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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 
8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided 

Event Details


High Desert Nonprofit Leaders Conference
Advancing Our Communities Together

Nonprofit Association of Oregon is excited to convene the 2019 High Desert Nonprofit Leaders Conference in Sunriver, Oregon on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. This full-day conference is focused on bringing together nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and others who are engaged in the nonprofit sector for an update on Oregon’s nonprofit sector, to connect with each other, learn from subject-matter experts and network with peers.

The conference theme is Advancing our Communities Together addressing leadership, resource development, nonprofit resiliency, board-staff relationship, etc. Participants have the flexibility to choose breakout sessions based on their interests and needs. The conference lunchtime keynote speaker will be Max Williams, President and CEO of Oregon Community Foundation – you won’t want to miss hearing his perspective on the landscape ahead for Oregon’s nonprofits.

This is a wonderful opportunity to develop and enhance working relationships so critical for the nonprofit sector – all in beautiful Central Oregon! Register today!


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  Welcome
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Session One - Choose a track:

Track A: Stewarding Donors for Increased Retention & Greater Development Success
Presented by: Laurel McCombs, Consultant & Trainer - Osborne Group

  • Retaining your donors is one of the most important goals for any non-for profit. A base of loyal and happy regular donors not only helps sustain the organization but also fuels the major gift and planned giving pipeline. But most are tapping into only a fraction of stewardship’s power. In this workshop, we’ll discuss retention, upgrade, and customer service strategies that weave stewardship and “wow” moments into everything you do. You’ll walk away with an action plan, fresh doable ideas, and tons of inspiration and motivation.

Track B: Nonprofits in Today’s Challenges: Staying Strong and Resilient
Presented by: George Myers, Principal Consultant - gmars Consulting

  • What keeps you awake at night? As a leader of a nonprofit in today’s turbulent times, it often seems like our challenges and problems can outweigh any new opportunities and solutions. If you have been in the nonprofit world for the past few decades, or if you are brand new to the work, we all can tell that this is a period of transition and change: what worked in 1999 is not always working in 2019. Depending on who you talk to things in the next decade will be the best times ever, or we must hunker down and prepare for the worst.

    In this session we will discuss some of the major trends, shifts and changes in the nonprofit world. We will examine in depth areas that boards and key staff need to pay attention to in order to maintain a strong and resilient organization. We will examine key areas every nonprofit should internally be continually strengthening to help keep achieving your mission, building on your work, and helping our world. Together we will design a visionary pair of glasses ready to peer into the 2020s. Come prepared to talk about what keeps you awake, but also what makes you show up in the morning believing there is a clear path forward.
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 12:15 p.m.

Session Two - Choose a track:

Track A: Developing a High-Performing Fundraising Board by Mastering the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team
Presented by: Jeri Alcock, Partner & Senior Consultant - Rose City Philanthropy

  • We all know that fundraising for your organization is a key role for board members. They know it too. So why isn’t your board taking responsibility? Building on the concept of the Five Characteristics of a Cohesive Team by Patrick Lencioni, participants will learn how to promote and support The Five Behaviors™: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results as they relate to fundraising roles and responsibilities.

    This session is designed for those who want to move beyond the “why and what” your board should be doing and begin to address the root causes of resistance. We’ll focus on developing results-oriented volunteer teams that practice compassion and honor dignity.

Track B: Two-Part Harmony: Balancing Leadership Between Board and Staff
Presented by: Kim Ryals, Principal - Cause Oregon

  • The relationship between board and staff sets the stage for a nonprofit's success. Making your way towards meeting your mission requires this relationship is a healthy one...where clear lines of authority, accountability, and process keep respective roles distinct - but complementary and supportive. In this session, we'll review the roles and responsibilities of board members and staff, elements of a high-functioning board-staff partnership, and the special link between Board Chair and Executive Director. Participants will find the session fast-paced and informative, and will leave with practical tools for increasing the strength and effectiveness of this two-part leadership platform.  
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch & Keynote - "Working Toward a Better Oregon"
Presented by: Max Williams, President & CEO - Oregon Community Foundation
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Session Three - Choose a track:

Track A: Social Styles in Fundraising
Presented by: Kristin Romaine, National Trainer - Sanford Institute of Philanthropy

  • To be the most effective fundraiser you must learn more what really drives the work of your nonprofit—your donors. Improve your fundraising results by understanding how your social style impacts your communication with potential donors. Explore how to gain insight into how your donor is thinking and how to find the best way to approach prospects.

    Learning outcomes: Recognize the four different social styles; Identify your own dominant social style; Learn how to communicate with people who operate from each of the various styles and; Understand the concept of versatility and how it affects your ability to relate to all social styles

Track B: Strategic Financial Management for Nonprofit Leaders
Presented by: Scott Schaffer, Principal - Public Interest Management Group

  • Strategic financial management is critical to nonprofit success and sustainability. It involves actively building, monitoring and adjusting the organization’s business model. Successful nonprofit leaders must get in front of the organization’s financial strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities, and keep financial health and sustainability in the scope. This session provides nonprofit leaders with an overview of key strategic financial management concepts, as well as practical methods for fulfilling this role within organizations. 
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks 


Conference attendees receive the following special rates at the Sunriver Resort:

  • $179 Standard King Room or Double Queen Room 

To receive this rate call 800-547-3922 and reference Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Limited availability. 

Thank You Supports, Partners and Sponsors 

This conference is made possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation and the Taylor and Alice Alexander Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation; in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington; and sponsorship of First Interstate Bank.

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$95 NAO Member
$170 Nonmember

NAO Members must be logged in to receive automatic discounted rate when registering.
Contact or 503-239-4001 ext. 123 if you are having difficulties registering.


Sunriver Resort 
17600 Center Drive
Sunriver, OR 97707

September 25th, 2019 8:00 AM through  3:45 PM
Event Fee(s)
Session One, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Track A
Track B
Session Two, 10:45 - 12:15 p.m.
Track A
Track B
Session Three, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Track A
Track B
Event Particulars
City Sunriver
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy, Board Development and Governance, Business Development, Communications & Marketing, Development & Fundraising, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Financial Management, Human Resources, Leadership Development, Networking, Operations & Planning, Program & Impact Evaluation
Event Region Central Oregon
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Convening