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Our ongoing Nonprofit Town Halls offer a special opportunity for nonprofit leaders to join a statewide conversation about our unique strengths and challenges as a sector. Designed as listening sessions and information-sharing events, each Town Hall includes a conversation about the challenges nonprofits face in different Oregon communities and capacity building needs they have, seeks input from nonprofit leaders about the direction of NAO programs and services, and identifies priorities for public policy work. As with any NAO event, there is also time for networking and collegiality.
We began holding Town Halls in 2010 with our first session in Eugene. In 2011, we held Town Halls in Bend, Medford, Pendleton, and Portland, with close to 400 nonprofit professionals participating. In 2012, we included a funders panel and extended an invitation to elected officials to join us at the Town Halls in Albany, Baker City, Coos Bay, and Prineville.
The 2013 Town Halls in Baker City, Klamath Falls, Newport, and Roseburg focused on what nonprofits can and should do to raise community awareness and listening to nonprofit leaders about the challenges facing their communities. We shared our work on some of the public policy issues that impact Oregon nonprofits and discussed the importance of making time for advocacy work in nonprofit organizations, including criteria on how to select policy topics and to effectively engage nonprofit Board members in policy discussions. We had a great turnout and really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with so many nonprofit leaders, staff members, Board members, volunteers, and community stakeholders around our state.
There is no cost to attend the Town Hall meetings.
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