Giving thanks and stewarding relationships go hand in hand


The fall rains have finally come to Oregon and hopefully, it will start building the important snow pack that our forests and rivers will need for the coming year. As many of us begin to thinking of snow sports, quiet hikes in the outdoors, or savoring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, I want to thank all of you who are doing so much that is important for communities across the state.

I am deeply humbled and pleased to announce that the 2020 NAO board has been voted into service through the action of our members in the October elections. We are delighted to have a talented group of four new board members joining the amazing team of leaders already serving Oregon’s nonprofit sector. Welcome to our new NAO board members set to join the NAO board in 2020:

You can read more about their important work and see their smiling faces by following the links. These are your representatives governing your state association. I hope you take a moment to thank them for their upcoming service. I also want to thank the following outgoing NAO board members who have been tremendous assets to NAO over the past few years:

  • Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, Community Member (Past NAO Board President)
  • Ian Lombard, Managing Partner – BroadPeak Capital (Past NAO Finance Committee Chair)
  • Michelle Neal, Consultant
  • Chris Otis, Executive Director – SMART Reading (Past NAO Development and Nominations Committee Chair) and
  • Jen Rusk, Consultant – Rusk Coaching & Consulting (Past NAO Public Policy Committee Chair).

We will miss them but know they will continue to be strong advocates and part of NAO's network – we deeply appreciate their years of board service and guidance over the past six years.

We are excited to see so many of you at the various learning and convening events that we are delivering around the state. We still have a number of great conversations and trainings happening before the end of the year, so be sure to check them out on the right side of NAO’s website home page.

As we head into the final weeks of the year (and the final year-end fundraising push for most of us), we should remind ourselves that Oregonians care! In the conversations I have been having, nonprofit leaders are reporting that their donors are responding generously to fundraising requests and investing in the critical work of your nonprofits. Remember that Giving Tuesday is Dec 3! Encourage your donors to engage, give, and volunteer.

We deeply appreciate every one of our members across Oregon and are thankful that we have such a robust, caring nonprofit sector. I wish you all a reflective and thankful week and a great start to December culminating with a successful year-end fundraising drive!



Jim White,
Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon