Posted: August 04, 2020

NAO Update: August 04, 2020

The summer is in full swing and in the scorching heat, many of us continue to work hard to keep our organizations running in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic and the massive economic downturn. Most of you would have seen by now the second quarter posting for historic GDP losses. The U.S. economy suffered its worst period ever in the second quarter with GDP falling 32.9%. Neither the Great Depression, the Great Recession, nor any other slump over the past two centuries have ever caused such a sharp drain on the economy. Already, nonprofits are showing signs of over stress. Communities need more and more at this critical time, but resources are indeed at a premium. NAO worked with a group of organizations to get feedback and quantify the needs of our sector. Nearly 500 nonprofits from across Oregon responded. If you haven’t had a chance, please download and read the Impact of COVID-19 on Oregon Charitable Nonprofits - Preliminary Report – Key Findings Summary that we released last week.

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Posted: July 30, 2020

NAO Update: July 30, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities and the nonprofits that serve them has been dramatic. Over the past several months, we have been hearing and sharing stories of the furloughs, program closures, additional needs, and stretched-thin leaders trying to work through this crisis. Many of those stories have been inspiring and in too many cases, heart-wrenching, as nonprofits try their best to work through the challenges. In June, NAO partnered with Portland State University’s Nonprofit Institute, Mercy Corps Northwest, and Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (ORVOAD) to quantify the challenges to 501(c)(3) charitable benefit nonprofits through a survey. The findings are quite compelling and underscore not only the importance of the nonprofit sector at this time, but also the pain these organizations are feeling and the hope and concerns they have for the future.

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Posted: July 28, 2020

NAO Update: July 28, 2020

Last week I mentioned that there are some scammers and spammers hitting Oregon right now to try to take some of the hard “worked-for” funding that you all need. Sadly, I have more news to share in that regard. Some of you have already been alerted that Blackbaud, the fundraising software company with products like eTapestry and Raiser’s Edge experienced a major security breach in which nonprofit data was stolen.

In May 2020, Blackbaud discovered and stopped a ransomware attack. In a ransomware attack, cybercriminals attempt to disrupt the business by locking companies out of their own data and servers. Blackbaud is just now notifying their clients regarding the extent of the breach.

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Posted: July 23, 2020

NAO Update: July 23, 2020

The continuing impacts and responses to the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism in America are keeping all of us busy as we work to navigate our organizations through these tumultuous times. It is disheartening to report that with all the hard work and energy being put into our communities, there are those that would use the opportunity for their own personal gain. We have recently been alerted to several scams that have been reported in Oregon, so please be aware and diligent.

Oregon nonprofits are getting spam notices from companies offering to file their form 990s. This happens throughout the year. The information they provide is inaccurate and nonprofits should not be using their services. Nonprofits should only file their 990 forms directly with the IRS for free, or work with a legitimate nonprofit financial services firm.

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Posted: July 14, 2020

NAO Update: July 14, 2020

With warmer weather and brighter sunshine, I hope that your days are feeling lighter in spite of the current health and societal challenges we are facing. Please be sure to take care of your stress and moderate your work load as best you can. We are in this for the long haul and our communities need you – our nonprofit leaders – to be able to stay with them through the weeks and months ahead. They need you building a more just and equitable world for all of us.

Our ability as individuals and organizations to hold true to creating a more just and equitable nation will live or die by trust in civil society. While we intuitively know that trust building is vital, we don’t always have the information necessary to know where we stand or what we need to change.

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Posted: July 07, 2020

NAO Update: July 07, 2020

With so much going on in Oregon and the world, it is important for our mental health and as a means to sustain ourselves that we take breaks and decompress. Our friends at Living Yoga, who specialize in trauma-informed yoga practices, are offering a Body-Based Resiliency Course to help you and your team stay centered and effective, as well as free 15-Minute Resiliency Practice Sessions for the month of July.

Not to add to your allostatic load of stress, but we keep seeing COVID-19 cases in Oregon rise. Oregon has now registered well over 10,000 cases of the disease and the curve continues to rise, not flatten. As Oregon continues to suffer from growing cases of COVID-19, NAO suggests that nonprofits take extra precautions in your programs and operations.

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Posted: June 30, 2020

NAO Update: June 30, 2020

I hope that you are all getting ready for a restful Fourth of July long weekend. We could all use a break to reflect and decompress from so much going on in our world. There are a few important pieces of information that we want to share with you before then, so we’ll jump right into it…

Due to the spike in new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, Governor Brown announced yesterday that face coverings will be required for all indoor public spaces. The declaration expands the requirement across the state and goes into effect July 1 for all Oregon counties. The new guidance applies to both businesses and visitors when in indoor public spaces.

Until the change, face masks were only required for public spaces in Clackamas, Clatsop, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk and Washington counties.

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Posted: June 25, 2020

NAO Update: June 25, 2020

Oregon continues to suffer a spike in COVID-19 cases across the state with nearly 7,500 reported cases. There is no doubt that we did not get past the “first wave” of COVID-19 and need to remain exceeding vigilant in checking community spread. Please be cautious in all the important work that you do in our communities. Nonprofits are leading in some of the most important ways right now and helping to keep COVID-19 from resurging is another way in which we can lead.

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Posted: June 19, 2020

NAO Update: June 19, 2020

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was ordered by President Lincoln. On this “Juneteenth” day when many in our communities are commemorating the day that finally ended slavery in the United States, and at a time when protests against the murders of black men and women continue to be held across Oregon and the country, we want to give a platform for black voices serving in nonprofits across the state. With permission from Kendall Clawson, my colleague at Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, we are providing links to a series of essays by black male leaders. I hope that you’ll read each one and reflect on their comments and wisdom. Thanks to Kendall, Antonio, Djimet, Donell, Marcus, Mark and Mike for their courage and leadership in sharing their thoughts.

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Posted: June 16, 2020

NAO Update: June 16, 2020

As protests across Oregon and the U.S. continue to challenge the status quo and demand policing reforms and investments in black communities, through the U.S. Supreme Court, another historically marginalized group was handed a stunning victory. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers!

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Posted: June 11, 2020

NAO Update: June 11, 2020

As justice and equity demonstrations calling for police reforms and an end to systemic racism continue across the state and the country, we continue to see Black-led nonprofits leading and demanding change. We want to be sure that you all are able to hear directly from them the pain, concern, hopes and dreams for a better future for their voices.

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Posted: June 10, 2020

NAO's interview on MetroEast Community Media's Community Hotline @home

Thank you MetroEast Community Media for highlighting NAO on Community Hotline @home! Watch this 13-minute interview with NAO's Lilisa Hall by Host Monica Weitzel as they discuss NAO's work, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, and the importance of supporting local nonprofits in Oregon.

 

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.

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Posted: June 08, 2020

NAO's COVID-19 Update: June 08, 2020

Demonstrations demanding justice and systemic change in the killing of unarmed black people continue across Oregon. It comes as little surprise that towns like Ashland, Eugene, and Portland have seen continuous protests and demonstrations. What has been heartening is the demonstrations in towns including Burns, Coquille, La Grande, Medford, Ontario, Pendleton, and Salem. These protests are a clear sign that equal justice under the law is not a right-left issue, it is a human issue. As charitable organizations formed for public benefit, nonprofits across the state are in the center of helping to organize and enable their communities express their outrage at these abuses.

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Posted: June 04, 2020

NAO's COVID-19 Update: June 04, 2020

As communities across Oregon and the U.S. lift their voices in peaceful protest for change and continue to shine a light on the trauma and painful events engulfing our nation, please continue to stay safe and healthy and take all necessary precautions against COVID-19.

Yesterday, the Governor gave updates on the Phase 2 of Oregon’s coronavirus reopening. The draft guidance for phase 2 was released last Friday and states that counties could allow gatherings of up to 50 people, ease travel restrictions and allow a limited return to work, though remote working is still strongly recommended.

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Posted: June 02, 2020

NAO stands in solidarity with calls for racial justice and equity

Hello Nonprofit Leaders and Colleagues,

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon acknowledges the acute trauma and pain experienced by African American/Black people over the past week, months, and years and throughout our history as a country. We must lift up the voices of peaceful protest and change. We must make time to reflect on the impact of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police, and how systems of oppression are impacting every Black person in Oregon and across America. We can take time among our families and friends, in our staff meetings, in our board meetings, and in our places of worship, to pause, acknowledge, and listen. We need to hear when people say they can’t breathe. We need to hear and act.

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Posted: May 29, 2020

NAO COVID-19 Update: May 29, 2020

Like many of you, I am lucky enough to have a fantastic board of leaders from across our community to help guide, counsel and govern our organization. Last evening at our NAO Board meeting, Carla Penn-Hopson, Sustainability Officer at Self Enhancement Inc., started off our meeting with a reminder of the compassion and love we all must feel and show to each other – especially in these tragic times – as we see the injustices in Minneapolis unfold and the inequitable realities of the COVID-19 pandemic take more than 100,000 lives across America. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

You can find a list of Oregon SBA lenders here and 100 most active national SBA 7(a) lenders here.

NAO has compiled are some Frequently Asked Questions on the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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