Posted: October 31, 2019

NAO's Equity & Inclusion Lens Guide

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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: October 24, 2019

Are You Feeling Lucky? Win Six-Months Pro Bono Reputation Management Support

An organization's reputation is critical and must be managed effectively and proactively. For nonprofits, it's no different and may be even more important! In partnership with NAO, ReputationUs, a communications and reputation management firm and NAO Business Verified Affiliate member will provide six-months of free reputation management consulting work (a value of $14,000) to a lucky NAO nonprofit member! We welcome applications from all organizations, regardless of their type of work, so long as the organization is working towards the betterment of the community, society or planet.

One lucky winner will be selected randomly, but you MUST apply! Applications must be submitted by 6 p.m. PT Friday, November 22, 2019.

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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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Posted: August 20, 2019

Our powerful nonprofit sector!

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

The numbers are in and they are impressive! Each year the Oregon Employment Department crunches the number and produces an overview of employment by Oregon's nonprofit sector. The Oregon's Nonprofits in 2018 was just released last week. I have to admit that I geek out a bit on this data. Here are a few of the highlights from the report:

  • 196,300 employees work for the 9,800 staffed nonprofits in Oregon.
  • Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest nonprofit employers.
  • Nonprofits make up 11.9 percent of Oregon's private sector employment.
  • Oregon's nonprofits paid an average $51,844, just $194, or 0.4 percent below the private for-profit industries $52,038 in 2018.
  • Nonprofits reported $23.07 median hourly wage (1st quarter 2018).
  • About 22,500 rural Oregonians are employed by nonprofits.

It is important to note that for this study, the OED includes all types of nonprofits, not just 501(c)(3)s. Kudos to the team at the Oregon Employment Department, especially Nick Beleiciks and Dallas Fridley, for this important data report. The power of the nonprofit sector in economic scale and employment responsibilities is striking.

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