NAO Update: March 16, 2023

We talk a lot in this newsletter and at events throughout the state about issues effecting the nonprofit sector as well as what’s happening in nonprofit workplaces across the state. We’ve talked about the importance of building community. We’ve talked about the importance of legislation and its impacts on organizations. We’ve talked about the ways we can show up to work and manage the new-normal as we continue to live through a pandemic and economic uncertainty. These are not new topics and these conversations are continuing and deepening this year. It’s hard to believe that we are already almost at the end of the first quarter of 2023 – I wanted to highlight a few of the themes that NAO is focused on for the remainder of the year (and likely beyond!) as we continue to work to create a better, more sustainable nonprofit sector that in turns creates a better, more sustainable world for our employees, families, and communities. 

Systems Change: Do I wish that the government provided a larger safety net for our communities so there isn’t so much pressure on nonprofits to do the work of the public sector? Absolutely. However, until we can make these structural changes permanent, we need to take steps to make doing our work easier, more efficient and more effective...

Building Community: Showing up for each other and building community within the sector is so important. In the coming months, we have in person conferences, workshops, and cohorts – we hope that you join us for these in-person training events to learn and get to know some of your colleagues at nonprofits across Oregon...

Wellness: It’s not a secret that nonprofit employees experience high levels of burn-out and there is a lot of staff turnover throughout the sector...

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NAO Update: March 2, 2023

We are working hard on getting Senate Bill 606 passed in this legislative session, and we need your help! We just found out that the Oregon Senate Human Services will hold a hearing for SB 606 on Monday, March 6, at 3 p.m. Letters of support from you are needed for a successful hearing. We need to gather as many letters as we can by noon on March 6th.

These letters will let legislators know that the nonprofit sector is behind this effort to improve contracting and workforce retention. This bill is a long time coming to help solve some of the long-running problems that nonprofits face when partnering with state agencies to deliver services to their communities. 


  1. Go to this link to endorse the NPMA Community letter.
  2. Go to this link for a template letter of support for you to use. Follow the instructions carefully.
  3. Click this link to submit your letter of support through the legislative web portal for written testimony

The deadline to submit your letter of support is 12 p.m., Monday, March 6th. For more information on SB 606, the Oregon Nonprofit Modernization Act, go to our website by clicking this link. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I appreciate your time and support in submitting a letter – passing SB 606 will make a significant impact on the sector as a whole, and we truly need all of your help to make it happen.

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