Posted: September 7, 2018

An Important Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Step for NAO

On behalf of NAO’s Board and Staff, I am excited and proud to share NAO’s Equity Statement.

Our statement is a milestone of challenging and rewarding work that both NAO Staff and Board have undertaken over the last year and a half. The commitment reflected in the statement is born out of difficult conversations, sitting in discomfort, learning, course-correcting, and most importantly, a collective agreement to continue moving forward for a just and equitable Oregon.

As many of you know, NAO has been fortunate to have great staff over the years leading equity and inclusion work in the field. The recognition of our responsibility to stay relevant and to model that work from the inside out lead us to a phase of deep internal diversity, equity and inclusion work, which began in December 2016. We have been and will continue to be on a journey – a journey of reflection, action and continuous improvement.

We know we will make mistakes – we will listen – we will learn – we will make adjustments. We are committed to embracing these challenges with humility and accountability. As we further our work and refine an equity lens, it will guide our decision-making and policies to sustain the work we do on behalf of the nonprofit sector across the state. We look forward to traveling together on this path, hearing from our members and engaging in ongoing dialogue and action.

In the five years I’ve been on NAO’s Board, I can say that guiding this momentous milestone and collaborating with NAO Board Members and Staff has been truly an honor and an unforgettable, deeply personal and satisfying experience.

In closing, to our membership and to the rest of our diverse sector and supporters, I want to restate: We see you. We are listening. We exist to support you. We are not done and we are accountable to you.

With deepest appreciation and gratitude,
Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, NAO Board President

Posted: August 30, 2018

August Newsletter


Newsletter highlights:

  • Letter from NAO's Board President Nancy Ramirez Arriaga: An Important Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Step for NAO.
  • NAO's Equity Statement.
  • NAO launches its Referral Service and Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence resources
  • NAO member spotlights: Warm Springs Community Action Team and Metropolitan Family Service.
  • NAO member benefit spotlight: DonorSearch.
  • Resource article from Bloomerang: Start Upgrading & Retaining More Donors Through Monthly Giving.
  • Upcoming nonprofit convenings and professional development opportunities across the state and online.

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Posted: August 23, 2018

Save 55% on NAO's Professional Development Networks - Limited time!


NAO is excited to pre-launch our 2018-2019 professional development networks for the Portland Metro, Central Oregon and Southern Oregon regions! Over the summer NAO's staff reviewed feedback on last season's offerings, solicited input, and listened to suggestions and topic ideas for the 2018-2019 season. For a limited time, NAO members have the opportunity to purchase a network specific Season Pass and save up to 55%!

For your convenience, Season Pass holders will not have to register for each session -- we'll do that for you! (Don't worry, we'll remind you before each upcoming session.) Not a member? Join today!

Posted: July 25, 2018

The Challenge of Restoring Trust in Civil Society (Recording Available)


The Nonprofit Association of Oregon had the pleasure of hosting an online conversation - The Challenge of Restoring Trust in Civil Society: The Rural Context with Dan Cardinali, President and CEO of Independent Sector - a nationwide membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good. During this conversation Dan shared his perspective on what Independent Sector is doing to help create dialogue and discourse towards restoring trust in civil society. If you missed the webinar, a recording can be downloaded here.