Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference

The Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference, Change, Connect, Commit, Community, was held June 5-6, 2014 in Ontario.

Change, Connect, Commit, Community

The 2014 Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference, Change, Connect, Commit, Community, was held on Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario, Oregon.


Registration Rates
  • Thursday Reception & Friday Conference:  $125
  • Friday Conference Only:  $75
  • Thursday Reception Only:  $50
  • Morning Pre-Conference Session:  $35
  • Afternoon Pre-Conference Session:  $35

Thursday, June 5

9 a.m.-12 noon – Morning Pre-Session

  • Positive Community Norms, Nigel Wrangham; Nigel Wrangham Strategies. The Science of the Positive. What does it all mean?! It is the way in which positive factors impact our culture and our experience, based on the central assumption that the positive is real and is worth growing, in ourselves, our families, our workplaces, and our communities. We are often distracted from the work of nurturing the positive by the difficulties we face and the problems we need to solve. By reversing this problem-centered frame, and focusing on reinforcing the healthy, positive, protective factors that already exist in each community, we learn to look at the world through a positive, hopeful lens which has a profound impact on the questions we ask, the data we collect, and the strategies we use to address challenges. All organizations have great stories to tell. From the language we use to motivate others, to the ways we tell our nonprofit narratives, the importance of messaging in nonprofit work is profound. Utilize Positive Community Norms to tell your nonprofit narrative for maximum impact.

1-5 p.m. – Afternoon Pre-Session

  • Deep Data Dive into the US Census Bureau and the Rural Communities Explorer: Get the Tools, Learn the Tricks, and Take the Plunge! Linda Clark, US Census Bureau; Vince Adams, Oregon State University Extension Service; Lena Etuk, Oregon State University Extension Service. *Bring your laptop!

6-8:30 p.m.

  • Reception

Friday, June 6

8-9 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet Highlighting Local Cuisine
*Breakfast is included in the cost of the conference.

9-9:45 a.m. – Opening Keynote

  • Community, Collaboration and Change: Honoring the Past and Preparing for the Future, Max Williams, President and CEO, Oregon Community Foundation

10-11:15 a.m.

  • Funders Panel: Overcoming Barriers to Rural Funding
    Moderator: Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
  • Leading Change: Managing Transitions and Gaining Resilience, Kimberli Cumming, Director of Executive Transition Services, Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Whether planned or unplanned, the one thing leaders can count on for certain is change. As the pace of change continues to intensify, organizations face pressures to adapt quickly in order to remain credible, relevant, and viable. This session will help participants to approach (inevitable) change with a lens of resilience and opportunity by providing practical tips for engaging staff, board members, and other key stakeholders as partners and co-creators on the path forward.
  • Online Engagement: Building Efficiency and Impact with Online Communities, Ash Shepherd, Minds on Design Lab. What does fostering online engagement really mean? Which social channels should you be on and how does your website and email fit in? Oh yeah, and what about your mission? This session will focus on tips, tricks, and frameworks to help you develop more meaningful online engagement strategies.
  • Capital Campaigns: Assessing What Your Community Wants, Needs, and Is Willing to Support, Stan Foster, PARC Resources; Cathy Yasuda, Treasure Valley Community College Foundation. There is no question that your community needs a new library, arts center, sports complex, museum renovation…. But before you start writing grants, contacting donors, and talking to architects, have you answered some critical, fundamental questions? This session will help you define the basic steps leading to a successful capital campaign.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch Plenary

  • Oregon Values and Beliefs Study: How Do Eastern Oregon Values and Beliefs Differ From the Rest of the State? Speaker: Adam Davis, Co-Founder DHM Research

12:45-2 p.m.

  • Demystifying Grant Writing, Stan Foster, PARC Resources. This session is designed for beginning grant writers who want to learn more about the grant writing process. You will learn the attributes of a successful grant writer, and how to research, prepare, write, and submit fundable grant proposals. You could become that person empowered to make positive changes in your community, and within yourself!
  • Building Sustainable Budgets for Program and Grant Work, Meredith Howell, Rural Development Initiatives. Budgets are tools that share the resource stories of program work. Budgets are also a critically important element of strong grant proposals. Sustainable budgets consider the long-term future of a program while describing the shorter-term funding plan and capacity of an organization to do that work. This session is for intermediate grant writers to learn strategies to build thoughtful and accurate sustainable budgets for your important work.
  • Preparing Your Case for a Meyer Trust Grant, Jill Fuglister and Kim Thomas, Meyer Memorial Trust. (NOTE: Maximum of 25 participants; pre-registration is required for this session.) Join program officers from the Meyer Trust in a hands-on workshop where you will learn what to consider and focus on when preparing a grant application for the Meyer Trust’s Grassroots Grants or Responsive Grants Program. (To learn more about each of these programs in advance visit mmt.org.) During the session you will learn how to know if your organization is “grant-ready,” what Meyer staff and trustees look for in organizations and projects when reviewing different types of grant applications, and how to work with the Trust throughout the process of seeking funds and after a grant is awarded. Bring your proposal idea and come with your questions.Pre-registration required for maximum of 25 participants.
  • Building Effective Teams: Communication and Managing Conflict, Amy Carlson, Director of Rural Programs, Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Communication is the bedrock of working with others to get things done. When communication breaks down and conflict arises, both relationships and results suffer. How we approach differences and respond to miscommunication have significant implications for our success. This interactive session will focus on empowering communication: helping participants to understand communication and conflict styles and to build behaviors and skills for bridging differences in order to achieve greater results.
  • Protecting Your Organization by Writing Relevant Financial Policies, Katherine DeYoung, CPA, Center for Nonprofit Stewardship. Formal written policies on financial management are key to the effective governing of your organization, its leaders, staff, and volunteers. This workshop identifies the ten key policies to have in place and includes templates for an Internal Control Policy, a Travel and Other Expense Reimbursement Policy (required by the IRS), and a Debit and Credit Card Use Policy.
  • The Economic Impact of Nonprofits on Rural Communities, Panel: Sally Bartlett, Grant County Economic Development; Christine Nelson, Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation; Lisa Dawson, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District; Logan Hamilton, Snake River Economic Development Alliance; Melisa Drugge, Business Oregon. Nonprofits not only make our communities more vibrant places to live, they also contribute to Oregon’s economic vitality by providing basic services, arts, and culture programs, healthcare, education, and environmental stewardship. Panelists will discuss specific cases of the economic impact of nonprofit organizations in Eastern Oregon.

2:15-3:30 p.m.

  • New Funding Initiatives and Opportunities at OCF, Cheryl Puddy, Fran Willis, Megan Schumaker, Roberto Franco. The Oregon Community Foundation grants are as varied as our state. Some are awarded through an open grant application process, while others reflect an advised fund donor’s recommendation or one of our board’s direct initiatives. But they all have a single goal: improving life in our communities. Throughout its 40-year history, OCF has taken on a role of partner and convener, creating programs in areas where long-term needs are greatest and where strategic initiatives can have a lasting impact. Join OCF staff members to learn more about OCF programs and funding priorities including: Children’s Dental Health, the Latino Partnership Program, and expanding Arts and Education Initiatives.
  • Nonprofit Town Hall: Advocacy and a Vital Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Sector, Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Advocacy is an essential part of the work nonprofits do to meet our missions and keep our sector strong. This session will provide an opportunity to learn what’s happening on the state and federal levels that impacts our sector, and gain an understanding of what nonprofits can and should do to raise community awareness and protect the people they serve. We’ll share tips, tools, and resources on making time for advocacy work, permissible advocacy and lobbying activities, and how to effectively engage boards in policy discussions. This Town Hall is also an important opportunity for conversation about the strengths and challenges of Eastern Oregon’s nonprofits. Input gathered will guide the work of NAO to increase public understanding and support so local nonprofits can continue to do their best work.
  • Understanding Essential Financial Information, Katherine DeYoung, CPA, Center for Nonprofit Stewardship. One of a board member’s key responsibilities is to “Protect the Assets” of the organization. Have you ever wondered what financial information you should be receiving and discussing at board meetings? In this workshop learn what fiscal information/financial statements should be distributed, how to interpret them, and what questions you should be asking.
  • Grantseeking Basics, C. Davis Parchment, Foundation Center. Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? Learn how to become a better grantseeker! Understand what your organization needs to have in place before you seek a grant, how the world of grantmakers functions, what is involved in the grantseeking process, and how to navigate the available tools and resources for your success.
  • Program and Project Evaluation: Sharing the Value of Your Work, Meredith Howell, Rural Development Initiatives. This session focuses on demystifying “evaluation systems” for nonprofit work. Organizations start building evaluation systems by understanding their mission – what change is needed in the world and how should people’s lives be positively affected? Next, organizations build models of how they might accomplish their mission through programs and services. Evaluation tools test those models and allow organizations to share the value of their programs and services. Join us for an overview of evaluation work.
  • WealthWorks: How Your Nonprofit Can Create Wealth Locally, Noelle Colby-Rotell, Rural Development Initiatives. Five rural regions in the Pacific Northwest are exploring this systems approach to building livelihoods and impacting the multiple forms of wealth in their regions. The philosophy of WealthWorks can be applied to increase wealth in your nonprofit, your hometown, and your region! In this session you will assess the eight forms of wealth in your community and consider opportunities for increasing that wealth.

3:30-4:30 p.m. – Closing Plenary

  • Speaker: Corey Ciocchetti, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, University of Denver

CEUs will be offered through Treasure Valley Community College. One CEU for attending the conference will be issued to those interested; a transcription fee is required.


Lodging Options

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ontario
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarion Inn
  • Americas Best Value Inn
  • Best Western Inn & Suites

Click here for lodging option details.

For questions about the conference, please contact Casey Clark Ney at casey@4rhc.org,

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