NAO Update: May 13, 2021

Throughout the entire month of May we’re celebrating and recognizing the contributions, achievements, and influences that the Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander community has had, and continues to have in our nation’s history.

Why has May been designated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month? May 7, 1843 commemorates the first Japanese immigrant to ever arrive in the United States. May also marks the anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, in which the majority of the workers were Chinese immigrants. The history behind Asian and Pacific Islander communities in America stem nearly two hundred years back and for that reason there is much to celebrate and learn from the historical contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander neighbors, friends, and colleagues. We encourage you all to take time to visit The Library of Congress’s AAPI Month website to learn more about the history and contributions that Asians and the Pacific Islander communities have given and continue to give to America. 

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NAO Update: May 10, 2021

We just got further guidance around applying for the Congressional Directed Spending from our Senators that we wanted to share with you. 

As we shared last week, Senator’s Wyden and Merkley are now using an online form to collect Congressional Directed Spending requests. They’ve now provided additional information on requirements for funding from each subcommittee – you can find that document here. Please read through the requirements closely – there is a lot of information and the competition for these resources will be significant. The guidelines will be tremendously helpful for determining if you should submit and for completing an application. Once you read through the updated information, please create an account and use this form to submit your request. 

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NAO Update: May 7, 2021

Happy Friday! We’re still waiting for more details about how to apply for the Congressionally Directed Spending through Senator’s Wyden and Merkley. We will be sending another update with that information when we receive it early next week.

In the meantime, you can get started on the process by creating an account to submit your request here and if you’re looking for all the available information that we have so far, you can find that here.

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NAO Update: May 5, 2021

We hope your week is going well and you’re getting a chance to get outside to enjoy the sunshine! We wanted to send out a quick update to the Congressional Directed Spending news that we announced last week.

Senator’s Wyden and Merkley are now using an online form to collect Congressional Directed Spending requests. If your organization is requesting funding, please create an account and use this form to submit your request. If you’ve already emailed your field representative, please fill out this form as well. Additionally, the deadline to submit these requests has been extended to next Friday, May 14 by 6:00 PM PST.

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NAO Update: April 29, 2021

We have some exciting and breaking news! Earlier this week, the Senate Appropriations committee announced that they’ll accept Congressionally Directed Spending (sometimes known as earmarks) on a bipartisan basis for spending bills for the next fiscal year. This is big news as it’s the first time this has happened in a decade. This decision has the potential to be incredibly beneficial to Oregon nonprofit organizations.

As of today, Senate Appropriations Subcommittees have yet to release more specific guidance on what kind of information they will require for Congressionally Directed Spending requests from nonprofit organizations. We understand that both of our Senator’s will have the opportunity to direct spending, however, as Oregon’s only delegation member who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Jeff Merkley has begun leading efforts to ensure that Oregon’s organizations who would like to pursue Congressionally Directed Spending via the Senate appropriations process can do so.

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NAO Update: April 22, 2021

Happy Earth Day! We are so lucky to have so many different nonprofits that care about and help steward the incredible natural resources of Oregon. All across the state, from our coastal beaches through the forested mountains and lakes to the sage-covered high desert, nonprofits are protecting and restoring our natural environment, protecting flora and fauna, and keeping Oregon a beautiful place to live. I want to thank all of them for the important work they do, many of them working completely with volunteer power!

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Following the Verdict, NAO’s Commitment to Racial Justice Continues

Like many of you, the staff at NAO has been following the George Floyd trial as well as the continued horror of the murders of Black men, women, and children at the hands of police who are sworn to protect, not traumatize our communities. We are asking ourselves (particularly those of us who are white and/or non-Black), our members, our partner organizations, donors, and funders to find ways to show up and actively engage in solidarity with, and in support of, Black community members and Black-led organizations.

We can now collectively exhale that accountability – at least in this one case, for the memory of one Black man, father, brother, son, and friend – has prevailed. We can appreciate the magnitude of this moment and work towards a day when accountability is no longer an anomaly for people of color.

Beyond a single court decision, let us also take time to reflect upon how entrenched practices, cultural norms, and power structures can perpetuate inequities in all of our systems. Racism is a legacy in our state’s painful history and racism still exists in Oregon today. We can and must commit to doing better.

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