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The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) is a nonprofit support organization and membership association. Our mission is to strengthen the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of Oregon nonprofits.
NAO began as a program of the Portland based nonprofit, Technical Assistance for Community Services (TACS), founded in 1977. In 2009, the NAO program was already over 500 members strong and began tackling advocacy issues to advance the sector and get the stories of the good works of nonprofits in front of policy makers, the media, and other opinion leaders. There was growing interest by funders and partners to see a more robust and more active statewide association serving nonprofits and representing its interests in the public policy arena. The Nonprofit Association of Oregon became the official identity and business model for the organization in 2010 after an extensive strategic planning process.
NAO’s mission, vision, strategies, and results are grounded in a set of beliefs about the value of nonprofit organizations and the sector, the importance of leadership development and capacity building, and the essential role of advocacy in achieving the collective aspirations of Oregon nonprofits in serving the public good.
NAO has developed successful initiatives to increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations and engage Oregonians in supporting them, including the Nonprofit Helpline and Resources, Professional Development Training, Networking & Convening, Consulting Services, Executive Transition Services, Advocacy, Specialized Programs for Equity and Inclusion and Rural Communities, and Membership Benefits.
Today we are over 600 members strong and serve nonprofits of diverse sizes and mission focuses across the state. We represent all 22,000 Oregon by raising awareness about their vital role, establishing policy platforms, acting as a convener, and ensuring that our sector’s issues are considered in public policymaking. Building on its rich history of capacity building over more than three decades, NAO ensures a future in which Oregon nonprofits are visible and valued as essential contributors to our society.
We are grateful to the friends and supporters who helped build and shape NAO, including TACS co-founders Kay Sohl and Jean DeMaster; Board members who have given their time, expertise, and financial support; and the many consultants and trainers who continue to share their expertise with our members and clients. We are especially grateful to members of the funding community who provide core operating support of our work, including: The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and The Oregon Community Foundation.
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