NAO Update: October 21, 2021

Looking ahead to 2022, I know that many of us have strategic planning, budgeting, and hiring on our minds. I also know that hiring and staff retention over the last two years has not been easy. We have heard from many of you how difficult staffing is right now and have heard how difficult it is to find good staff members and volunteers. Retaining existing team members is essential to the delivery of our missions and we are working hard to find new and creative ways to both attract new talent and retain existing team members. 

Our colleagues at the National Council of Nonprofits have put together a quick survey to further investigate the scope of this problem and so we can all try to find some solutions. If your organization is facing staffing challenges, please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey, NAO will receive the data from all Oregon nonprofits who respond and the more information we have about what you’re all facing, the better we can serve you as your statewide membership organization. 

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NAO Update: October 7, 2021

One week from today, NAO will be hosting our virtual Sage Summit and I’m looking forward to hearing from our excellent presenters, our funders panel, and my peers in attendance. 

If you haven’t registered yet, here are three reasons why I think you shouldn’t miss this event: We've hand-picked speakers that will bring the most value to you!

The Sage Summit offers six 1-hour sessions on topics such as disaster preparedness, fundraising, and developing culturally responsive and inclusive programs. I am confident that each presenter will provide your board, staff, and volunteers with practical skills and tools they’ll be able to use immediately. To open the conference, we are excited to hear from Carol Cheney, the new CEO of The Collins Foundation. Our presenters are top-tier and they include leaders like Jane Wei-Skillern, Nancy Bacon, and Tanisha Tate Woodson, Ph.D.

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NAO Update: September 30, 2021

I hope you are enjoying the cooler temperatures and the rain – it has been a welcome bit of relief for us at NAO.  

As usual, there is a lot happening politically right now that impacts us all. At the federal level, veteran Reuters correspondent Pete Schroeder summed it up best earlier this week on Twitter when he said “I’m a broken record here, but whatever is happening on Capitol Hill right now is functionally incomprehensible to anyone whose full-time job isn’t paying attention to it.” The Washington Post breaks down the four big things happening right now that will have impacts on all Americans.  

Luckily, Congress passed short-term bills today to fund the government to avoid a partial government shut-down at midnight tonight. This is great news for everybody and I’m particularly glad that Oregonians who are federal employees and contractors will continue to have work and that essential government programs like SNAP, WIC, and the Oregon Health Plan that our communities rely on will continue running without interruption or delay.  

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NAO Update: September 23, 2021

Fall has officially arrived and the NAO staff is ready for our autumn programming. We have an extensive line-up for you over the next few months and I hope that you’ll join us for our cohorts, webinars, workshops, and the Sage Summit. 

NAO’s Sage Summit is a new one-day virtual conference geared towards nonprofit leaders and volunteers in Eastern and Central Oregon. Carol Cheney, the brand-new CEO of The Collins Foundation kicks off the day with a keynote address – I can’t wait to hear what she has to say about philanthropy in Oregon. The entire line-up for the Sage Summit is outstanding and we can’t wait for you to experience each session with us. This summit is virtual, so if you are outside of Eastern and Central Oregon but still want to attend – please do! 

We also have two cohorts beginning in October that are designed for deeper learning opportunities and peer-to-peer collaboration, idea exchange, and networking amongst your peers throughout the state. NAO’s cohorts allow a lot of time, opportunity, and information for you to build new skills or expand on existing knowledge. If you or a member of your team is looking for extended learning opportunities this fall, I’d highly recommend reviewing our upcoming cohorts.

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NAO Update: September 16, 2021

¡Feliz mes de la herencia hispana! Happy Hispanic Heritage month! The month-long period from September 15th to October 15th is designated as National Hispanic Heritage month (official government designation) and also known as Latinx Heritage Month. This time is set aside to honors the many enduring contributions of Latinx peoples to the U.S. I hope that you’ll check out the many Latinx-led and serving cultural organizations to find ways you can safely join in the celebrations and support for their work. Here are just a few to check out: Adelante Mujereos, CAPACES Leadership Institute, Oregon Latinx Leadership Network, Latino Network and Latino Community Association.

Next week, I am excited to be presenting an overview of opportunities and challenges at a one-day event produced by our friends at Columbia Bank. Take a look below and sign up for "Nonprofit Know How - Navigating a Constant State of Change." There is a great panel of speakers from across the state ready to impart wisdom and engage in discussion. I hope to see you there! 

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