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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Noon – 1 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

COVID-19: Ask the Expert - Funder Response in A Time of Crisis

Subject Matter Expert 
Kendall Clawson – CEO, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington 

Kendall Clawson, CEO of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington will share what Oregon and Southwest Washington funders are doing to support nonprofits during this COVID-19 pandemic. She will discuss other plans funders are currently working on. She’ll also share what she’s been hearing in the community and is available to hear back directly from participants on what nonprofits need.

The session provides an avenue for information to flow directly from Oregon’s nonprofits to funders across the state.  

Send your funder-related questions or comments ahead of the session to

A recording of this webinar will be available.

About the Expert

Kendall Clawson –CEO, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington 

Kendall joined GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington in January, 2018. Prior to her work at GRANTMAKERS, Kendall was the Executive Director of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon (ALFO), a statewide organization dedicated to bringing together leaders from various sectors throughout the country to deepen their leadership skills and strengthen their commitment to collaboratively work on public issues. Under Kendall’s leadership, ALFO launched a program to address Oregon’s urban rural divide, an effort designed to understand differences, find community, inspire collaboration and create opportunity. 

Kendall, who is also a graduate of the ALF program, previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, MD, and current Oregon Governor Kate Brown where she was responsible for leading a department that included the Governor’s Executive Appointments, Constituent Services, Economic and Business Equity, Arts and Culture, and Affirmative Action/Diversity and Inclusion. 

In addition to her work in state government, Kendall has worked in nonprofit management for 24 years. Her leadership roles include serving as Vice President of the United Way of the Pioneer Valley in Springfield, Massachusetts and as Executive Director of the Q Center in Portland. Kendall currently serves on the boards of Portland Parks, the National Board of the American Leadership Forum, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette and the United Way of the Columbia Willamette. 

Kendall Clawson

Thank You Sponsors and Supporters

NAO is currently working with sponsors and funders who support our in-person programs that have been suspended. Many have responded and we want to thank the following SPONSORS and FUNDERS who are supporting NAO’s online COVID-19 events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Friend Plus Partner Sponsor: Columbia Bank, Comcast, and Heritage Bank
Friend Plus Sponsors: Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance, McDonald Jacobs, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors, CFO Selections, and The Standard
Friend Sponsor: Portland General Electric
Supporters: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Kinsman Foundation, and Gordon Elwood Foundation



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March 31st, 2020 from 12:00 PM to  1:00 PM
Online Event
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy, Development & Fundraising, Financial Management, Fundraiser or Festival, Operations & Planning, Public Meeting or Info Session
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Thought Leadership, Voice
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