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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Presentation at 8:30 a.m., Networking at 10:00 a.m.
Light Breakfast Provided

Event Description

Investment Strategies for Nonprofits

Kevin Chambers, Managing Partner and Lead Advisor, Headwaters Investments 

According to the National Council of Nonprofits, the role of board members is to act as “the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.” All executive directors and board members hope that their organization will not only fulfill the charitable mission in the community for which it was organized, but that it will survive beyond their own involvement. To do so, the board must find a way to be financially sustainable. A possible strategy is to set aside funds for the future with the creation of an investment account. Kevin Chambers, managing partner at Headwater Investments, a firm that specializes in consulting with non-profit organizations. He will describe how organizations of all sizes and purposes can use prudent investment accounts to meet their mission. He will also dive into the issues surrounding the fiduciary duties of various actors in organizations, and best practices for governance and due diligence.

Learning Goals:

  • Current state of non-profit investing
  • Understand the different levels of fiduciary duty
  • Defining goals of investment accounts
    • Endowments vs reserve funds
  • Defining elements necessary for building an investment policy
    • Asset Allocation
    • Rebalancing
    • Management Fees
    • Due Diligence
    • Spending Policy
    • Monitoring

Target Audience
Executive Directors (CEOs), financial directors (CFOs), and Board Members – Decision makers and those responsible for financial oversight.

Pre-session materials
Read these materials in preparation for the topic of this session. 
Best Practices: Investing for Nonprofits - Kevin Chambers
Nonprofit Investing Chapter 1&2 - Lawernce Kochard and Cathleen Rittereiser

Area of Nonprofit Excellence - Resource Development

Every learning opportunity NAO offers is aligned with one of nine areas of our Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence that NAO believes are critical to every nonprofit’s effectiveness and success. Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for a thriving, effective and successful nonprofit; therefore, DE&I is embedded across all nine areas.

This event focuses on Resource Development. For additional resources in this category, visit: Resource Development.

About the Presenter

Kevin Chambers, Managing Partner and Lead Advisor, Headwaters Investments 


Kevin earned his BA with a double major in Economics and International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. While completing Willamette University’s MBA for Professionals, he wrote a capstone on how to better serve non-profits as an advisor.

Kevin has a passion for working with non-profit organizations. He is a board member for the McMinnville Noon Rotary Club and Community Home Builders and is an active member in the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, sitting on their Government Affairs Council. He also is a member of the McMinnville School District Citizen Oversight Committee.

At Headwater Investments Kevin holds the multifaceted role of Managing Partner and Lead Advisor. Kevin manages new and current client relationships, forms firm strategy, and breaks down the team’s research into understandable and enlightening commentary. He shares this knowledge as a public speaker on financial and economic topics.


$35 NAO Member 
$65 Nonmember

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April 10th, 2019 8:30 AM   through   10:30 AM
Ecotrust - 2nd Floor
Billy Frank Jr Conference
721 NW 9th Ave #200
Portland, OR 97209
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 65.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Networking
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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