NAO Update: December 2, 2021

It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks we will be ringing in a new year. At NAO, we are focused on closing our books on 2021 and planning for 2022. I know that many nonprofit professionals are extra busy this time of year – especially development and accounting departments working on final fundraising pushes and finalizing budgets. I know these are big jobs and I’d encourage you to help them out whenever you can to make that lift a little lighter for them.  

At year end, so many nonprofit organizations are focused on fundraising to meet or exceed revenue goals. NAO is working on several learning opportunities for fundraising in 2022 including webinars, cohorts, and conferences to meet the needs of fundraisers at all levels. We will be announcing more of our 2022 early next year, so keep your eyes on these updates as well as our website for more information. 

We want to keep charitable giving incentivized for our donors – so please consider signing onto this letter to extend the universal charitable (non-itemizer) deduction. This giving incentive for individuals who take the standard deduction was created on a bipartisan basis in the beginning of the pandemic to generate additional resources to support the work of charitable organizations. Please join the Charitable Giving Coalition in signing onto a letter urging congressional leaders to support expanding and extending the universal charitable deduction in year-end legislation. Go here to read the letter and sign on. The letter is open for signers until December 3.

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NAO Update: November 18, 2021

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday next week, I have been taking the time to reflect on all that I am thankful for. I know this is a cliché sentiment, particularly at this time of the year. But, the last few years have been so devastating and so exhausting to so many, it feels especially important to take the time this year to really think about all the good things that I’m grateful for.

For those that know me, it should come as no surprise that I am incredibly thankful for all the hardworking nonprofit leaders, volunteers, and donors throughout Oregon. I can not imagine what our communities would be like without all of your dedication, passion, and commitment to serving your missions. Oregonians rely on your work and I know how lucky we all are for what you do.

Thanksgiving is a time to be with friends, family, and your community – I continue to be grateful that COVID-19 vaccines and masks allow us to gather together more safely this year. While the pandemic is not over, getting vaccinated, wearing masks in indoor public spaces, and keeping our gatherings small will allow many of us to have a much brighter holiday this year.  

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NAO Update: November 11, 2021

Today is Veteran’s Day, a time for all of us to reflect on the sacrifices of those that have served in the US armed forces and thank them for their service. NAO is proud to have many great 501c3 and 501c19 veteran’s organizations as our members. Take time today to check out the work of the Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, and the Returning Veterans Project. We appreciate your sacrifice and we salute your service!  

Many veterans go on to serve either in public service or in our sector as nonprofit leaders. We are indebted to those that continue their service to community and appreciate the special perspectives they bring to our work of building a better society. Sadly, too many veterans struggle with readjustment into civilian life after they leave the military. We are all too familiar with the often-sensationalized stereotype of the veteran with PTSD, suffering from homelessness or addiction.  

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