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Keynote speaker Peter Brinckerhoff

Live in Bend, video-linked to Portland or your internet device.

We are excited to announce NAO will be hosting the High Desert Nonprofit Leaders Conference in Bend in conjunction with our Fifth Annual Meeting.

Pre-Conference Reception

Monday, October 6, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Join us October 6 for a kick-off evening reception with the Oregon Arts Commission at the Deschutes Public Library - Downtown Bend, 601 NW Wall Street, Bend, Oregon. Come learn about how the library provides free access to vital funding research tools and resources as a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center. You can get a glimpse of their on-line description of services here.

Annual Meeting*

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Join fellow NAO Members to hear our accomplishments from the past year, how we serve our membership, and discuss the opportunities and challenges in the nonprofit sector. We look forward to your involvement in making NAO a responsive organization and collective voice for the sector. If you can't make the Annual Meeting in person, there will be options to join us via a video-linked site in Portland or directly through your internet device.

High Desert Nonprofit Leaders Conference:
Smart Stewardship for Nonprofits

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The conference will feature keynote speaker, Peter Brinckerhoff, and tracks for leaders, volunteer managers and board members.

Morning Breakout Sessions
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  1. Board Culture: Creating the Climate for Good Governance
    Adrienne Graham, NAO Regional Director for Central Oregon and Owner of Leapfrog Training and Consulting
    Group think? Inertia? Rubber-stamping? Is your Board making decisions with little deliberation for risk or opportunities? Has your Board ever envisioned the possibility of more than one future? In this interactive and informative session, you will learn what a "culture of inquiry" is and how to foster a robust culture for your Board. We will use some of Jim Collins's work from Good to Great and the Social Sectors to learn how to create a "culture of inquiry"--from who's on the bus to how you engage and energize them in dialogue and deliberation. Learn what you can do to transform your Board and create the climate for good governance.
  2. Funder Perspectives on Smart Stewardship
    C. Davis Parchment, Manager of Electronic Reporting, Foundation Center
    Candy Solovjovs, Meyer Memorial Trust
    Cheryl Puddy, The Oregon Community Foundation
    Cynthia Addams, The Collins Foundation
    Mari Jo Prlain, The Reser Family Foundation
    Join a conversation with local funders to understand what they look for while assessing whether your organizations are mission-driven, right-sized and ready to deliver on the promises in your proposals. They will explain their due dilligence strategies throughout the grant application cycle and demystify what they understand to be smart stewardship within your organizations.
  3. The Five W's of Volunteer Management
    Nancy Gaston, CVA, Principal, Gifts Differing
    In this session we'll explore the five W's of a sound volunteer management program which include: Who will volunteer, where you find them, why they say yes, what they might reasonably do, and when they might do it.

Keynote Presentation - Smart Stewardship for Nonprofits* Presented by Peter Brinckerhoff
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How do you make the best decisions for your nonprofit in good times as well as in crises? How can the board and staff be on the same decision-making wavelength? This session, based on Peter Brinckerhoff's newest and highly acclaimed book, will show you that and more. You'll learn why your mission is your most important asset, the two things that rapid change and rapid growth can destroy, how to make sure your values show up in everything you do, say and decide, and much much more.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  1. Best Practices in Nonprofit Governance*
    Peter Brinckerhoff, Trainer, Author, and Consultant
    Best Practices in Nonprofit Governance will provide you with just what the title says--the best practices that you and your board of directors can put into force immediately. Based on the most current research in the field, this session will include discussion of what makes a board great, what are barriers to effective governance, the role of the staff in governance, reducing board liability, and trends that boards are wrestling with. By the end of this workshop you'll be prepared to take your board from Good to Great.
  2. All About Impact
    Rebecca Alexander, Asst. Development Director, Impact NW & YWCA of Greater Portland
    Simon Adams, Vice President Membership, YMCA of Greater Vancouver

    This workshop is in two parts:
    Part A: How to lead for Impact
    Every person and organization has a growing edge, a challenge to overcome or an opportunity to take. If we can lead people to lasting change at their growing edge, we will begin to see a brilliant display of human and organizational potential. It’s not simple or easy to achieve deep and durable impact in people, however. People are complex. Groups of people in organizations or communities are even more complex. We will need a strategy to engage the deeper parts of human ideology—values, aims, presence, beliefs, and more—so that we may grow our organizations and truly impact those we serve. The first part of this workshop presents a way to design leadership for true and lasting impact.
    Part B: How to evaluate Impact
    In order to lead people and organizations toward deep and durable impact, we need effective ways to see and evaluate impact. Too often, our evaluations fail to give us a crisp and clear picture of impact. They can be burdensome, perfunctory, and unwieldy—a chore to perform, not an exciting discover of the keys to causing human impact. We tend to measure the wrong things in the wrong ways. This seminar will provide simple and elegant models and methods for designing evaluation. It will give you innovative and proven techniques for designing meaningful evaluation of impact.
  3. Equipping, Supporting & Recognizing Volunteers
    Nancy Gaston, CVA, Principal, Gifts Differing
    This session will explore the cycle of volunteer management with a focus on training, supervision, and recognition.


Pre-Conference Reception
All NAO Members and conference attendees are encouraged to attend the pre-conference session. There is no cost to attend.

NAO's Annual Meeting
All NAO Members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting which will include continental breakfast. There is no cost to attend. There is also a video link option for remote viewing in Portland or on your internet device.

High Desert Nonprofit Leaders Conference
Registration will be $85 for NAO and Arts & Culture Alliance Members and $115 for Nonmembers and will include lunch. There is also a video link option for remote viewing of the "Smart Stewardship for Nonprofits" and "Best Practices in Nonprofit Governance" sessions.

*Video linked sessions will be broadcast via YouTube. To participate you must have a YouTube enabled device and high speed internet connection (minimum of 5MB bandwidth). Recordings of these sessions will be available to all video linked registrants.

Continue to the registration page to select the sessions you plan to attend and complete your registration. If you have questions please contact or call 503-239-4001 ext. 123.

October 7th, 2014 7:30 AM   through   4:00 PM
The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center
Deschutes A, B, C & Cascade C, D, E
2850 Rippling River Court
Bend, OR 97701
Event Fee(s)
Monday, October 6 at the Deschutes Public Library - Downtown Bend, 601 NW Wall Street, Bend, Oregon
NAO's Annual Meeting
Live in Bend (Riverhouse Convention Center)
Video Linked to Portland (MercyCorps)
Video Linked to Your Internet Device
High Desert Nonprofit Leaders Conference
Members (NAO and Arts and Culture Alliance) $ 85.00
Nonmembers $ 115.00
Morning Breakout Session
Board Culture
Funder Perspectives on Smart Stewardship
The Five W's of Volunteer Management
Afternoon Breakout Session
Best Practices in Nonprofit Governance
All About Impact
Equipping, Supporting & Recognizing Volunteers
Video Linked Conference Sessions
Members (NAO and Arts and Culture Alliance) $ 85.00
Nonmembers $ 115.00
Event Particulars
City Bend
NAO Event?
Topic Board Development and Governance, Fundraiser or Festival, Business Development, Volunteer Management
Presenter Peter Brinckerhoff
Event Region Central Oregon
Programmatic Approach

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