Thursday, January 18, 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

Facilitated by
Brad Russell, Executive Director, Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Sarah Spangler, Director of Nonprofit Education, 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 nonprofits in Oregon. 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.

The spotlight will also be on the exciting prospects awaiting the nonprofit community in Oregon. By exploring emerging trends and potential growth areas, attendees will leave with a heightened sense of enthusiasm and purpose. However, this event goes beyond just exploring the positives; it will also address the issues that demand careful attention. By discussing areas of concern, participants will be equipped to develop proactive strategies for tackling challenges head-on.

Whether you are a seasoned nonprofit professional, an aspiring leader, or simply curious about the sector's impact, this event 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 and beyond.

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

Brad Russell, Executive Director, Rogue Valley Family YMCA

Brad Russell has been the Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Family YMCA in Medford, Oregon since 2006. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Maine and a Masters degree in Recreation Administration and Nonprofit Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He began his YMCA career in 1990 in Rochester, New York then served in San Diego, California. He spent a year at a YMCA in Taiwan where he met his wife, Stella, then led two YMCAs in Monterey County, California.

Brad volunteers for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and serves on the board of La Clinica Health Center. As an avid traveler, he has visited NGOs in more than 35 countries, speaks Mandarin Chinese and a bit of Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys sea kayaking and time outdoors with his wife and two rescue dogs.

Sarah Spangler, Director of Nonprofit Education, NAO

As NAO's Director of Nonprofit Education, Sarah is fueled by a passion for building the capacity of Oregon's nonprofits. 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. 

Thank You Funders

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust & M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


$45 NAO Members
$75 Nonmembers

This event is Member Pass eligible.

If you have any questions or trouble registering, contact


January 18th, 2024 from  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
ACCESS Olsrud Family Nutrition Center
2020 Cardinal Avenue
(behind OLD COSTCO location-directly across from Cash and Carry)
Medford, OR 97504
Event Fee(s)
Price $75.00
Event Particulars
City Medford
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Networking
Event Region Southern Oregon
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding
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