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Thursday, January 10, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9:00 a.m.
Light Breakfast Provided

Event Description

Independence, not “Neutrality”: Embracing Nonprofit Political Advocacy 

Robin Ye, Lead Political Organizer, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

Non-profits, including direct service providers, are constantly under attack and, understandably risk averse, but to truly “serve” our constituents requires a level of explicit political advocacy that is both legally permissible and programmatically necessary to help our communities. Our most marginalized, vulnerable, and under-resourced members of our communities need advocates who will rise up to fight for their needs. This presentation is to talk about how to boldly navigate values-led politics and not confuse “non-partisan” status or “independence” with “neutrality”; bold values and politics for “electoral work”.

Learning Goals:

  • Understand the current political moment facing 501c3 & 501c4, direct service and advocacy non-profits
  • Expanding the definition of “advocacy” to more comprehensively serve your constituents
  • Debunking fears around “politics” and embracing bold, values-led organizational action
  • Learn about APANO’s political advocacy and evolution into political and electoral work

Target Audience
This presentation is for non-profit leaders and advocates who want their work and their organizations to meet the challenge of our current political environment, to build systems commensurate to the political moment at hand. For folks who want to understand how to champion causes and issues within and up to the limit of 501c3 permissibility. 

Pre-session materials: Please read this short article before the session to best prepare for discussion. 
Partisanship, Neutrality, and Independence - Where Does City Club Fit In? 

Area of Nonprofit Excellence - Communications & Public Affairs and Leadership & Culture

Every learning opportunity NAO offers is aligned with one of nine areas of our Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence that NAO believes are critical to every nonprofit’s effectiveness and success. Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for a thriving, effective and successful nonprofit; therefore, DE&I is embedded across all nine areas.

This event focuses on Communications & Public Affairs and Leadership & Culture. For additional resources in this category, visit: Communications & Public Affairs and Leadership & Culture.

About the Presenter

Robin Ye, Lead Political Organizer, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon


Robin Ye is the Lead Political Organizer at APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon), overseeing APANO’s growing c4 electoral politics program. He is Chinese-American and the only member of his entire family born in the United States. Robin grew up in Beaverton, Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Human Rights (minor) from the University of Chicago.

Robin has a passion for civic engagement and social justice. Robin has worked as a political organizer on statewide campaigns in Oregon, and was a healthcare union organizer at SEIU Local 49 before joining APANO. At APANO, he managed field efforts to help deliver big wins for the AAPI community -- including preserving Measure 101 Healthcare, and electing the first AAPI to Salem City Council and the first woman of color to Portland City Council.

In his free time, Robin enjoys eating, hiking, cats, podcasts, writing, comedy, and is an avid sports fan.


$35 NAO Member 
$65 Nonmember

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January 10th, 2019 8:30 AM   through   10:30 AM
Ecotrust - 2nd Floor
Billy Frank Jr Conference
721 NW 9th Ave #200
Portland, OR 97209
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 65.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Networking
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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