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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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

Fundraising in Light of Standard Deduction 

Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon  

Zak Boone, Executive Director, Central Oregon Community College Foundation
Heather Vihstadt, Director of Development, High Desert Museum 

We know Oregonians care about nonprofits and the important work we do in communities across Oregon. We know that they care with their time and treasure, but there has been a lot of talk this year about the implications of the new tax laws on charitable giving. Has it left you feeling confused or worried about a down-turn in fundraising for your organization?  Are you unsure how to answer donor questions about tax credit eligibility? Have you been hearing a lot about Donor Advised Funds as a mechanism for giving this season?

This session will give nonprofit EDs, Boards and Fundraisers an overview of the changes to tax law that has a lot of folks fearing a major reduction in charitable gifts this year. You’ll hear reflections from a panel of nonprofit leaders from Central Oregon on what they are already seeing and you’ll be able to participate in a Q and A session on what your nonprofit may be able to do to keep their donations up. This promises to be an invigorating discussion, and we know you have a lot to contribute. We hope you can join us in inspiring our donors to #CarelikeanOregonian!

Area of Nonprofit Excellence - Resource Development and Communications & Public Affairs

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 Resource Development and Communications & Public Affairs. For additional resources in this category, visit: Resource Development and Communications & Public Affairs

About the Presenters

Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon 

Jim currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. He began this assignment in October of 2012. Jim is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together to support and strengthen civil society. He is specifically skilled on working to build alliances and partnerships with mission and results driven outcomes in mind.

Zak Boone, Executive Director, Central Oregon Community College Foundation 

Zak Boone is the Executive Director of the Central Oregon Community College Foundation. Zak received his Masters of Public Administration with a focus in nonprofit management from Portland State University, and Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College. Zak has worked in respected charities in Central Oregon since 2007, including serving as Executive Director for the Bend Ronald McDonald House from 2007-2011 and as Associate Director for the Deschutes Land Trust from 2011-2015. He is also actively involved in the Rotary Club of Bend/Mt. Bachelor serving as Club President for 2018-19, and a past board member and chair of the programs committee. Zak’s areas of professional expertise include major gift fundraising, community engagement, board governance, planned giving, relationship cultivation, strategic planning, event planning, media relations and branding.

Heather Vihstadt, Director of Development, High Desert Museum

Heather Vihstadt, Director of Development of the High Desert Museum, has been a leader in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade. She has a Masters in Nonprofit Management with a Certificate in Capacity Building and she is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Prior to her work at the Museum, she served as the Executive Director of the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools and Council Director for Girls on the Run of Deschutes County.


$25 NAO Member 
$50 Nonmember

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October 31st, 2018 8:30 AM   through   12:00 AM
St. Charles Medical Center
2500 NE Neff Road
Conference Room A
Bend, OR 97701
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 50.00
Event Particulars
City Bend
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Networking
Event Region Central Oregon
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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