon's nonprofit sector, and others. The survey results will also help NAO shape our future programs and services.

Survey deadline extended! Complete by Friday, October 4, 2019.

Changes to the U.S. Federal Overtime Rules
The Overtime Final Rule does three things of significance to charitable nonprofits.

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its Overtime Final Rule that adjusts the salary level test, part of a three-part test for determining when white-collar workers are exempt or must be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours in a week. The Labor Department announced further that it intends to propose updates to the salary and compensation levels on a regular basis, to ensure that these levels provide useful tests for exemption. The Final Rule goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

Nonprofit Disaster Plan - Your Blueprint for Survival
Written by: Linda Reid, Nonprofit Relationship Banking Officer, Columbia Bank

It's a cliché, but like most, it is rooted in important truth: "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail." This idea is never more important than when it comes to the potential devastating impact a natural or manmade disaster can have on a nonprofit. As we have seen time and time again, nonprofit organizations are a vital link in the chain of recovery during times of community-wide crisis. That fact means it is absolutely critical for your organization to be able to withstand a disaster and continue to deliver services - and that can only happen if you have a plan for disaster and business continuity.

The Most Empowering Healthcare Terms You Need to Know
Developed by NAO Business Verified  Affiliate Member: Nonstop Wellness

Everyone can benefit from understanding basic health insurance terms. Nonstop has created a quick guide with key terms that can help you be more empowered and knowledgeable when it comes to healthcare. 

Important Retirement Benefit Deadlines
Developed by NAO Business Verified Affiliate: Impact Benefit & Retirement

NAO's member benefit partner, Impact Benefits and Retirement wants to remind everyone of two upcoming deadlines! The Oregon Saves enrollment deadline for organizations with 5-9 employees is November 15th, 2019.  Also, organizations who currently have a 403(b) plan can adopt a pre-approved 403(b) plan with a favorable IRS opinion and receive automatic correction in any defects of its plan. The deadline to adopt this is March 31, 2020! To find out more information about the Impact Retire NPO program and alternative options, visit their website or email info@impactbenefits.com

Guidance on Payroll Deduction Requirements in the City of Portland
Employees can make contributions to political committees  through payroll deduction

In November of last year, voters amended the City of Portland Charter relating to the election of City of Portland candidates (mayor, commissioners, auditor) by requiring contribution and expenditure limits in campaigns as well as requiring: disclosures on certain campaign communications, additional registration of expenditures with the Secretary of State, and employee political deductions via payroll. As of September 1, 2019, the post-tax payroll deduction to political committees is required to be available for employees if an organization already provides similar deductions, otherwise it is voluntary.

Upcoming Learnings and Convenings
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.

Ten Practices to Strengthen Your Nonprofit Boards
Event details: October 1 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $35 off

In this session we will explore ten practices that will help your Board be more efficient, effective, collegial, and prepared. Taken together, these practices optimize the time and talents of Board members, increase their satisfaction, and improve Board-staff relationships.  Each of these practices can be employed regardless of organizational size.

'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 CEOs/EDs 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 an evening of celebration honoring 2019's 100 Best Nonprofit to Work for in Oregon awards 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 CEOs/EDs 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!
Belonging at Work Summit
Event details: October 4 - 11, Online
No Cost

Are you absolutely passionate about your workplace's equity, inclusion and belonging commitments? Do you want to build an inclusive workplace culture where each stakeholder you encounter feels a sense of belonging? If so, join fellow leaders, visionaries, change makers, movers and shakers at the Belonging at Work Summit. Together, we will grow the #BelongingMovement and gain everyday actions we can take to build a more inclusive organization. 
Effective Supervision
Event details: October 8 in Eugene, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $75 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. 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. Whether you have the title of supervisor or not, this workshop will help you develop the techniques to build staff ownership, encourage joint problem-solving, and help staff experience success and satisfaction in working together.
NAO Networking Event for Nonprofit Consultants
Event details: October 10 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event

NAO invites nonprofit consultants for a networking event in our office! Connect and meet consultants who work with nonprofits and be part of a unique, robust and collaborative business network serving nonprofits; meet NAO's learning and resources team and get up-to-date information on how NAO is supporting Oregon nonprofits' needs through a Learning Strategy for trainings and workshops; and
learn more about what's going on in the nonprofit sector from one another - trends, challenges, opportunities that you're all facing.
Navigating Your Next Steps: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Event details: October 10 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $35 off

Have you gone through the process of discovering that diversity, equity and inclusion is more than a problem to be solved? That it is not a technical problem that you can fix but more a complex adaptive problem that requires out of the box thinking and approaches? That the outcomes and strategies that you envision today can change rapidly as you delve into the work and discover there were lots of things you didn't know that you didn't know? Or you may just be at a point of reassessing your journey! This session of EILN will focus on taking stock of where you are individually and/or organizationally and strategizing your development, next steps and journey.
The Executive Director's Risk Management Toolbox
Event details: October 16 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $35 off

As nonprofit leaders, you need a wide array of tools and approaches in your risk management toolbox to keep your organization running effectively. In this session, we will explore nonprofit risk management essentials, from insurance and employment to governance with a panel of experts from Miller Nash Graham and Dunn LLP. 
Budget Bootcamp For Nonprofit Leaders
Event details: October 17 in Portland, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $35 off

Your annual budget is one of the fundamental building blocks of sound financial management. A budget serves as a guide for financial and mission-related activities for nonprofit organizations. Leading and implementing an effective annual budget process is critical for organizational success. Join us for this session where we will explore the elements of a successful budget process.
Tips and Tools for Building the Boards of Your Dreams!
Event details: October 17 in Medford, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $25 off

The board you have is the board you build! In this session, we will explore fundamental board concepts to help you build a self-governing board and to be a gold-star board member! If you are interested in strategies for recruiting engaged and informed board members and exploring how to develop your board's capacity, don't miss this session!
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. 
The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint (8-part series)
Event details: October 21 - December 9, Online
Partner event: NAO members receive $100 off

In this all-in-one, 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. Maryn shares the exact step-by-step roadmaps, 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.  Enrollment begins October 1. 

Tips and Tools for Building the Boards of Your Dreams!
Event details: October 24 in Eugene, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $25 off

The board you have is the board you build! In this session, we will explore fundamental board concepts to help you build a self-governing board and to be a gold-star board member! If you are interested in strategies for recruiting engaged and informed board members and exploring how to develop your board's capacity, don't miss this session!
Nonprofit Reputations: Insights and Actions for Nonprofits
Event details: October 24, Online
NAO Members Only Webinar: No cost

In today's fast-paced and social media driven world, building and maintaining a strong reputation for your nonprofit is an ongoing process. An organization's reputation is critical and must be managed effectively and proactively. For nonprofits, it's no different and maybe even more important. It takes years to build a well-respected reputation, but only minutes to ruin it.
  
Register here (NAO members must be logged in to access registration)
Building Constituency: Turning Engagement Into Action
Event details: October 29 in Bend, Oregon
NAO event: NAO members receive $25 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!
Strategic Fundraising in Rural Communities
Event details: October 29 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.
Beyond Blaming, Shaming and Complaining: The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Fundraising Team
Event details: November 5 in Roseburg, Oregon
Partner event: NAO members receive $15 off

By rooting the team in trust, learning to practice productive conflict, buying into commitment, and holding each other accountable, boards engage in collective action that achieves ever greater fundraising results. This session will identify what these behaviors look like in board and staff practice; how they build on each other and support or impede fundraising results; common roadblocks we see in board and staff behavior; and tips and examples for development and executive staff for modeling and "managing up" to help others excel in their fundraising responsibilities.
33rd Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon
Event details: November 12 in Portland, Oregon
Community event

Join the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon & Southwest Washington in honoring their 2019 Philanthropy Awards Honorees.
Polk County Nonprofit Resource Roundup
Event details: November 14 in Dallas, Oregon
NAO event: No cost

The Polk 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.
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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