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.
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.
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.
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!