Posted: April 30, 2019

Connecting, improving and advancing Oregon nonprofits!

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

April has been a busy month - besides April showers that hopefully will bring plenty of May flowers - the nonprofit sector in Oregon has been practically humming with activity.

Earlier this month, more than 380 participants convened in Ashland for the annual Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference. Launched in 1988, ONLC is a gathering of nonprofit leaders for professional and volunteer development, networking, and the opportunity for nonprofits and funders to connect. It was a great conference - inspiring and relevant - and NAO was honored to host the networking reception and facilitate connections - both for newcomers and regulars! Hats off to the all-volunteer conference steering committee who did a fantastic job! We are proud that Brad Russell, NAO's board president and executive director of the Rogue Valley YMCA, is on the steering committee.

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Posted: April 30, 2019

New Release! 2018 Year-End Charitable Giving in Oregon

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Nonprofit Association of Oregon is pleased to share the 2018 Year-End Charitable Giving in Oregon report. The findings are very interesting, surprising in some cases, and give us much food for thought for future planning.

In partnership with the Association of Fundraising of Oregon and SW Washington, NAO conducted a survey to hear directly from nonprofit executive directors and development officers on the results of their fundraising efforts in 2018.

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Posted: April 30, 2019

Enhancing Nonprofit Reputation: Four Keys to improve bonds between nonprofits and corporations

Successful nonprofits certainly recognize that partnerships are important. But recently, the importance of corporations working with nonprofits has been proven to successfully enhance a company's reputation. Nonprofits that work to leverage this information can help support their own organization-and strengthen the reputation of their corporate partners, thus creating a win-win partnership. Nonprofits seeking to proactively partner with a business to elevate both organizations' standing in the community can follow these four keys to success: Identify Like-Minded Corporations; Ignite a Conversations; Have Your Numbers In Oregon and Sleek Alignment.

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Posted: April 4, 2019

Principles & Techniques of Fundraising Course

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is offering an in-depth fundraising course for nonprofit leaders on August 19 to 22 in Tigard, Oregon. This three-day Principles & Techniques of Fundraising Course will help maximize your fundraising success. Strengthen your fundraising abilities by learning proven fund development tools, and draft a specific fundraising plan to grow your organization.

NAO members receive a 10% discount off the tuition cost. Discount code available behind NAO's members-only area of our website.

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Posted: March 29, 2019

Forests, rivers and itemizations

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

I hope that whoever your organization serves or whatever types of issues you help elevate, protect or advance, you take a few moment to thank our colleagues in environmental and natural protection nonprofits that expand and safeguard our beautiful beaches, forests, ocean, parks, public lands, rivers, and trails. Maybe you could volunteer for a river clean-up or trail restoration project. Whatever your interest, be sure to take some time to enjoy the amazing beauty of Oregon this spring!

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Posted: March 29, 2019

(NEW!) Directors & Officers Insurance for Your Nonprofit

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We're very excited to introduce an enhanced NAO Directors & Officers Insurance Program offered through our partner, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors. As part of NAO membership, nonprofits can access this excellent program designed to help organizations save money on annual premiums, increase their level of protection, and effectively manage risk!

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Posted: March 1, 2019

Fresh powder, taxes and surprises left behind...

Letter from: Jim White, NAO Executive Director

I hope that you are all enjoying the winter wonderland that Oregon has become! As most of our state has been blanketed in snow and deep-freeze temperatures, the legislative session in both Salem and Washington D.C. have been heating up, especially where nonprofits are concerned. In some cases, the initiatives are like fresh powder on a beautiful morning waiting for those first tracks. In other cases, they are the "surprises" left behind at the end of winter, when the snow melts and you realize someone decided not to clean up after their pooch!

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Posted: March 1, 2019

The overwhelmed nonprofits guide to data privacy

Thoughts from: Brian T. Sniffen, Partner - Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Nonprofits are generally subject to data-privacy laws. And compliance with those laws is key to avoiding data breaches, lawsuits, and fines. It's also important to establishing and maintaining the trust of donors, employees, and other constituents. But determining what laws apply, and figuring out how to comply, is daunting. For example, Oregon nonprofits are likely subject to the Oregon Consumer Identity Theft Protection Act because they likely receive the personal data of Oregon residents-such as donors and employees.

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Posted: February 27, 2019

Don't Put Your Dreams on Hold - Enroll Today!

For some of us, continuing education is always at the back of our minds. Many of us know that the reality of a full-time job, tuition costs and time commitment could be barriers. What if we said you could earn a certificate in as little as two week from the comfort of your own home at your own time? NAO is once again partnering with eCornell, Cornell University's online learning platform, to offer two great online programs:

Financial Success for Nonprofits Certificate

Conflict Resolution for Leaders Certificate

Oregonians across the state have the opportunity to access these high-quality, flexible and affordable online programs that can be completed based on your schedule - from anywhere and at your own pace. Each program consists of four learn-at-your-own-pace courses. NAO is excited to bring these two programs to you in collaboration with eCornell.

Posted: November 11, 2018

2018 Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Report Released!


To assess the region's level of disaster resilience, Portland State University in collaboration with the City Club of Portland's Earthquake Report Advocacy Committee, and Nonprofit Association of Oregon, developed and distributed a disaster preparedness survey to Oregon nonprofit organizations in spring 2018. The objective of the survey was to understand the concerns, resources, and actions that nonprofits organizations have taken to prepare for disasters. Given the critical role nonprofits play in supporting our communities today, undoubtedly, this role will be even more critical following a disaster.

Portland State University, in collaboration with NAO released the 2018 Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Report. The report summarizes results from the survey. Based on the responses of nearly 200 nonprofits, the results are quite revealing regarding how concerned and informed nonprofits are about potential hazards, what actions they have taken to prepare for disasters, as well as their perceived roles should a major disaster like the Cascadia Subduction Zone event occur.

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