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Thursday, November 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Presentation at 8:30 a.m., Networking at 10:00 a.m.
Light Breakfast Provided

Event Description

Contingency Planning for Nonprofits: Stories and Tools for Southern Oregon

Brad Russell, Executive Director, Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Grace L. Chikoto-Schultz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Portland State University 

Glenda Wilson, Compliance & Quality Improvement Director, Addictions Recovery Center and Leader, Rogue Valley Community Organization Active in Disaster
Marc Bayliss, Development Director, ACCESS 

The nonprofit sector plays a critical role in society. Nonprofits are essential to the well-being and vibrancy of our communities. They are also regarded as a “critical civic infrastructure” that is essential for the delivery of a range of social services that are key to the livelihoods of the young and elderly, the disabled, those suffering from debilitating illnesses, and those living in poverty within our communities. Nonprofits serve the most vulnerable and strive to fill gaps in our social service system. Not only do nonprofits complement government in the provision of social services, they often are contracted by government agencies to provide many critical public social services. So what happens when these organizations are thrust into a disrupted environment with greatly expanded roles during and after a disaster? How prepared are they to recover and respond in these roles and what level of assurance can we give to their response?

Recently the Portland State University, in collaboration with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), released the Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Report. Developed through a participant survey conducted in collaboration with the City Club of Portland’s Earthquake Report Advocacy Committee (CCERAC) and the NAO, the report results are quite revealing regarding how concerned and informed nonprofit respondents are about potential hazards, what actions they have taken to prepare for disasters, as well as their perceived roles should a major disaster like the “Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) Event” occur.

Join us for an in-depth conversation on the survey results and an exchange of ideas on what steps need to be in place to a) remove barriers to disaster preparedness that nonprofits face, and b) ensure resourcing assistance needed for nonprofits to adequately prepare for major disasters.

Area of Nonprofit Excellence - Program Management & Effectiveness and Human Resources & Operations

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 Program Management & Effectiveness and Human Resources & Operations. For additional resources in this category, visit: Program Management & Effectiveness and Human Resources & Operations.

About the Presenter

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 July of 2006. Brad received his Business Administration degree from the University of Maine and his Masters degree in Recreation Administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He began his YMCA career in 1990 as a Program Specialist at the YMCA of Greater Rochester in New York. He then took his first sabbatical to complete a 3,500 mile cross country bicycle trip from Maine to California. Brad went on to volunteer for one year teaching conversational English at a YMCA in the country of Taiwan where he met his wife, Stella. In 1995, Brad became the Program Director at an ocean-front resident camp, YMCA Camp Surf, in San Diego, California. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Executive Director of the Monterey Peninsula and South County YMCAs in Monterey County, California.

Grace L. Chikoto-Schultz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Portland State University


Grace is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Georgia State University-Georgia Institute of Technology. Some of her research focuses on nonprofit organization's financial health and disaster preparedness. She also has experience conducting real-time evaluations of international NGOs' early disaster response activities. Prior to joining Portland State University, she taught nonprofit-centered courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 8 years.


$25 NAO Member
$50 Nonmember

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November 29th, 2018 8:30 AM   through   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 $ 50.00
Event Particulars
City Medford
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Networking, Operations & Planning
Event Region Southern Oregon
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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