Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Mondays  -  1/25,  2/01,  2/08,  2/15,  2/22
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Planning During Change - Nonprofit Learning Cohort
Creating a Short-Term Strategic Response Plan for Volunteer and Small-staffed Nonprofits

Jess Hampton, Learning Programs Manager, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Are you a nonprofit leader looking to rebound from the organizational and economic impacts of COVID-19 on your organization? Not sure what is the best strategy or direction? Is your small organization adapting to the pandemic and now planning for 2021 and beyond?

Join a group of your peers for this five-session interactive series that will help you create a practical plan to guide your nonprofit through crisis response. The cohort leader will guide participants through the use of "Planning During Change: A Toolkit for Nonprofits," an NAO toolkit specifically designed for short-term planning as well as additional resource material and outside coaching. Participants will be asked to gather information from stakeholders, such as staff and board, and homework will be provided and encouraged to facilitate plan development as part of of the learning cohort outcomes for your nonprofit. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize a planning framework specifically designed for short-term planning that can be used in any planning phase or crisis response.
  2. Identify possible future scenarios and create an impact statement.
  3. Develop a "plan on a page" for short-term organizational response in these evolving times.



Session 1

Jan 25             

Kick-off and Introductory Session: This session will provide a framework for the toolkit we’ll be using and will be an opportunity for nonprofit peers to get to know one another, share challenges they're each facing, and provide for valuable networking. Homework: gathering information from stakeholders.

Session 2

Feb 1             

Identifying Possible Scenarios: A helpful way to prepare for the future is to identify extreme circumstances in key areas and how those extremes might impact your organization. We will explore four areas (economic, public health, workplace/facility, and travel) that are likely impacting your organization currently and begin to assess outcomes of your particular circumstances. Homework: distilling these scenarios into a brief impact statement.

Session 3

Feb 8

Identifying Your Current Response Strategy: In this session, we'll examine the needs of those you serve and your internal capacity for service. Through a facilitated matrix you'll identify where your organization is situated, in terms of needs and capacity, and specific discussion questions will help to clarify your current position in order to move forward with response planning. Homework: gathering information from staff and board to confirm understanding of where your organization is situated.

Session 4

Feb 15

Building Your Response Plan: We will synthesize information from previous sessions to build short-term strategies and actions for practical and immediate planning. This work and session will culminate in a "plan on a page" for your organization to use to continue forward momentum. Homework: build your "plan on a page."

Session 5

Feb 22

Additional Tools for Implementation of your Plan on a Page: Now that you've built a practical, short-term action plan, we'll introduce a number of tools to assist you in implementation, including budgeting and financial tools and action planning calendars for increasing accountability and managing timelines.

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning series is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) all-volunteer to small staffed nonprofits in rural communities statewide.
  • Each session will provide nonprofit leaders with vetted information, ideas, and peer support as they navigage a flood of critical decisions they must make in 2021 and beyond. 
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.


This nonprofit learning cohort is made possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation.

Please send questions and comments ahead of the session to

About the Cohort Leader

Jess Hampton, Learning Programs Manager, NAO
Jess Hampton is currently the Nonprofit Learning Programs Manager at NAO and a lifelong Oregonian. Jess has worked in the nonprofit sector in different capacities for over 20 years; as a nonprofit volunteer, cooperative finance manager, program and curriculum developer, leadership trainer and facilitator, program evaluator, board member of various nonprofits, nonprofit consultant and project manager. She earned her graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from University of Oregon and strives to provide practical resources and tools that benefit the nonprofit organizations that are so crucial to the heart of our state. In her personal time, Jess enjoys adventuring around Oregon with her family, playing board games and trying to teach their dog, Barbara Anne, new tricks!



$75 for NAO Members
$150 for Yet To Be Members

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

If you have questions or trouble registering contact



January 25th, 2021 12:00 PM   through   February 22nd, 2021 1:15 PM
Online Event
Price $ 150.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Operations & Planning
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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