Posted: April 6, 2018

2020 Census: Why is it important to nonprofits?

A fair and accurate census is a critical mechanism for ensuring that no community's needs or voices are overlooked. The census directly affects the distribution of political representation and the equitable allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds to support programs and improvements in education, public health, transportation, and more. Beyond federal uses, census data is used to redraw state legislative boundaries and local governments use census data to redraw their political subdivisions. As you may have heard, the U.S. Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, directed that the 2020 decennial census questionnaire ask individuals whether they are U.S. citizens. NAO believes that nonprofits must engage in learning about and advocating on the 2020 census. Questions regarding citizenship are unconstitutional and illegal. They should not be included. Read more.

Posted: April 2, 2018

Spring into new funding opportunities!

Check out the following funders' pages for your next grant! Application deadlines are approaching soon:
Meyer Memorial Trust's Building Community, Equitable Education, Healthy Environment and Housing Opportunities (Deadline 4/18)
Portland Trail Blazers Foundation's Live Grant, Learn Grant, Play Grant (Deadline 4/30)
The Ford Family Foundation's Good Neighbor Grant and Technical Assistance Grant (Open)

Posted: March 30, 2018

Omnibus Spending Bill Has Passed!
What does it mean?

Spoiler alert: It Includes many provisions that impact nonprofits and the communities we serve!
On Friday, March 23, President Trump signed the 2,232-page omnibus spending bill into law. The $1.3 trillion "Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018" funds the federal government through the remainder of the current fiscal year (September 30, 2018) and includes spending that increases funding for many programs important to charitable nonprofits. Read more.

Posted: March 22, 2018

U.S. Congress Preserves Johnson Amendment in Major Victory for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits!

Late on Wednesday, March 21, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released the text of the omnibus spending bill that funds the government through the current fiscal year 2018 that ends on September 30. The bill is officially titled the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 and is 2,232-pages long containing numerous extraneous policy riders. What is critical for nonprofits to know is that lawmakers did NOT include a provision to repeal or weaken the longstanding Johnson Amendment, the law that protects charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations from partisan politics. Thank you to all Oregon nonprofits that responded to our calls to sign the community letter and call our Congressional Delegation. Read more.

Financial Success for Nonprofits Certificate

Earn a Nonprofit Certificate from anywhere!

In September 2017 NAO launched its members-only Financial Success for Nonprofits Certificate in partnership with eCornell – Cornell University’s online learning platform. NAO members have the opportunity to access high-quality, flexible and affordable online certificate program that focuses on the business of effective nonprofit financial sustainability. NAO is thrilled to be able to bring this focused business program to our members working in collaboration with eCornell as its first nonprofit sector partner in the country! Complete this program in as little as two months! Folks who have completed the program say it’s been great! Learn more.

Posted: February 13, 2018

Curious about what the President’s budget proposal means for nonprofits?

In a special edition of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters, the National Council of Nonprofit summarizes the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and the President’s FY 2019 budget proposals. Early this month, Congress passed and the President signed a bill that combines an unusual collection of federal fiscal actions: adopting another continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded through March 23, authorizing full-year spending authority for specified disaster relief, setting the upper spending levels for a two-year budget, adding to and cleaning up some elements in the recent federal tax overhaul, and addressing numerous other outstanding issues that have eluded congressional negotiators for months. The Trump Administration released the President’s annual budget blueprint of spending proposals for Congress to consider as it develops appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019 that begins October 1, 2018. To learn more about how the new federal fiscal policies and proposals will affect the work of charitable nonprofits click here.