Posted: January 31, 2020

I'm predicting much energy, happiness, and good fortune for Oregon's nonprofits in 2020!

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

It’s that time of the year in the northwest when Mother Nature bestows us with her bounty of wintry weather of snow, rain, and mighty waves. 2020 has kicked off as energetically as Mother Nature has. On January 25, many in our communities celebrated the Lunar New Year and welcomed the Year of the Rat and we hope the year will bring much energy, happiness, and good fortune to all!

Here at NAO, we are looking forward to a great 2020! For those who attended NAO’s Annual Meeting yesterday – in person or virtually – we shared our 2019 Mission Impact Report and a preview of some of what we have in store for the sector in 2020. I’m proud of the work NAO staff delivered last year in service to our members and the greater Oregon nonprofit community. We enhanced our member benefits; delivered more than 100 learning and convening events; published our Equity & Inclusion Lens Guide and Charitable Giving Report; partnered with organizations around the state and nationally, such as the Building Movement Project; and were actively involved with ORS 65 changes.

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Posted: January 27, 2020

2020 Compensation & Benefits Survey

NAO invites all 501(c)(3) organizations in Oregon to participate in the 2020 Compensation & Benefits Survey scheduled for distribution Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Information about employee compensation and benefits is one of the top requests we get at NAO. In response to your needs, we are launching this survey for the first time--focused on nonprofits - by your own nonprofit state association.

We ask that one person per organization complete the survey. The survey will include questions about job positions, salaries and benefits your organization provides. Please click the link below to ensure that the survey is distributed to the appropriate contact for your organization.

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Posted: January 8, 2020

What's New: ORS Chapter 65 Changes

Changes to ORS Chapter 65 went into effect January 1, 2020. The statutory changes applies to all nonprofit corporations, including public benefit nonprofit corporations. To learn more about changes (and other legal resources for your nonprofits) impacting public benefit corporations, download NAO’s nonprofit tip sheet here.


Posted: November 26, 2019

Giving thanks and stewarding relationships go hand in hand

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

The fall rains have finally come to Oregon and hopefully, it will start building the important snow pack that our forests and rivers will need for the coming year. As many of us begin to thinking of snow sports, quiet hikes in the outdoors, or savoring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, I want to thank all of you who are doing so much that is important for communities across the state.

I am deeply humbled and pleased to announce that the 2020 NAO board has been voted into service through the action of our members in the October elections. We are delighted to have a talented group of four new board members joining the amazing team of leaders already serving Oregon's nonprofit sector. Welcome to our new NAO board members set to join the NAO board in 2020.

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Posted: November 26, 2019

ReputationUs and NAO chose recipient of the Nonprofit Reputation Program. Congratulations Camp Fire Central Oregon!

Nonprofits want to tell their stories and support their causes. To do this successfully, nonprofits must, among many other things, take care of their reputation. On November 26, ReputationUs and NAO randomly selected one deserving NAO nonprofit member out of a pool of applicants to receive six months of pro bono reputation management support for their organization in 2020 (a value of $14,000). The lucky winner was selected by Brad Ramos, NAO's communications coordinator. A special thank you to Beth Babicz for submitting Camp Fire Central Oregon's application!

Thank you to everyone who applied! Remember, ALL applicants receive an invitation to a reputation management webinar in 2020. More details to come. A big thank you to NAO Business Verified Affiliate Member ReputationUs (Casey Boggs, Michele Houk and the rest of the ReputationUs team) for their generous pro bono work with Camp Fire Central Oregon in 2020 and for making this a fun opportunity for NAO NPO members!

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Posted: October 31, 2019

NAO's Equity & Inclusion Lens Guide

NAO Equity Lens Cover

NAO is excited to share a new resource with all of you - NAO's Equity & Inclusion Lens Guide! As Oregon's nonprofit sector association, NAO works together with other charitable benefit nonprofits in service to our diverse communities. NAO is applying this lens in our work and we hope that by making this guide available to all, you can use it as an everyday resource.

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Posted: September 30, 2019

Nonprofit Independence: More Important Than Ever

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

The rain is splattering down across the state starting the greening process we all relish with the autumnal rains. It also looks like we missed a bad fire season this year (knock wood), so Happy Fall! I'm excited to have seen a great number of you in either Sunriver for the High Desert Conference or in Ontario at the Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference. There were great trainings and conversations at both events and lots of opportunities this fall to engage in more. NAO is kicking off our fall series of learning networks and workshops around the state and virtually through webinars. NAO strives to support all nonprofits (small, medium and large; rural and urban; staffed and all volunteer) with tailored learning opportunities and convenings for timely discussions all across the state.

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Posted: September 30, 2019

Best Practices - Fact or Myth? New Research Challenges Convention in Nonprofit Management

Thoughts from: Scott Schaffer, Principal, Public Interest Management Group and Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Public Interest Management Group conducted an applied research project in partnership with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, The Impact Foundry and 43 charitable nonprofits between 2015 and 2017. The research objective was to identify nonprofit management practices linked to organizational success. In this paper we present findings and discuss implications for nonprofit leaders, funders and capacity-builders. The results confirm some commonly-held assumptions about best nonprofit practices and challenge others. The findings further suggest that nonprofits and technical assistance efforts may be out of synch with a range of success factors. We summarize a prevailing approach employed by successful nonprofits in the study and identify important questions for further research.

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