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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (PT)
Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9:00 a.m.
Light refreshments provided  

Thank you to our Sponsor - Columbia Bank

Event Description

Disaster Preparedness for Nonprofits: Are you ready? 

Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Steve Robinson, Board President, Cascadia Prepared

The nonprofit sector plays a critical role in society. Nonprofits are essential to the well-being and vibrancy of our communities. They are also regarded as a “critical civic infrastructure” that is essential for the delivery of a range of social services that are key to the livelihoods of the young and elderly, the disabled, those suffering from debilitating illnesses, and those living in poverty within our communities. Nonprofits serve the most vulnerable and strive to fill gaps in our social service system. Not only do nonprofits complement government in the provision of social services, they often are contracted by government agencies to provide many critical public social services. So what happens when these organizations are thrust into a disrupted environment with greatly expanded roles during and after a disaster? How prepared are they to recover and be able to provide the critcal services communitites will need?

Recently the Portland State University, in collaboration with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), released the Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Report. Developed through a participant survey conducted in collaboration with the City Club of Portland’s Earthquake Report Advocacy Committee (CCERAC) and the NAO, the report results are quite revealing regarding how concerned and informed nonprofit respondents are about potential hazards, what actions they have taken to prepare for disasters, as well as their perceived roles should a major disaster like the “Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) Event” occur.

Join us for an in-depth conversation on the survey results and an exchange of ideas on what steps need to be in place to a) remove barriers to disaster preparedness that nonprofits face, and b) ensure resourcing assistance needed for nonprofits to adequately prepare for major disasters.

Area of Nonprofit Excellence - Program Management & Effectiveness and Human Resources & Operations

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 Program Management & Effectiveness and Human Resources & Operation. For additional resources in this category, visit: Program Management & Effectiveness and Human Resources & Operation.

About the Presenters

Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Jim currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. He began this assignment in October of 2012. Jim is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together to support and strengthen civil society. He is specifically skilled on working to build alliances and partnerships with mission and results driven outcomes in mind.

Steve Robinson, Board President, Cascadia Prepared

Steve earned a BA with honors in economics from Williams College and an MBA in finance from Stanford Business School. He founded and serves as President of Cascadia Prepared, and is a board member of the Cascadia Regional Earthquake Workgroup (CREW). He managed the research department at SAIF Corporation until retiring. He previously served as Performance Measurement Manager at the Oregon Department of Transportation, as a small business consultant, and was active in the health care and youth services fields. He served 12 years on the Eugene School Board, founded several nonprofit organizations, and has been a member of many local and statewide committees.


Free with registration


May 22nd, 2019 8:30 AM   through   10:00 AM
Hilyard Community Center
Multipurpose Room
2580 Hilyard St
Eugene, OR 97405
Event Particulars
City Eugene
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Program & Impact Evaluation, Public Meeting or Info Session
Event Region Central Oregon
Programmatic Approach Convening, Thought Leadership

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