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The High Desert Conference and Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference: Two Great Events Together for 2021

NAO's Sage Summit offers virtual opportunities for nonprofit leaders from Central and Eastern Oregon to connect with each other, learn from subject-matter experts, and network with peers.

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Cost: $65 NAO Members and $99 Non-members

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Summit Agenda

 Time    Session
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Summit Welcome

Keynote
Presenter: Carol Cheney, The Collins Foundation

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break/Transition

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout session 1 options:

Option A: The New Network Leader
Presenter: Jane Wei-Skillern, Center for Social Sector Leadership

Option B: Strategies for Developing Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Programs
Presenter: Tanisha Tate Woodson, Ph.D., Education Northwest

Option C: Get Ready for a Disaster: Document and Gather (Part 1/2)
Presenter: Nancy Bacon, Nancy Bacon Consulting

11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Networking Break

11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

Breakout session 2 options:

Option A: Community Solutions to Common Fundraising Needs
Presenter: Laurel McCombs, The Osborne Group

Option B: How Nonprofits Can Effectively Collaborate to Address Shared, Complex Challenges
Presenter: David Sawyer, Converge for Impact

Option C: Get Ready for a Disaster: Build a Continuity of Operations Plan (Part 2/2)
Presenter: Nancy Bacon, Nancy Bacon Consulting

12:45 - 1:15 p.m. Networking Break
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Funders Panel
Panelists: To be annouced

 Adjourn 2:30 p.m.

Welcome and Keynote
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Summit Welcome

 

Keynote

Presenter: Carol Cheney, Chief Executive Officer, The Collins Foundation

Carol was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Maryland and rural Oregon, where her family owned an alfalfa and wheat ranch 17 miles outside of the town of Ione in Morrow County. Prior to her work at Collins, she served as the diversity, equity, and inclusion manager at Meyer Memorial Trust. Carol also previously served as the equity and policy director with the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Breakout Session 1 Descriptions
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Option A: The New Network Leader

Presenter: Jane Wei-Skillern, Senior Fellow, Center for Social Sector Leadership

Jane Wei-Skillern is the co-author of the groundbreaking 2008 Stanford Social Innovation Review article, “The Networked Nonprofit,” and a leading researcher on networks for social change. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Social Sector Leadership at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and has also served on the faculties of the London, Harvard, and Stanford Business Schools. For the past 15 years, her research has focused on high impact nonprofit networks, network leadership and network cultures.

Description: Join Jane Wei-Skillern for a session that will spark entirely new ways of thinking about leadership. Using a framework of four straightforward but counterintuitive principles, leaders can form and sustain vibrant and impactful networks. The model Jane will present grew out of Jane’s many years of field research and is continually tested and validated by practitioners catalyzing nonprofit networks across organizations and sectors. This interactive session will offer participants an opportunity to examine their collaboration experiences from a new perspective, and will equip them with the network mindsets, tools, and strategies that can greatly increase the social impact of their work.

Option B: Developing Strategies for Developing Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Programs

Presenter: Tanisha Tate Woodson, Ph.D., Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation Senior Advisor, Education Northwest

Dr. Woodson is an evaluator and social scientist with extensive experience designing, implementing, and managing collaborative projects and programs on a variety of topics including family engagement, early childhood education, and youth development. Across her portfolio, Dr. Woodson uses culturally responsive and equitable evaluation approaches and methods to address structural inequities that systematically marginalize groups across identities of race, class, and gender. She is committed to a collaborative and participatory process that elevates the voices of stakeholders and ensures they play a meaningful role in the program design and implementation process.

Description: Do you want to strengthen the impact your program has on the community?  Do you want to make sure your program addresses the critical needs of the community? In this session, you will learn practical tips and strategies for strengthening your program’s capacity to develop culturally responsive and inclusive programming. 

Option C: Get Ready for a Disaster: Document and Gather (Part 1/2)

Presenter: Nancy Bacon, Owner, Nancy Bacon Consulting

Nancy Bacon has served in the nonprofit roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer since 1996. She currently creates and delivers nonprofit learning programs that help nonprofit leaders take action and strengthen their organizations. Based in Washington State, she created Disaster Planning in Nonprofits with Margaret Schulte to make sure wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis don’t get in the way of nonprofits achieving their mission. 

Description: You work hard to run programs and solve problems. You are focused on your work, not on getting ready for that disaster that might happen. You intend to do the right thing, yet limitations on time, funding, and technical knowledge can get in the way of getting your organization ready for something bad to happen.

Get Ready for a Disaster is a two-part class designed to leave you with the start of a nonprofit disaster plan. Using the Disaster Planning for Nonprofits guide, you will learn a basic framework for getting organized for the next disaster. You will also explore ways to motivate fellow staff or board members to do the work before a disaster strikes so you can bounce back faster. Get ready to roll up your sleeves because these sessions are interactive, providing lots of space for peer learning and resource sharing.

In this first session, you will dive into the risks your organization faces and how those risks will drive your planning. You will spend time with the first two steps in disaster planning: document and gather. You will strategize on ways to engage disaster champions and others in your organization to get the job done.

Breakout Session 2 Descriptions
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Option A: Community Solutions to Common Fundraising Needs

Presenter: Laurel McCombs, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, The Osborne Group

Laurel brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector to her role as consultant and trainer with The Osborne Group, an organization that specializes in philanthropy coaching and consulting for nonprofits.

Description: Your organization has an important mission to achieve. But you are also part of a community, an ecosystem of other organizations with their own challenges and opportunities around financial sustainability. How do we understand our own needs while also supporting the broader non-profit community and our shared supporters in a way that leads to collective growth and sustainability? In what ways can we partner and support one another to support our common challenges and strengthen our entire community?

Option B: How Nonprofits Can Effectively Collaborate to Address Shared, Complex Challenges

Presenter: David Sawyer, Partner, Converge for Impact  <>

David Sawyer (aka "Sawyer") has played key roles in a variety of fields: education reform, national service, social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy and environmental stewardship. He specializes in networks, strategy, design, and systems thinking. Prior to cofounding Converge he helped launch the Americorps program, received The Servant Leader Award from the National Youth Leadership Council, and served as the first Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Portland.

Description: There are a range of ways for nonprofits to partner - from mergers, to shared programmatic and/or backroom services, to formal networks. All have pros and cons. Finding the right fit depends on candid conversations that explore options openly, taking all significant variables into account, and not least, building trust and assuming good intent. Join this interactive presentation and come with your questions.

Option C: Get Ready for a Disaster: Build a Continuity of Operations Plan (Part 2/2)

Presenter: Nancy Bacon, Owner, Nancy Bacon Consulting

Nancy Bacon has served in the nonprofit roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer since 1996. She currently creates and delivers nonprofit learning programs that help nonprofit leaders take action and strengthen their organizations. Based in Washington State, she created Disaster Planning in Nonprofits with Margaret Schulte to make sure wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis don’t get in the way of nonprofits achieving their mission. 

Description: In this second session, you will imagine a terrible wildfire coming towards your community and what you can do now to prepare. You will explore three lenses through which to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan. You will examine your organization’s disaster-ready culture and ways to use your culture to support action.

Funders Panel
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Description: Hear from local and regional grant funders such as the Collins Foundation and Roundhouse Foundation. Learn more about the types of projects or issue areas they tend to fund, their application process, and other important information to help your organization succeed with your grant request.

 
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When
October 14th, 2021 9:00 AM through  2:30 PM
Location
Online Event
Fee
Price $ 99.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Board Development and Governance
Presenter
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding