NAO Nonprofit Resource Library

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

The nonprofit sector plays a critical role in society. Nonprofits are essential to the well-being and vibrancy of our communities. While doing great mission-driven work, nonprofits must also be equipped to operate their organizations effectively and efficiently. To help Oregon's nonprofits thrive, NAO has developed a Nonprofit Resource Library based on Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence – proven ethical, legal, equitable and effective best practice resources that nonprofits can access and use to guide their work. Resources available include curated and created materials.

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NAO Resources Index

Starting a Nonprofit in Oregon

What about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion?

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to a thriving, effective and successful nonprofit. The mission and vision we hold for enriching the lives of all Oregonians, move us to directly challenge ourselves and to deconstruct frameworks of oppression while building opportunities for learning, change and accountability. We therefore believe that DE&I components are embedded across all Principles and Practices areas for Nonprofit Excellence.


33 Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

NAO has partnered with Independent Sector to bring you the 33 Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice (PDF). NAO believes these Principles are the foremost guide for sound and successful practice by charities and foundations in the United States.

Independent Sector highlights each principle on their website with a Principles Resource Center - an online gateway to tools and resources. We as nonprofits must continue evaluating and assessing our organizations and ourselves in order to continue to be trusted and good faith actors in our sector and in the world. 


Nonprofit Health Check - Quick Assessment Tools and Resources

If you are not sure what you need, NAO has developed a set of quick-assessment tools and resources available for you to download and apply to your organization. Download this resource here!