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 Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence – proven ethical, legal, equitable and effective best practice resources that nonprofits can access and use to guide their work. These Principles and Practices embed Independent Sector’s Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice and contextualize them to Oregon. Resources available include curated and created materials. Basic resources will be available to the public; other resources requiring investment will be available to NAO members only.

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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. NAO believe these Principles are the foremost guide for sound and successful practice by charities and foundations in the United States. In their new blog series, Independent Sector will be highlighting one principle per post to remind all of us to 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. NAO will be posting Independent Sector’s highlights as they are available. You can find them all here!