Investments in nonprofit capacity building are crucial to the effectiveness, adaptability, and resilience of Oregon nonprofit leaders, organizations, networks, and the sector as a whole. Through NAO's learning and convening opportunities, we nurture new nonprofit leaders, sustain experienced leaders, and grow the capabilities and systems needed to achieve shared visions, collaborate strategically, develop resources, and deepen community impact. View NAO's Learning Strategy to learn more about how we approach developing timely, responsive, and impactful programs. 


Our learning programs are intentionally designed to develop and strengthen capacity for nonprofit staff and volunteers. We offer practical, affordable  programming in a variety of formats, including cohort-model series, webinars and in-person training (when restrictions lift). Additionally, NAO provides a frequently updated collection of online tools and resources to help nonprofit across Oregon increase their impact. 

Learning Cohorts

NAO’s nonprofit learning cohorts are a collaborative approach to capacity building. Small groups of nonprofit leaders convene around specific shared learning opportunities to discuss mutual issues, learn from the challenges and solutions of their peers, and problem solve together. More details here.


Our webinars host state and national-level content experts who offer insight on a variety of nonprofit topics and leave participants with practical and action-driven tools for success. NAO webinars cover content that is critical to the nonprofit sector and responsive to evolving needs and challenges. More details here.

Online Tools and Resources for Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

Grounded by Independent Sector’s Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, NAO has contextualized for Oregon our own Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence – proven ethical, legal, equitable, and effective best practices that help Oregon’s nonprofits thrive. These Principles & Practices are supported by tools and resources that nonprofits can use to guide their work. Resources available include materials from around the web and NAO-created resources. View the library of resources here.

NAO Member e-Learning Portal through Nonprofit Ready - Must be logged in with a member account to access

In addition to NAO resources, take advantage of NonprofitReady's library of 500+ free online learning resources. For our members, NAO has curated the best and most effective resources on a variety of nonprofit topics such as board governance, financial oversight, leadership and culture, and COVID-19-related information, just for you.  Whether it’s resources from well-respected experts and organizations or NAO-developed materials such as our Equity & Inclusion Lens Guide, you’ll be able to access resources in learning formats that work best for you. Visit the NAO Members Only page for details. 


We strive to convene nonprofits and be a catalyst for the exchange of ideas that connect, improve, and advance the nonprofit sector. NAO convenings provide opportunities for peer networking and learning through speaker series, resource round-up events, conferences, and forums. 

Guiding More Good Conference - Saturday, March 13, 2021

NAO’s 2021 Guiding More Good Virtual Conference, Saturday morning, March 13, 2021: Carrying on the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship’s tradition, the Guiding More Good Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT. We’ll be bringing you exciting expert speakers, practical resources, and virtual networking opportunities. This event will be especially applicable for smaller nonprofits, primarily those that are all-volunteer or with 1-2 staff members. 

NAO COVID-19 Listserv

Nonprofit leaders in Oregon are invited to become members of NAO's listserv and online forum for COVID-19-related information. This listserv is intended for Executive Directors, Board Members, and nonprofit staff leading COVID-19 response for their organizations and communities. Now more than ever, we need peer-to-peer connection as we seek to meet the challenges that the COVID-19 crisis is havinng on our organizations and the communities we serve.

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