Pandemic & Workforce Shortage Relief Letter - Please Sign On!
Good morning nonprofit leaders,  
 
In last week’s NAO Update, we shared an important effort led by The National Council of Nonprofits which identified nonprofit-specific policy solutions that would provide disaster relief, address nonprofit workforce shortages, and promote volunteerism to aid our communities.  
 
Over the past two years, nonprofits across the country have been faced with financial and operational challenges related to the pandemic, office closures, and workforce shortages. Here in Oregon, nonprofits have been essential in providing critically needed services, they have also been vital in helping communities cope. They have been leading awareness of racial justice and inequalities, helping find solutions for the on-going houselessness crisis, while simultaneously welcoming refugees, and leading recovery efforts to Oregonians impacted by wildfire disasters.  
 
NAO has joined our colleague State Associations and the National Council of Nonprofits in a letter to President Biden and congressional leaders, urging them to prioritize aid for nonprofits to help us do good work for Oregonians. To get attention on these important issues, we need organizations like yours to join a national effort that highlights three major problems that are impacting and hindering the work of our organizations:  
 
  1. Governmental barriers to charitable contributions; 
  2. A severe workforce shortage in the nonprofit sector; and 
  3. A decline in volunteerism. 
 
Will you take one minute today to join us in adding your nonprofit’s name to the national sign-on letter? We are working hard to get as many signatures as possible by Friday, February 25 at Close of Business to send a new letter to the President and Congress. 
 
If you want to do more, please forward this entire message to people you know at other nonprofits. Thank you for the important work your nonprofit does in your community! 
 
Jim White,  
NAO Executive Director 
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