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Thursday, October 1, 2020
12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

The Impact of COVID-19 on Oregon Charitable Nonprofits

Grace L. Chikoto-Schultz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Portland State University 
Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

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 leaders who are stretched thin 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 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.

Join Grace Chikoto-Shultz, Lead Researcher for this project and Assistant Professor at Portland State University and Jim White, Executive Director at NAO for a discussion about what this means for the sector as we chart a path forward through this uncertainty and COVID-19 crisis. 

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*Space is limited to 500 participants. Please note that a recording of this webinar will be made available on NAO's webinar page for later viewing.

About the Presenters

Grace L. Chikoto-Schultz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Portland State University

Grace is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Georgia State University-Georgia Institute of Technology. Some of her research focuses on nonprofit organization's financial health and disaster preparedness. She also has experience conducting real-time evaluations of international NGOs' early disaster response activities. Prior to joining Portland State University, she taught nonprofit-centered courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 8 years.


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.


Thank You Funders and Supporters

Thank you to the following FUNDERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online COVID-19 events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, The Collins Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, and Gordon Elwood Foundation
Friend Plus Partner Sponsor: Columbia Bank, First Interstate Bank, Comcast, Heritage Bank, and Nike
Friend Plus Sponsors: Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance, McDonald Jacobs, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors, CFO Selections and The Standard
Friend Sponsor: Portland General Electric and Impact Benefits & Retirement



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October 1st, 2020 12:00 PM   through   1:00 PM
Online Event
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy, Development & Fundraising, Financial Management, Fundraiser or Festival, Operations & Planning, Public Meeting or Info Session
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Thought Leadership, Voice

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