Wednesday, March 22, 2023
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (PT)
Networking at 7:30 a.m., Presentation at 8:00 a.m.

Event Description

The Intersection of HR and Financial Strategy in the New Economy

Scott Schaffer, Principal, Public Interest Management Group

This interactive session gets to the roots of a central challenge of our time: charting a strategy to thrive financially despite inflation, labor shortages, and a potential recession.

This decade has brought new challenges for nonprofit leaders, such as a tight labor market, inflation, and a range of staffing issues, all affecting organizations’ financial performance. This session will explore a strategic framework for considering short-term HR management priorities in the context of promoting longer-term financial sustainability.

Participants will:

  • Understand key elements of financial strategy, including the five components of the nonprofit business model.
  • Deepen their understanding of strategic approaches to HR management and its connections to financial strategy.
  • Identify actions organizational leaders can apply to short- and longer-term human resource challenges.

Automatic closed captioning via Zoom is turned on by default for all NAO virtual sessions. For other accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Presenter

Scott Schaffer, Principal, Public Interest Management Group

Scott Schaffer is an experienced nonprofit leader and consultant with a background in economics, finance, and behavioral science. He is a four-time past CEO of regional, statewide, and national nonprofits. He's directed growth, designed financial turnarounds, and built high-performance organizations in the public health, environmental, and housing fields.

At Philabundance, he led tenfold growth and pioneered a groundbreaking fresh food distribution system, later replicated nationally. At NatureBridge, he oversaw new campus development in Washington and Southern California, keys to a long-term growth strategy. At Common Ground, he guided a recession-era turnaround and a successful merger. He's also worked in planning and policy roles with United Way and the Massachusetts Medicaid program and as a senior associate with La Piana Consulting. 

Scott's consulting practice links expertise in financial analysis and organizational development, and radiates from a core principle that social change requires passion and great ideas along with smart strategy and skillful execution. His work with a range of clients is an extension of this philosophy. He's played a key role in over twenty nonprofit mergers and restructuring projects, and launched social enterprises promoting affordable housing, technology adoption and environmental conservation. Scott has also developed a range of innovative business strategy methods and delivers training workshops on strategic nonprofit management.

Scott's education includes the Harvard Kennedy School, Carnegie Mellon University, and Columbia Business School. His writing on organizational development, finance, and public policy appears in his blog. Off the clock, he's a guitarist, runner, and frequent hiker in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.


Thank You Sponsor

Partner Sponsor: Umpqua Bank


$40 NAO Members
$60 Nonmembers

This event is Member Pass eligible. 
NFMA Member Pass holders may register for events within this specific network. Your unique discount code may be used for ten registrations (per pass). Passes are shareable across your organization.

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March 22nd, 2023 from  7:30 AM to  9:30 AM
Online Event
Event Fee(s)
Price $60.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Financial Management, Human Resources, Networking
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding