Friday, March 24, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. (PT)
Check-in and Networking at 10:00 a.m.
First session begins at 10:30 a.m. 
Coffee, light morning refreshments, and lunch provided.

Event Description

Day-Long Workshop for Upriver Siuslaw Nonprofits

Jenn Clemo, Director of Nonprofit Leadership and Learning, NAO
Sarah Spangler, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

Join us for this full-day workshop, which includes the following three sessions:  

Session 1 – Effective Board Management for Meaningful Engagement
Meaningful board service involves more than just attending meetings; a truly engaged board is one whose understanding of their individual and collective roles matches their passion for and dedication to your mission. Attendees will learn: 

  • Roles, responsibilities, and liabilities of the individual and the board as a collective
  • The typical structure of a nonprofit board, including officer positions and key policies 
  • How to incorporate tools for effective collaboration between Board Chair and Executive Director 
  • Strategies for developing and using a board workplan, including the use of committees to accomplish board work 
  • Techniques for running effective board and committee meetings 

Session 2 – Bolstering Board Recruitment & Retention
Nearly every nonprofit can benefit from having board members that are more engaged and effective– but how do we set ourselves up for success? This session will help you shift your discussions about recruiting new board members from a “who do we know” conversation toward a more strategic and ongoing board cultivation and recruitment process. We’ll cover: 

  • What to do before you begin: board notebooks, job descriptions, and more
  • Prospecting and recruiting new board members 
  • Orienting new board members 
  • Tips for better retention 

Session 3 – Engaging Your Board in Fundraising
A well-prepared and passionate board is essential to successful fundraising. This session will provide strategies for creating fundraising expectations from the get-go, increasing your board’s understanding of the organization’s revenue needs, finding ways for everyone to play a role, and building board ambassadors for your cause. Attendees will receive tips for: 

  • Solidifying fundraising expectations from the start 
  • Providing training to prepare your board for success 
  • Shifting perspectives to make fundraising accessible
  • Building confident ambassadors 

Please note: Priority registration through March 3 is for Upriver Siuslaw residents (Mapleton, Swisshome, Deadwood) or those serving on a board that is located in upriver communities. If you live outside of the upriver area, please contact Stephanie Sarles,, to be placed on an email list for available spaces. Registration for the Florence/Dunes City area will be available after March 6 as space allows.

Reimbursements for child or elder care are available upon request. Child care will be provided onsite for potty-trained children, if there's enough interest. Please contact Stephanie Sarles at for more information or to request reimbursements.

For other accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Presenters

Jenn Clemo, Director of Nonprofit Leadership and Learning, NAO

Jenn is a nonprofit professional with over 16 years of experience in the sector. Jenn possesses a diverse set of skills in nonprofit management, with expertise in fund development, marketing, program design, and evaluation. Prior to NAO, Jenn served as the Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship, an organization that provided training and resources to nonprofits across the region before it joined forces with NAO in 2020. Jenn has also worked as an independent consultant providing nonprofit capacity-building and grant writing services to a variety of clients in the Willamette Valley and across the country. Jenn is a graduate of the University of Oregon and holds a B.A. in English Literature.  


Sarah Spangler, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

Sarah Spangler is a Nonprofit Education Specialist at NAO. 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 Sponsors

The Ford Family Foundation, Siuslaw Vision, and the Mapleton School District


FREE - Registration Required

If you have any questions or trouble registering, contact


Please note: NAO will follow the masking guidelines of the venue in which we are holding this session. To make sure you have the most accurate information, all registrants will be notified of the venue-specific policy in advance of the session.

March 24th, 2023 from 10:00 AM to  3:15 PM
Mapleton School District
10868 E Mapleton Rd
Mapleton, OR 97453
Event Particulars
City Mapleton
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Board Development and Governance
Event Region South Coast, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding