NAO Update: June 10, 2021

This week, our entire NAO team was able to come back into the office – it was wonderful to gather as a full staff for the first time in over a year! Being all together in our office has been a nice reminder that while technology has provided a way for us all to work remotely, attend events, and connect with colleagues all over the world – nothing will replace the ability to meet in person to collaborate and connect. 

I’m excited to announce that NAO’s 2021 Compensation and Benefits report is now available! Within this report, you’ll find a treasure trove of information about compensation and benefits across the state and sector. This data was collected from 230 charitable nonprofits throughout Oregon and is intended to provide nonprofits with an essential tool to assist in creating or updating compensation and benefits policies and practices. This year's report is especially important when thinking about how to move forward after such a turbulent and difficult 2020. Our Compensation and Benefits Report is a valuable resource for nonprofit organizations of all sizes – I encourage you all to purchase a copy and use it as a guide to help your leadership make informed strategic decisions.

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NAO Update: June 3, 2021

Happy Pride Month! June is dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ members of our communities as well as promoting equal rights for all. Pride Month began as a way to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan and has continued every year since.   

When Pride is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is often the Pride Parades that are held around the country – in large cities and in rural areas – they're often a lot of fun and full of joy. If you’ve never attended a Pride Parade, try to seek one out this year. In addition to the parades and celebrations happening nationwide, many nonprofit organizations are hosting Pride events, volunteer opportunities, educational sessions, and more. June is a great month to get to know the nonprofit organizations in your neighborhood who serve the LGBTQ+ communities. I encourage you to get to know their work and get involved however you can. There are many great organizations to choose from, Basic Rights Oregon provides a ton of information about how you can help the LGBTQ+ community in Oregon – if you’re looking to learn more or to help, Basic Rights Oregon is a great place to start. 

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NAO Update: May 27, 2021

As they do every year, the Oregon Employment Department released their study - Oregon’s Nonprofits in 2020 - which looks at employment in the nonprofit sector for 2020. With all the turmoil last year, the not unexpected bad news is that the nonprofit sector lost over 10,000 jobs in 2020. Now this data is for 2020 and we already know that as restrictions have been lifted and the state opens up, many of those jobs are being rehired and new ones are even being created. A scan of job boards like Mac’s List indicate a pretty robust hiring season is in full swing. Some good news from the OED report is that nonprofit average annual pay and median hourly wage keep increasing year-over-year.  

This statistical study of employment in the nonprofit sector across the state is an important bell-weather to track trends and see how we are doing in raising wages, and after a year like 2020, recovering from losses.

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NAO Update: May 20, 2021

There are several important pieces of information to share today, so I’ll get right to it. Following from the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) announced changes, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) have released guidance on wearing masks if you have been vaccinated for COVID-19. In issuing that guidance, the State has put the burden on nonprofits and businesses to verify vaccinations if staff or visitors are allowed to go without mask indoors. This is a pretty big burden and carries liability issues with it. Our friends at Miller Nash Graham and Dunn have produced an incredibly useful resource for you to use as you navigate the new requirements. You can read their guidance here as well as join a special session NAO is partnering on to answer your questions about these latest guidelines. You can find details on how to register here.

Back in April, you may remember that we partnered with the Public Interest Management Group (PIMG) and The Impact Foundry to ask you to fill in a survey of nonprofit leaders nationwide. The survey looks at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their organizations about one year after the first cases and stay at home orders were put into effect. Today, we are releasing a mini report on the findings from your responses. The good news is that the majority of participants reported doing better financially than expected. There are also concerning trends in nonprofits leaders and teams feeling over-extended and needing better supports for self-care offered by their organizations.

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NAO Update: May 13, 2021

Throughout the entire month of May we’re celebrating and recognizing the contributions, achievements, and influences that the Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander community has had, and continues to have in our nation’s history.

Why has May been designated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month? May 7, 1843 commemorates the first Japanese immigrant to ever arrive in the United States. May also marks the anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, in which the majority of the workers were Chinese immigrants. The history behind Asian and Pacific Islander communities in America stem nearly two hundred years back and for that reason there is much to celebrate and learn from the historical contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander neighbors, friends, and colleagues. We encourage you all to take time to visit The Library of Congress’s AAPI Month website to learn more about the history and contributions that Asians and the Pacific Islander communities have given and continue to give to America. 

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NAO Update: May 10, 2021

We just got further guidance around applying for the Congressional Directed Spending from our Senators that we wanted to share with you. 

As we shared last week, Senator’s Wyden and Merkley are now using an online form to collect Congressional Directed Spending requests. They’ve now provided additional information on requirements for funding from each subcommittee – you can find that document here. Please read through the requirements closely – there is a lot of information and the competition for these resources will be significant. The guidelines will be tremendously helpful for determining if you should submit and for completing an application. Once you read through the updated information, please create an account and use this form to submit your request. 

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NAO Update: May 7, 2021

Happy Friday! We’re still waiting for more details about how to apply for the Congressionally Directed Spending through Senator’s Wyden and Merkley. We will be sending another update with that information when we receive it early next week.

In the meantime, you can get started on the process by creating an account to submit your request here and if you’re looking for all the available information that we have so far, you can find that here.

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