Posted: May 26, 2020
NAO COVID-19 Update: May 26, 2020
We hope that you all had a great long memorial day weekend and are arriving “back to work” in your home or socially distanced office ready to dive into the important work our communities entrust us with. All Oregon counties except Washington and Multnomah counties are in Phase I reopening and it is now a waiting game as we wait with bated breath to see if the numbers of new cases stay low and continue downward.
As of yesterday, 29 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 3,949 Oregonians that have contracted COVID-19. Thankfully, no new deaths have been reported so the previous total of 148 remains the same.
We hope that as you plan for office reopening you will follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority guidelines and ensure your program participants, staff and volunteers are as safe as can be.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources
Oregon’s nonprofits are some of the first organizations to respond in the event of a crisis and that is the case in the Coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to help keep your staffs and volunteers safe and your important work ongoing, NAO has collated and curated the following resources your nonprofit may find useful. The World Health Organization declared novel coronavirus a pandemic on March 11th.
Posted: May 21, 2020
NAO COVID-19 Update: May 21, 2020
As we get ready to head into the long holiday weekend, the State of Oregon is gradually reopening and there will be much to share as we all watch that process with hope and some level of fear… It will depend on all of us to get this right and keep the COVID-19 cases in our communities from spiking. NAO will continue to monitor local and national issues that impact the nonprofit sector through the long weekend. Executive directors, board members, and nonprofit staff leading COVID-19 response who want to receive the latest information can sign up for our COVID-19 Listserv.
Posted: May 18, 2020
NAO COVID-19 Update: May 18, 2020
As we kick off a new week, it’s important that we help fuel our teams’ mental and physical health as much as possible during these times. NAO nonprofit member and NAO subtenant Living Yoga is training healthcare providers and local county staff and have generously opened up a 90-minute online immersive and practice-oriented group session for anyone interested. I encourage you to check out their Saturday, May 30 session, which will focus on how to cope with stress, overwhelm, and trauma through mind-body movements that down-regulate the nervous system.
Posted: May 14, 2020
NAO COVID-19 Update: May 14, 2020
The toll on society in deaths, illnesses and lost jobs is more than the numbers can say. Having responded to disasters all over the world, I can say that the emergency health and social as well as long-term economic impacts of COVID-19 are like nothing we have ever seen before. Not only are we losing individuals in our communities – grandmothers and grandfathers, sisters and brothers, parents and even children – we are also losing connections that humans crave in times of crisis. In many ways there is no more sinister kind of disaster than that which requires relatives of a sick person to say good-bye to their loved one from another room through a video chat.
Posted: May 12, 2020
NAO COVID-19 Update: May 12, 2020
As the Oregon Health Authority’s daily update stated yesterday: “As Governor Brown starts slowly lifting restrictions on activities and businesses, it’s important to remember that health and hygiene advice that slows the spread of COVID-19 still applies. Actions such as frequent handwashing, staying six feet apart, and wearing face coverings will continue to be a part of our daily lives.”
Posted: May 08, 2020
NAO COVID-19 Update: May 08, 2020
We round out the first full week of May with warmer weather and a new plan to begin the reopening of the state. Yesterday, May 7, Governor Brown held a press conference announcing new details of the framework for reopening and rebuilding Oregon. The announcement including new guidance for counties and businesses on the phased reopening process. Let’s hope that with the proper protocols, we can help get our communities and nonprofits back to work safely.
Posted: May 04, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: May 04, 2020
As Oregon Gov. Brown begins to consider a gradual lifting of the shelter-in-place order, the people of Oregon are cautiously beginning to return to some normal activities, albeit with social distancing in mind. In the weeks to come more and more, nonprofits will begin to plan their recovery and how they will go about supporting their missions. In support of the necessary rethinking of programs, funding, and governance, NAO has curated a set of opportunities to learn, engage, advocate and connect. You’ll be able to engage your board with national Board training expert Andy Robinson; discover innovative ways to connect with underserved and historically marginalized communities with Professor Latisha Nixon-Jones; learn about maximizing forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program, and hear directly from Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on their work to ensure nonprofits and the work we do stay on the top of the federal government’s to-do list. Join us for these sessions and more through the beginning of May as we help you reassess your mission and recover your programming.
Posted: April 30, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 30, 2020
It is the end of April. It has been a tough month for all of us. We’ve been sheltering in place for most of six weeks now as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through our communities. There have been a lot of changes and we will go into the month of May with many uncertainties. We need to keep reminding ourselves that no one can predict the future, but we can embrace our present state – even in its discomfort – and prepare for eventualities. With that in mind, I want to share with all of you a poem that Allison Specter, Director of Development at Write Around Portland shared with us in a postcard of appreciation she sent our team.
Posted: April 27, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 27, 2020
Over the weekend, more people have died in Oregon from COVID-19, according to health officials bringing the state’s death toll from COVID-19 to 91. Oregon’s total number of identified coronavirus cases climbed to 2,311 patients on Sunday.
The Oregon Health Authority said nearly a quarter of all coronavirus patients (546 people) have been hospitalized because of the virus. The latest numbers also show the incredible sacrifice of frontline health workers – many of them work for nonprofits; 338 patients or about 18% of Oregon's patients are healthcare workers. Governor Brown’s shelter in place order remains in place as pressure mounts across the country and in parts of Oregon for relaxation of restrictions, despite scientific evidence to the contrary.
Posted: April 23, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 23, 2020
It has been another busy week in state and federal responses to the COVID-19 crisis and the economic impacts of the response. The good news is that the federal government is working on additional funding and stimulus packages to shore up the CARES Act with a CARES Act 2.0.
Posted: April 20, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 20, 2020
Thank you to all of you that signed our community letter to the Oregon Congressional Delegation. Nearly 350 organizations joined thousands of nonprofits from across the country to advocate for additional resources for our communities and nonprofits. The news from Washington D.C. is that the Trump Administration and U.S. Congress expect an agreement today (Monday) on an aid package of up to $450 billion, much of which will go to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing.
Posted: April 16, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 16, 2020
First off, I’d like to share that NAO has partnered with Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington and launched the GOSW-NAO Resource Connector this morning! The Resource Connector is a web-based portal that will facilitate matching a nonprofit's request with interested funders. We are piloting this portal for the first cycle, which runs April 16-June, 30, 2020 for NAO 501(c)(3) nonprofits members. To access the portal, NAO members can log on to their user account and visit the Members Only Area for further instructions. Many thanks to GOSW for this great partnership! Together we are connecting the philanthropic and nonprofit communities in a way never done before in Oregon for the benefit of communities around the state!
Posted: April 13, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 13, 2020
As Congress works on additional relief for individuals, businesses, and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 crisis, Oregon’s nonprofits are asking for four specific improvements to the nonprofit relief in the CARES Act: Expand access to credit; Bolster charitable giving incentives; Protect self-insured nonprofits; and Support nonprofit service providers.
Posted: April 10, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 10, 2020
Across Oregon and the U.S., the nonprofit community is pulling together in amazing ways, even as we are hit with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. We sincerely appreciate the responsiveness of the U.S. Congress, and particularly the Oregon Delegation in approving mechanisms to help employers preserve jobs, to assist those who nevertheless are becoming jobless, and to distribute short-term cash assistance to most families. With new legislation being prepared, it’s important to face problems already arising in implementing these efforts, and to expand and extend many of those efforts that were truly quick ‘stop gaps’ in nature.
Posted: April 06, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 06, 2020
Oregon surpassed the 1,000 positive-tested case mark for COVID-19 on Sunday and this week that number is predicted to continue to increase, but the cumulative efforts we are making are having an impact. Based on the Oregon Health Authority’s last projections, which shows we hit the 1,000 mark later than expected, and the curve flattening strategies of -staying at home and social distancing are working. As spring bursts forth around the state, it becomes ever more tempting to get “back to normal.” It is critical to maintain the current practices, as painful as they may be, to keep the curve from spiking upward. We at NAO continue to urge only the most essential nonprofits remain open in any place-based programs. Those health and human service nonprofits are regularly receiving instructions from OHA and state agencies on refined protocols for keeping their staff and volunteers safe. Some counties have begun modifying their guidance around home-made face coverings.
Posted: April 03, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 03, 2020
The Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program Opens Today! Beginning today, small businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees can begin applying for a new forgivable loan to help maintain operations during the COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this week, the U.S. Treasury Department published an information sheet on the new Paycheck Protection Program. This loan program, also known as the emergency SBA 7(a) loan program, was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was signed into law last Friday.
NAO has compiled are some Frequently Asked Questions on the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program.
Posted: April 02, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: April 02, 2020
NAO is helping to keep Oregon’s nonprofit sector up to date with resources related to COVID-19 and answering as many of your questions as we can that apply to the overall sector. However, keep in mind that the current COVID-19 environment is fluid with changes – whether it’s legislation, state resources, recommendations – occurring almost daily. We have many volunteer subject-matter experts working with us (thank you!) to bring you the latest, but in some cases, there are no immediate answers or more clarity is being sought. Answers to frequently asked questions are available on NAO’s COVID-19 Resources page. We are updating that page regularly so check back frequently for the latest COVID-19 resources.
Check out the upcoming sessions related to unemployment and SBA loans as well as how to join NAO’s COVID-19 listserv.
Posted: March 30, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 30, 2020
On March 29, Oregon became the 18th U.S. state to become eligible for federal emergency aid through a major disaster declaration.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that President Donald Trump approved the disaster declaration for Oregon, freeing federal emergency aid to supplement Oregon’s fight against the coronavirus. Governor Kate Brown said it was a “first step” but that the state had other pressing needs, including more personal protective equipment for health workers.
Posted: March 26, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020
Like many of you, we at NAO are bracing for the predicted spike in cases due to COVID-19 in the coming week(s). We are working hard to flatten the curve and protect our staff by working from home under the statewide shelter in place order. The advocacy that we have been doing in partnership with other state associations and the National Council of Nonprofits and Independent Sector regarding the stimulus package has been partially successful. We did not get everything we all may have wanted, but we did make huge strides as compared to the economic stimulus package passed after the great recession in 2009.
Posted: March 23, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 23, 2020
On March 23, Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-12 directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The order is effective immediately, and remains in effect until ended by the Governor. Under Closure of Certain Businesses, #2 of the order names specific types of businesses prohibited from operating, including many operated by nonprofits such as aquariums, senior activity centers, theaters, museums, youth clubs, etc. Please check the document to ensure compliance by your nonprofits.
Posted: March 19, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 19, 2020
First off, thanks to all of you for the work you are doing in our communities. In times of crises Oregonians rely on Oregon’s nonprofits to support our communities for so many needs – food, shelter, health care – and so much more. Once again during this COVID-19 crisis we see nonprofits coming together, springing into action, and taking care of our communities.
Posted: March 17, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020
As you likely read in our March 12 and March 13 COVID-response alerts, NAO has suspended all of our in-person programming across the state for the next four weeks. NAO staff is working virtually (and highly suggest that you do as well if you are able) and prioritizing our work to COVID-19 response. We are curating support resources, developing and partnering on trainings and advocating with government and philanthropy. We are here to help your nonprofit respond to the challenges we are all faced with by this pandemic. NAO will be offering these programs for at least the foreseeable future.
Posted: March 13, 2020
Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 13, 2020
General Update: On March 13 afternoon President Trump declared a national state of emergency, which results in significant moves in the fight against COVID-19 and releases up to $50 billion in federal resources. The national state of emergency removes constraints to allow for the containment and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19. The president announced an unprecedented public-private partnership with numerous pharmaceutical, testing, and technology companies proactively leaning forward into mobilizing all resources possible for the health and safety of all in our communities.
Public policy and advocacy in response to COVID-19: At the state level, on March 12 NAO reached out to Gov. Brown’s office to request that nonprofit voices are at the table not only regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 situation, but also for discussions regarding the resulting business impact on the nonprofit sector, including lost income and wages. At the federal level, the U.S. House of Representatives is working on a bill, H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, that would provide free coronavirus testing, extended unemployment insurance, and funding for nutrition programs and Medicaid. It would also create a paid emergency leave program for individuals and families affected by COVID-19.
Engaging regional funders to support Oregon’s nonprofits: NAO has reached regional funders through Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Philanthropy Northwest and alerted them to the enormous negative impact COVID-19 is already making on our sector and to ask for their support to immediately invest in the work we’re doing, be flexible in how their funds are being used, sand support operations.
Posted: March 12, 2020
Important COVID-19 Update
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is very much top of mind right now and the situation is changing rapidly with updated information emerging frequently from the government and public health authorities. On March 12, Oregon Gov. Brown announced banning organized gatherings of 250 people, many counties and municipalities have also declared states of emergency, and health authorities are urging all Oregonians to implement social distancing(link is external) as much as possible for everyone’s health and safety, and to help slow the pace of the virus. Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted by the virus, as well as their loved ones, and we urge all nonprofits to follow public health officials and the government’s advice for your staff, all those you serve, our communities, and all Oregonians.
Given this, NAO has proactively made the decision to suspend all of our in-person programming across the state for the next four weeks, effective immediately. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change. As much as possible, we will be working to convert NAO in-person programming to virtual programming where it makes sense both for content and format. NAO staff is working on managing the programming changes, and we ask for your patience, especially those who have already registered for events. Once we have determined how our programming unfolds we will contact those who have registered to offer you options. Thank you for understanding.
Posted: February 27, 2020
Public policy and advocacy work key to nonprofit sector success in Oregon
Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director
It’s that time of the year when our state legislature is in session and nonprofits are working hard to ensure that state, as well as federal and local spending policies prioritize and safeguard programs that provide critical support to Oregon’s most vulnerable populations.
Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in the development and implementation of public policy to promote an informed, healthy, and strong democratic society. We witness and respond to the impact of public policies on the people we serve, whether they are at-risk kids, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or those expressing themselves through the arts.
Posted: January 31, 2020
2020 Compensation & Benefits Survey
NAO invites all 501(c)(3) organizations in Oregon to participate in the 2020 Compensation & Benefits Survey scheduled for distribution Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
Information about employee compensation and benefits is one of the top requests we get at NAO. In response to your needs, we are launching this survey for the first time--focused on nonprofits - by your own nonprofit state association.
We ask that one person per organization complete the survey. The survey will include questions about job positions, salaries and benefits your organization provides. Please click the link below to ensure that the survey is distributed to the appropriate contact for your organization.
Posted: January 8, 2020
What's New: ORS Chapter 65 Changes
Changes to ORS Chapter 65 went into effect January 1, 2020. The statutory changes applies to all nonprofit corporations, including public benefit nonprofit corporations. To learn more about changes (and other legal resources for your nonprofits) impacting public benefit corporations, download NAO’s nonprofit tip sheet here.
Posted: November 26, 2019
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.
Posted: November 26, 2019
ReputationUs and NAO chose 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!