Posted: March 30, 2020

Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 30, 2020

On March 29, Oregon became the 18th U.S. state to become eligible for federal emergency aid through a major disaster declaration.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that President Donald Trump approved the disaster declaration for Oregon, freeing federal emergency aid to supplement Oregon’s fight against the coronavirus. Governor Kate Brown said it was a “first step” but that the state had other pressing needs, including more personal protective equipment for health workers.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources

The interim guidance we're providing is based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and available from government and authoritative resources. NAO will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Oregon’s nonprofits are some of the first organizations to respond in the event of a crisis and that is the case in the Coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to help keep your staffs and volunteers safe and your important work ongoing, NAO has collated and curated the following resources your nonprofit may find useful. The World Health Organization declared novel coronavirus a pandemic on March 11th.

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Posted: March 26, 2020

Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020

Like many of you, we at NAO are bracing for the predicted spike in cases due to COVID-19 in the coming week(s). We are working hard to flatten the curve and protect our staff by working from home under the statewide shelter in place order. The advocacy that we have been doing in partnership with other state associations and the National Council of Nonprofits and Independent Sector regarding the stimulus package has been partially successful. We did not get everything we all may have wanted, but we did make huge strides as compared to the economic stimulus package passed after the great recession in 2009.

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Posted: March 23, 2020

Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 23, 2020

On March 23, Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-12 directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The order is effective immediately, and remains in effect until ended by the Governor. Under Closure of Certain Businesses, #2 of the order names specific types of businesses prohibited from operating, including many operated by nonprofits such as aquariums, senior activity centers, theaters, museums, youth clubs, etc. Please check the document to ensure compliance by your nonprofits.

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Posted: March 19, 2020

Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 19, 2020

First off, thanks to all of you for the work you are doing in our communities. In times of crises Oregonians rely on Oregon’s nonprofits to support our communities for so many needs – food, shelter, health care – and so much more. Once again during this COVID-19 crisis we see nonprofits coming together, springing into action, and taking care of our communities.

However, while nonprofits are busy taking care of the communities’ needs, nonprofits are simultaneously grappling internally with the challenges of operating their own organizations and dealing with the harsh realities of a situation that is fast moving and constantly changing. Budgets are strained and we know most of our nonprofits are hurting right now – many have had to cancel programs (like us), close facilities, consider difficult choices, and pivot to figuring out the immediate future. To top this all, there are many unanswered questions and not much of a playbook for handling a crisis such as this pandemic. That’s why NAO is bringing you regular updates (like this one), resources (such as the Legal and Insurance-Related Issues for Nonprofits to Consider webinar) through subject-matter experts with a robust Q&A session; and webinars directly related to COVID-19, such as Navigating the Financial Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis Webinar (a series of three sessions). Check out NAOs’ regularly updated COVID-19 Resources on our website.

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Posted: March 17, 2020

Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020

As you likely read in our March 12 and March 13 COVID-response alerts, NAO has suspended all of our in-person programming across the state for the next four weeks. NAO staff is working virtually (and highly suggest that you do as well if you are able) and prioritizing our work to COVID-19 response.

We are curating support resources, developing and partnering on trainings and advocating with government and philanthropy. We are here to help your nonprofit respond to the challenges we are all faced with by this pandemic. NAO will be offering these programs for at least the foreseeable future.

For now, I strongly encourage you to think about measures to keep your program participants, staff and volunteers safe and insulate your programming as much as possible. Marian Salzman published an excellent article in Forbes over the weekend and I think her advice is wise and warrants your attention.

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Posted: March 13, 2020

Important NAO COVID-19 Update: March 13, 2020

General Update: On March 13 afternoon President Trump declared a national state of emergency, which results in significant moves in the fight against COVID-19 and releases up to $50 billion in federal resources. The national state of emergency removes constraints to allow for the containment and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19. The president announced an unprecedented public-private partnership with numerous pharmaceutical, testing, and technology companies proactively leaning forward into mobilizing all resources possible for the health and safety of all in our communities.

Public policy and advocacy in response to COVID-19: At the state level, on March 12 NAO reached out to Gov. Brown’s office to request that nonprofit voices are at the table not only regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 situation, but also for discussions regarding the resulting business impact on the nonprofit sector, including lost income and wages. At the federal level, the U.S. House of Representatives is working on a bill, H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, that would provide free coronavirus testing, extended unemployment insurance, and funding for nutrition programs and Medicaid. It would also create a paid emergency leave program for individuals and families affected by COVID-19.

Engaging regional funders to support Oregon’s nonprofits: NAO has reached regional funders through Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Philanthropy Northwest and alerted them to the enormous negative impact COVID-19 is already making on our sector and to ask for their support to immediately invest in the work we’re doing, be flexible in how their funds are being used, sand support operations.

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Posted: March 12, 2020

Important COVID-19 Update

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is very much top of mind right now and the situation is changing rapidly with updated information emerging frequently from the government and public health authorities. On March 12, Oregon Gov. Brown announced banning organized gatherings of 250 people, many counties and municipalities have also declared states of emergency, and health authorities are urging all Oregonians to implement social distancing(link is external) as much as possible for everyone’s health and safety, and to help slow the pace of the virus. Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted by the virus, as well as their loved ones, and we urge all nonprofits to follow public health officials and the government’s advice for your staff, all those you serve, our communities, and all Oregonians.

Given this, NAO has proactively made the decision to suspend all of our in-person programming across the state for the next four weeks, effective immediately. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change. As much as possible, we will be working to convert NAO in-person programming to virtual programming where it makes sense both for content and format. NAO staff is working on managing the programming changes, and we ask for your patience, especially those who have already registered for events. Once we have determined how our programming unfolds we will contact those who have registered to offer you options. Thank you for understanding.

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Posted: February 27, 2020

Public policy and advocacy work key to nonprofit sector success in Oregon

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

It’s that time of the year when our state legislature is in session and nonprofits are working hard to ensure that state, as well as federal and local spending policies prioritize and safeguard programs that provide critical support to Oregon’s most vulnerable populations.

Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in the development and implementation of public policy to promote an informed, healthy, and strong democratic society. We witness and respond to the impact of public policies on the people we serve, whether they are at-risk kids, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or those expressing themselves through the arts. 

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Posted: January 31, 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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