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Making Communities Great: The Role of Nonprofits

September 28, 2016 | 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Eagle Crest Resort, Conference Center | 1585 Mountain Quail Dr. | Redmond, OR 97756
$85 NAO Members, $170 Nonmembers

Scholarships available to charitable benefit nonprofit organizations (501c3 status) in Central Oregon. Learn more
NAO Members can RSVP for only the Annual Meeting by clicking "Register Now" & completing registration on the next page.

The High Desert Nonprofit Conference will bring together 80 to 150 nonprofit leaders for a full-day event to learn from expert speakers, network across organizations and sectors, and connect with peers. This year the conference will kick off with NAO's Annual Meeting, where we will celebrate our accomplishments from the past year, discuss our vision for the future, and engage in thought provoking discussions with leaders in the sector.

Nonprofits are relied upon to be our social responders to crises as they arise in Oregon. From emergency housing and food, to helping families navigate challenges around mental health issues, nonprofits are adept at responding to the very real needs of others. But what is the role of a nonprofit in helping make a community great? What are the key indicators to watch as you carry out your mission? Who can you partner with to make an even greater impact as a nonprofit? What social problem are you trying to solve and who else is working on that issue too? This conference will bring together leaders from the nonprofit community to discuss ways in which our sector can build strategic partnerships among ourselves to develop a larger impact and to help make Oregonians everywhere thrive.

Also, join us for a lunch plenary featuring the leadership of Oregon's leading foundations, including:

  • Anne C. Kubisch, President, The Ford Family Foundation
  • Doug Stamm, CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Max Williams, President & CEO, The Oregon Community Foundation



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7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. NAO Annual Meeting Registration
Continental Breakfast & Networking
Exhibitor Tables: NAO Information & Resources, TBA
8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. NAO Annual Meeting
Keynote Title: Building a Connection to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Keynote Presenter: Hanif Fazal, Executive Director, Center for Equity & Inclusion
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. High Desert Conference Registration & Networking
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(3 Tracks)

Strategic Fundraising
Presenter: Stan Foster, President, PARC Resources

Board Recruitment & Orientation: Tips, Tools & the Latest Thought on Building the Board You Need
Presenters: Adrienne Graham, Regional Director of Central Oregon, Nonprofit Association of Oregon & Sara Curiel Paez, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Operational Infrastructure for a High-Performance Nonprofit
Presenter: Scott Schaffer, Founder, Public Interest Management Group

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch & Networking
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
(Lunch Plenary)
Three Foundations Making Change in Oregon
  • Anne C. Kubisch, President, The Ford Family Foundation
  • Doug Stamm, CEO, Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Max Williams, President & CEO, The Oregon Community Foundation
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(3 Tracks)

Grant Writing Basics
Presenter: Laura Prado, Senior Fundraising Specialist, PARC Resources

From Definition to Integration: Understanding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Presenter: Hanif Fazal, Executive Director, Center for Equity & Inclusion

How to Make Complex Collaboration Work
Presenters: Matthew Spence, Converge for Impact, President, Spence & Company. Nick Viele, Converge for Impact, Advisor, Facilitator, & Partner, c3strategy

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks & Networking

Venue & Accommodations

Conference attendees receive the following special rates at the Eagle Crest Resort:

  • $99 Double Queen Room
  • $119 One Bedroom Suite


To receive this rate call 877-790-6271 and reference Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

Are You a Rural Nonprofit?

Thanks to our partnership with the Ford Institute for Community Building, eligible rural-based organizations can register for this event at the NAO Member rate and receive a FREE 1-year membership to the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO). To take advantage of this offer:

  1. Download this Rural Membership Application Form
  2. Submit the completed form to
  3. Upon receipt we will provide you with a special discount code to allow you to register for this workshop at the member rate! We will also process your membership to allow you to begin taking advantage of member benefits.


If you have questions, please contact our Training Coordinator, Ali, at 503-239-4001 ext. 123.

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September 28th, 2016 7:30 AM through  9:30 AM
Event Fee(s)
NAO's Annual Meeting, 7:30 - 10:00 a.m.
In Redmond (Eagle Crest Resort)
YouTube Live Streamed (the recording will be available to registrants)
Registration Fee $ 170.00
Event Particulars
City Redmond
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy, Board Development and Governance, Business Development, Communications & Marketing, Development & Fundraising, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Financial Management, Human Resources, Leadership Development, Networking, Operations & Planning, Program & Impact Evaluation, Volunteer Management
Presenter Anne C. Kubisch, Doug Stamm, Jim White, Max Williams
Event Region Central Oregon
Programmatic Approach