Thursday, January 25, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Light breakfast provided.

Event Description

Looking Ahead: Forecasting Conversation and Networking Coffee

Sarah Spangler, Director of Nonprofit Education, NAO
Jim White, Executive Director, NAO

Join us for an engaging and insightful morning of discussion, networking, and coffee. This session features a roundtable discussion with nonprofit leaders who will shed light on the current state of the nonprofit sector. We'll delve into the challenges, triumphs, and developments shaping the nonprofit landscape. Participants can expect to gain valuable insights into what nonprofits are currently facing, fostering a deeper understanding of the sector's unique needs and opportunities.

We'll discuss some exciting prospects, emerging trends, potential growth areas, and the issues that require careful attention. By addressing opportunities and areas of concern, participants will leave with a heightened sense of purpose and be equipped to develop proactive strategies for tackling challenges head-on.

Whether you are a seasoned nonprofit professional, an emerging leader, or simply curious about the sector's impact, this panel discussion promises to be a source of inspiration, knowledge, and actionable insights. Come and join us as we discuss our nonprofits, communities, and the sector at large, all in pursuit of making a lasting positive impact in Oregon.

NAO is committed to creating inclusive learning environments and providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. 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 Facilitators

Sarah Spangler, Director of Nonprofit Education, NAO 

Sarah Spangler is a Director of Nonprofit Education at NAO. Sarah has worked in the nonprofit sector in different capacities for almost 10 years; as a nonprofit volunteer, committee member, program coordinator, development director, executive director, and board member. Sarah is an active community member and feels at her best when she is surrounded by others who are passionate about building stronger, more equitable, and more compassionate communities.  


Jim White, Executive Director, NAO

Jim White joined the Nonprofit Association of Oregon as the Executive Director in October 2012. He is deeply committed to the social change through private action and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 25 years. Jim has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together to support and strengthen our communities and civil society. He believes that one of the purest democratic values is having private individuals identify needs and solutions, and lead change in their communities for the greater good. Through NAO, Jim is proud to help build the capacity, leadership and voice of Oregon’s vibrant nonprofit sector.  

Before joining NAO, Jim worked for Mercy Corps both overseas and in Oregon. He has also worked for the International Organization for Migration and the American Red Cross.  

He has a M.A. in Eurasian Studies from Indiana University and a B.S. in Engineering Technology from Temple University.  

Thank You Sponsors

Friend Sponsor: First Interstate Bank
Foundation Supporters: The Kinsman Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial TrustM.J. Murdock Charitable Trust & Roundhouse Foundation


$45 NAO Members
$75 Nonmembers

This event is Member Pass eligible.

If you have any questions or trouble registering contact


January 25th, 2024 from  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Deschutes Children's Foundation East Bend Campus
2125 NE Daggett Lane
Bend, OR 97701
Event Fee(s)
Price $75.00
Event Particulars
City Bend
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Human Resources
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding
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