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. 

Learning & Convening

Our learning and convening programs are intentionally designed to develop and strengthen capacity for nonprofit staff and volunteers. We offer practical, affordable programming in a variety of formats, in-person and virtual, through learning cohorts, conferences, networks, webinars and workshops, as well as on-demand online tools and resources.


We partner with local and national organizations to host nonprofit conferences in various regions of Oregon. Conferences such as the Guiding More Good Conference, Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, High Desert Conference, Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference and Sage Summit provide a space where ideas and views on particular nonprofit issues can be exchanged and shared amongst other organizations. Check back for more details and updates.

Learning Cohorts

A collaborative approach to capacity building where 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.

NAO Networks 

Networks bring nonprofit leaders together to share best practices, tangible tools, to connect among peers and to engage in learning with thought leaders. Each network offers a series of seven presentations or panel discussion and an opportunity for informal networking before or after each session. Network sessions typically take place between September and June and are offered in Bend, Eugene, Medford, Corvallis and Portland. More details here.

Webinars & Workshops

Webinars and workshops bring 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. More details here.

Learning and Convening for Rural Communities 

A curated list of programs available to nonprofits in rural parts of Oregon; including NAO’s Resources Round-ups, Rural Learning Cohorts, Conferences, and a variety of online or on-demand learning and conferences. 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. This virutal nonprofit resource library includes tools and resources from around the web that Oregon nonprofits can use to guide their work as well as NAO-created resources. View the full NAO Resource Library or NAO Resource Index

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