Posted: June 3, 2019

Data Breaches: It is not a matter of if a data breach will occur in your organization, it is a matter of when.

Thoughts from: Steve Miller, Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance

High profile cyber attacks and data breaches against large, well-known companies like Target and Marriott continue to dominate the media headlines. The reality is that small and midsize businesses including nonprofits are much more common targets of cyber attacks and data breaches. It only takes minutes for a resourceful hacker, virus or system glitch to shut down your entire network and impact the privacy of your customers, employees, donors, and others. A single cyber event or data security breach could result in damaging consequences to your financials. Nonprofit organizations are especially vulnerable because they retain physical or electronic records for employees, customers, and other third parties.

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Posted: May 31, 2019

Hiking, picnics and opportunities to advance your nonprofit work!

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

For many of us, this time of the year calls for some relaxing, enjoying the beautiful Oregon outdoors and ensuring our nonprofits are continuing to perform well. We're almost half way through the year, with solid work behind us and more opportunities ahead of us. Here at NAO we are closing out our 2018-2019 "network series" training season and have launched our planning for the fall series of learning and convening events. In fact, we will soon be launching a request for proposals for presenters for the learning sessions that we are planning across the state.

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Posted: May 31, 2019

Access to funding services that nonprofits need

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GrantStation offers nonprofits the opportunity to identify potential statewide, national, and international funding sources and resources. As part of NAO member benefits, NAO members can purchase a full annual membership to GrantStation MVP at the highly discounted rate of only $75 - that's 89% off the regular retail price, a savings of $624/year! Search thousands of researched funder profiles and access grant proposal-writing tutorials, webinars, and tools/resources. FIND new grant sources, BUILD a strong grant-seeking program, WRITE winning grant proposals, and WIN grant awards to fund your mission! Click on the link below to see how you can start saving today! Not an NAO member? Join today!

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Posted: April 30, 2019

Connecting, improving and advancing Oregon nonprofits!

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

April has been a busy month - besides April showers that hopefully will bring plenty of May flowers - the nonprofit sector in Oregon has been practically humming with activity.

Earlier this month, more than 380 participants convened in Ashland for the annual Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference. Launched in 1988, ONLC is a gathering of nonprofit leaders for professional and volunteer development, networking, and the opportunity for nonprofits and funders to connect. It was a great conference - inspiring and relevant - and NAO was honored to host the networking reception and facilitate connections - both for newcomers and regulars! Hats off to the all-volunteer conference steering committee who did a fantastic job! We are proud that Brad Russell, NAO's board president and executive director of the Rogue Valley YMCA, is on the steering committee.

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Posted: April 30, 2019

New Release! 2018 Year-End Charitable Giving in Oregon

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Nonprofit Association of Oregon is pleased to share the 2018 Year-End Charitable Giving in Oregon report. The findings are very interesting, surprising in some cases, and give us much food for thought for future planning.

In partnership with the Association of Fundraising of Oregon and SW Washington, NAO conducted a survey to hear directly from nonprofit executive directors and development officers on the results of their fundraising efforts in 2018.

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Posted: April 30, 2019

Enhancing Nonprofit Reputation: Four Keys to improve bonds between nonprofits and corporations

Successful nonprofits certainly recognize that partnerships are important. But recently, the importance of corporations working with nonprofits has been proven to successfully enhance a company's reputation. Nonprofits that work to leverage this information can help support their own organization-and strengthen the reputation of their corporate partners, thus creating a win-win partnership. Nonprofits seeking to proactively partner with a business to elevate both organizations' standing in the community can follow these four keys to success: Identify Like-Minded Corporations; Ignite a Conversations; Have Your Numbers In Oregon and Sleek Alignment.

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Posted: April 4, 2019

Principles & Techniques of Fundraising Course

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is offering an in-depth fundraising course for nonprofit leaders on August 19 to 22 in Tigard, Oregon. This three-day Principles & Techniques of Fundraising Course will help maximize your fundraising success. Strengthen your fundraising abilities by learning proven fund development tools, and draft a specific fundraising plan to grow your organization.

NAO members receive a 10% discount off the tuition cost. Discount code available behind NAO's members-only area of our website.

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Posted: March 29, 2019

Forests, rivers and itemizations

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

I hope that whoever your organization serves or whatever types of issues you help elevate, protect or advance, you take a few moment to thank our colleagues in environmental and natural protection nonprofits that expand and safeguard our beautiful beaches, forests, ocean, parks, public lands, rivers, and trails. Maybe you could volunteer for a river clean-up or trail restoration project. Whatever your interest, be sure to take some time to enjoy the amazing beauty of Oregon this spring!

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Posted: March 29, 2019

Directors & Officers Insurance for Your Nonprofit

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We're very excited to introduce an enhanced NAO Directors & Officers Insurance Program offered through our partner, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors. As part of NAO membership, nonprofits can access this excellent program designed to help organizations save money on annual premiums, increase their level of protection, and effectively manage risk!

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Posted: March 1, 2019

Fresh powder, taxes and surprises left behind...

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

I hope that you are all enjoying the winter wonderland that Oregon has become! As most of our state has been blanketed in snow and deep-freeze temperatures, the legislative session in both Salem and Washington D.C. have been heating up, especially where nonprofits are concerned. In some cases, the initiatives are like fresh powder on a beautiful morning waiting for those first tracks. In other cases, they are the "surprises" left behind at the end of winter, when the snow melts and you realize someone decided not to clean up after their pooch!

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