NAO Update: May 12, 2022

Each year the month of May highlights the opportunity to celebrate the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community. The history behind AANHPI communities in America stem nearly two hundred years back and for that reason there is much to celebrate – the voices, traditions, and contributions of our AANHPI neighbors, friends, and colleagues are what makes our nation that much richer!

AANHPI Heritage Month is not only a time for celebration, but a time to bring awareness to the dangers, challenges, and hate incidents against Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, particularly over the last few years. We, as a state and a nation, need to do better; we need to continue to teach, to learn and unlearn, and rebuild our communities with love, empathy, and inclusivity. 

May also highlights the opportunity to promote mental health awareness month. Over the past two years, we lived through a global pandemic, which for many has brought a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern. As nonprofits, we recognize the importance of supporting the social, emotional, and mental well-being of our youth, staff, families, and communities. As we continue on the path of reopening and enter the summer season with friends and family, we hope you find time and space to take care of your mental health and support others around you to do the same. To be resilient and care for our communities, we must empower our own mental health.

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NAO Update: May 3, 2022

You may have seen in a special promotion last week that our in-person sessions for learning and networking are back! Virtual sessions have been and always will be a part of the NAO offerings to connect, improve and advance your nonprofit. After two plus years of offering only virtual learning programs, the team at NAO is excited to welcome you back to a series of in-person sessions starting this month. It has been far too long for us to meet together and support each other through that special connection that can really only be achieved in-person. We are excited to be back in our regional hubs with you in Bend, Eugene/Springfield and Medford as well as sessions in the Portland Metro area. Our team is also planning specific rural area resource round-ups and learning events to come soon. 

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Celebrating 45 Years

April 15, 2022 marks NAO’s 45th Anniversary!

In 1977, Kay Sohl and Jean DeMaster came up with a plan to serve nonprofits in Oregon and Technical Assistance for Community Services (TACS) was born. At this time, there were 639 registered public benefit nonprofits in Oregon. By 1997, TACS had launched the Nonprofit Fiscal Managers Association, the Executive Directors Network (that’s today’s Nonprofit Leaders Network), the Diversity Leaders Network (today’s Equity and Inclusion Network), Helpline, and more. By 2007, TACS had training networks in Bend, Astoria, Salem, Enterprise, and Medford. During this time, with a nonprofit steering committee, TACS had created the Nonprofit Association of Oregon as a membership program under the TACS umbrella. In 2010, NAO was formally accepted by the National Council of Nonprofits, and became Oregon’s nonprofit state membership association. While NAO has shifted and evolved with the growth of the nonprofit sector (there are over 23,000 charitable nonprofits registered in Oregon today!), we have held onto some of the beloved programming that was created more than 35 years ago. When Kay and Jean founded TACS back in 1977, Oregon was seeing a growing need for social services, grassroots organizations were popping up everywhere, and civic and community engagement was burgeoning – 45 years later. There continues to be a great need for social services, grassroots organizations are being started by members of our community, and people are looking for ways to be more engaged. NAO aims to help nonprofit leaders and volunteers build their capacity to meet the needs of their communities across the state – we've been doing this work for 45 years and we know NAO will be doing this work for decades to come. 

Thank you for supporting us along the way – whether you’ve been with us since 1977 or if you just became an NAO member recently – we appreciate you and we couldn’t do our work without you.