Posted: January 14, 2019

Online Learning Opportunities

With the New Year in full swing, some of us (if not all) may be thinking of ways to grow professionally in our careers. Check out NAO’s upcoming webinars offerings that are affordable (one of them is free!), convenient, and effective learning options. Sign up now!

January 31, 2019
The Grantsmanship Game 2019: Playing to Win (FREE)

February 5, 2019
My Board is Driving Me Crazy

February 25 - April 15, 2019
Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint Course (8-Part Series)

February 27, 2019
How to Find Great Employees in a Tight Labor Market

Posted: November 30, 2018

November Newsletter


Newsletter highlights:

  • Letter from NAO's Executive Director, Jim White: Listening to what's on your mind and sharing what's on ours
  • NAO announces and welcomes four incoming board members for 2019
  • Resource articles from DonorSearch: Donor Data Management: 5 Tips for Using Technology Effectively and Bloomerang: Nonprofit Donor Thank You's: What Are You Doing to Stand Out?
  • NAO member spotlights: Healthy Democracy and Cascades Raptor Center
  • Receive a eCornell certificate in Financial Management for Nonprofits or Conflict Resolution for Leaders - Register Now!
  • Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Report
  • NAO human resources & payroll services member benefit spotlight: GNSA
  • Lilly Family School of Philanthropy comes to Portland for three-day Developing Major Gifts Course in January 2019 - Registration now open! 
  • Upcoming nonprofit convenings and professional development opportunities across the state and online

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Posted: November 11, 2018

2018 Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Report Released!


To assess the region's level of disaster resilience, Portland State University in collaboration with the City Club of Portland's Earthquake Report Advocacy Committee, and Nonprofit Association of Oregon, developed and distributed a disaster preparedness survey to Oregon nonprofit organizations in spring 2018. The objective of the survey was to understand the concerns, resources, and actions that nonprofits organizations have taken to prepare for disasters. Given the critical role nonprofits play in supporting our communities today, undoubtedly, this role will be even more critical following a disaster.

Portland State University, in collaboration with NAO released the 2018 Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Report. The report summarizes results from the survey. Based on the responses of nearly 200 nonprofits, the results are quite revealing regarding how concerned and informed nonprofits are about potential hazards, what actions they have taken to prepare for disasters, as well as their perceived roles should a major disaster like the Cascadia Subduction Zone event occur.

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Posted: October 31, 2018

October Newsletter

Newsletter highlights:

  • Letter from NAO's Executive Director, Jim White: Come together for a successful harvest season for Oregon's nonprofits!
  • Join the Care Like An Oregonian Movement: Social Media Toolkit
  • NAO member spotlights: Free Geek and Oregon Cultural Trust
  • NAO member benefit spotlight: Up to 50% off NAO learning and professional development sessions
  • Resource articles from Corragio Group: All In: Why the best leaders involve key stakeholders in strategy development and Rhodes Perry Consulting: Dismantling Workplace Barriers
  • Upcoming nonprofit convenings and professional development opportunities across the state and online

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Posted: October 5, 2018

Care Like an Oregonian. Give to Local Nonprofits!

Nearly 20,000 charitable nonprofits across Oregon positively impact our communities every day. Oregon's nonprofits are one of the ways Oregonians show love for our communities and our state.

Although charitable giving occurs throughout the year, the fourth quarter of each year is a critical fundraising time for nonprofits. As a result of the changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we want to ensure Oregon nonprofits are at the forefront of people's minds during this giving season.

While it is true that a charitable tax deduction is an incentive, it's not the only reason Oregonians give. Oregonians CARE and Oregonians LOVE their nonprofits, that's why Oregonians GIVE to their local nonprofits! To showcase the fantastic work of Oregon's nonprofits and to encourage Oregonians to give generously to support them, NAO created this short video - Care Like An Oregonian.

Whether you're a nonprofit seeking donations, a business kicking off an employee-giving campaign, or a volunteer that loves your nonprofit - please get the word out. We want to engage, excite and remind Oregonians why it's so important to give and support local nonprofits - whether it's in La Grande, Prineville, Eugene, Coos Bay, Klamath Falls or in the Portland metro area. Help us create a groundswell of support for our nonprofits by creating an online buzz and mobilize Oregonians to give to local nonprofits. Let's remind our supporters how to Care Like An Oregonian!

Oregon Nonprofits: This video was created especially for you. Feel free to use this video for your fundraising campaigns and efforts.

Where to use this video:
Share this video on social media, events, groups, community gatherings, and with your family/friends and using #CareLikeAnOregonian. View social media toolkit

How to embed video for website/emails:

  1. Open video on
  2. Click share, then choose "Embed"
  3. Copy HTML provided
  4. Paste into source of website/e-mail.

Many thanks to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Ford Family Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation for their generous support!

Posted: September 27, 2018

September Newsletter

Newsletter highlights:

  • Letter from NAO's Executive Director, Jim White: A Thriving Economy - an Opportunity and a Challenge for Nonprofits
  • NAO members-only webinar recording: Year-end Charitable Giving and the Impacts of Tax Reform
  • NAO member spotlights: Cottage Theatre and Brookings Harbor Food Bank
  • NAO member benefit spotlight: Unemployment Services Trust
  • Resource articles from Human Investing: Is Your Mission in Jeopardy? and Nonstop Administration & Insurance Services, Inc.: Partial Self-insurance 101
  • Free volunteer recruitment posts on Mac's List
  • Public policy updates on SALT and Johnson Amendment
  • Upcoming nonprofit convenings and professional development opportunities across the state and online

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Posted: September 7, 2018

An Important Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Step for NAO

On behalf of NAO’s Board and Staff, I am excited and proud to share NAO’s Equity Statement.

Our statement is a milestone of challenging and rewarding work that both NAO Staff and Board have undertaken over the last year and a half. The commitment reflected in the statement is born out of difficult conversations, sitting in discomfort, learning, course-correcting, and most importantly, a collective agreement to continue moving forward for a just and equitable Oregon.

As many of you know, NAO has been fortunate to have great staff over the years leading equity and inclusion work in the field. The recognition of our responsibility to stay relevant and to model that work from the inside out lead us to a phase of deep internal diversity, equity and inclusion work, which began in December 2016. We have been and will continue to be on a journey – a journey of reflection, action and continuous improvement.

We know we will make mistakes – we will listen – we will learn – we will make adjustments. We are committed to embracing these challenges with humility and accountability. As we further our work and refine an equity lens, it will guide our decision-making and policies to sustain the work we do on behalf of the nonprofit sector across the state. We look forward to traveling together on this path, hearing from our members and engaging in ongoing dialogue and action.

In the five years I’ve been on NAO’s Board, I can say that guiding this momentous milestone and collaborating with NAO Board Members and Staff has been truly an honor and an unforgettable, deeply personal and satisfying experience.

In closing, to our membership and to the rest of our diverse sector and supporters, I want to restate: We see you. We are listening. We exist to support you. We are not done and we are accountable to you.

With deepest appreciation and gratitude,
Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, NAO Board President

Posted: July 25, 2018

The Challenge of Restoring Trust in Civil Society (Recording Available)


The Nonprofit Association of Oregon had the pleasure of hosting an online conversation - The Challenge of Restoring Trust in Civil Society: The Rural Context with Dan Cardinali, President and CEO of Independent Sector - a nationwide membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good. During this conversation Dan shared his perspective on what Independent Sector is doing to help create dialogue and discourse towards restoring trust in civil society. If you missed the webinar, a recording can be downloaded here.