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The Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference brings together 350+ nonprofit leaders for educational sessions on current, relevant and inspiring topics facing nonprofits today.  The ONLC also provides a forum for nonprofit representatives to meet face to face with regional as well as local funders (mostly Oregon and Washington).

The conference continues to be produced by a volunteer committee of foundations and nonprofit representatives, and is underwritten by the generous support of local funders, both foundations and businesses.

2019 ONLC Schedule 

ONLC Location: Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites, Ashland, Oregon

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 15th

ONLC Location: Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, Ashland, Oregon
  • 7:00 – 8:00     Registration and Complimentary Breakfast
  • 8:00 – 9:10     Welcome and Keynote
  • 9:30 – 10:45    Breakout Session 1
  • 11:00 – 12:15   Breakout Session 2
  • 12:15 – 1:15      Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30 –  2:45     Breakout Session 3
  • 3:00 – 4:15      Breakout Session 4
  • 4:30 – 5:45     Networking Reception – Join us for wine tasting from local wineries, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a no-host bar hosted by the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO)

Tuesday, April 16th

  • 7:00 – 8:30     Leadership Forum Breakfast: Board and Staff together with Paul Nicholson (optional, additional cost – can be added during registration)
  • 9:30 – 3:30     Full Day Workshops (Lunch Provided)

Monday, April 15, 2019

7:00am – Check-In & Breakfast

8:00am – Keynote Address

Save the World… or Savor It? Being Reached by the Widow, Orphan and Stranger

Keynote Address by Gregory Boyle, Founder, Homeboy Industries

Jesuit priest, author, speaker, and world-renowned expert in gang intervention, Gregory J. Boyle will deliver the 2019 ONLC Keynote Address.

In his keynote address, Gregory Boyle will share how compassion, kindness, and kinship are the tools to fight despair and decrease marginalization.  Through his stories and parables, all will be reminded that no life is less valuable than another.”  

Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. From 1986 to 1992, Fr. Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located between two large public housing projects and the territories of numerous gangs. There, he and parish and community members started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, now the largest, most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re­entry program in the world. Homeboy trains and employs former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to more than 10,000 people who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

9:30am – Breakout Session 1 Options

Hints for New Grantseekers: How to Get Your Great Idea Funded

You have a great idea that meets an important community need.  Can you get a grant to make it happen?

Polly Williams of The Carpenter Foundation will tell you what funders look for in a proposal, including information about your organization and on the project itself.  Learn how to ensure that you submit a “complete application” and hear how foundations decide whether or not to invest in your organization and project.

This always popular session is designed for those who are new to grant writing or those who want a refresher on the basics.    

Presented by Polly WilliamsProgram Officer, The Carpenter Foundation

 

Meet the Funders – Session #1

Do you want to meet with foundation representatives that can help advance your program? At these popular “Meet the Funders” sessions you will participate in small group meetings with knowledgeable program officers. Advance prep work is required.

Click HERE to read about the 2019 participating foundations.

Reaching Our Troubled Youth: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Suppression

Our local Gang Prevention Task Force will have representatives from all backgrounds share real life stories, statistics and facts about troubled youth in Southern Oregon.

Nonprofits are on the front lines dealing with gang issues in the community, offering help and services to families and youth in need.  The Task Force will help your organization learn more about the available networks that focus on troubled youth and recommend specific mobilization strategies for prevention, intervention and suppression.

A comprehensive survey shows 16 active gangs in our area, with 95% of members between the ages of 13 and 25.   Parent involvement, employment, job training, school programs, mentoring, and recreation programs are all effective ways to reach troubled youth.  “A repeated finding was that having a meaningful, trusted connection with at least one caring, competent adult was the core of resilience.” ~ Kenneth R. Ginsburg & Sara B. Kinsman

Gang prevention requires our communities work together to access and intervene for high risk youth who are vulnerable to recruitment.  Successful prevention assures less work on intervention and suppression efforts – but all three approaches are actively needed.

Please join our expert panel members to learn what is being done and what you and your organization can do to help.

Moderator:
Brad Russell, Executive Director, Rogue Valley Family YMCA 

Panel:
Joe Ferguson, Jackson County Juvenile Services Deputy Director
Mark Patterson, School Resource Police Officer
Matt SweeneyYouth 71Five Ministries
Phil Ortega, Life Art & Eagle Point School District Student Services
Troy WohoskySpartan Boxing Gym

11:00 am – Breakout Session 2 Options

Moves Management for Donor Development

The steps you take to acquire donors and gifts — such as when you cultivate donor relationships, visit prospects and ask for giving — are known as moves. With Moves Management, your organization uses a set system of policies, procedures, and best practices to help guide these steps and increase the success rate of your fundraising efforts. An effective Moves Management process ‘moves’ prospects through a series of milestones as they transition to engaged donors and helps improve your overall constituent relationships, solicitation strategy, and goal analysis. In this session, you will learn to apply an effective Moves Management process to help achieve your organization’s donor development goals.

Presented by Paul Smith, President, Smith Associates Consulting

Lessons from the Field: Kinship as an Intervention

Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, dates its beginnings to 1988 and is now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.  Homeboy is a community of kinship in which those seeking to leave the gang life behind can find hope and receive support to redefine their lives.  In essence, Homeboy helps former gang members discover and inhabit their true selves.  Gregory Boyle will speak about universal kinship and redemption, and how the healing power of unconditional love reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.

Presented by Gregory Boyle, Founder, Homeboy Industries

Meet the Funders – Session #2

Do you want to meet with foundation representatives that can help advance your program? At these popular “Meet the Funders” sessions you will participate in small group meetings with knowledgeable program officers. Advance prep work is required.

Click HERE to read about the 2019 participating foundations.

 

12:15pm – Lunch

1:30pm – Breakout Session 3 Options

Getting to What Matters: Rethinking What Evaluation Means (Double Session)

***This is a double session that requires registration for BOTH breakout sessions 3 & 4***

How do you measure your organization’s impact? How does your work influence the lives of the people you serve?

Too often, evaluation results fall short by not measuring the right elements in the right way, or allowing program satisfaction and anecdotal stories to overtake more meaningful and insightful metrics.

Learn to use your data to demonstrate how what you are doing is making a difference and create deep, meaningful and balanced evaluations.

In this in depth, two-and-a-half-hour session, Steve Patty Ph.D. will bring his innovative thinking and proven techniques to help you:

– design simple, elegant, and meaningful evaluations
– focus on impact and not just output
– develop leadership capacity among staff through evaluation
– communicate results convincingly and with credibility
– engage stakeholders and staff to make data-driven program decisions

Develop a better way to evaluate what really matters.  This workshop will show you how using Steve’s practical and proven tools.

Presented by Steve Patty, PhD, Principal Consultant, Dialogues in Action

The Cultural Agility Journey for Nonprofits: Secrets to Success

What are nonprofit organizations doing to successfully advance their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion plan? Many of us in the nonprofit world are striving to implement Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion measures, working to increase our awareness, and be part of the solutions.  We may not be completely sure how to go about it, but we are confident that this is a vital step as we move forward.

What are some of your questions regarding your own organization’s journey?  What have you tried, and did that give you the outcomes you expected? Come join us for a candid exploration of these topics and gain tools, tips, and insights to get going in the right direction.  This will be an interactive session. Bring your knowledge, your questions, your experience, and your interest. You will leave with your next steps outlined and a positive outlook for the journey ahead!

Presented by Gilda Montenegro-Fix, Founder and Senior Consultant of Celebrate Diversity!

Meet the Funders – Session #3

Do you want to meet with foundation representatives that can help advance your program? At these popular “Meet the Funders” sessions you will participate in small group meetings with knowledgeable program officers. Advance prep work is required.

Click HERE to read about the 2019 participating foundations.

3:00pm – Breakout Session 4 Options

Grassroots Advocacy

Grassroots Advocacy
Grow a passionate base of support with strategic communication skills

How is your message heard? Learn why speaking about the values that shape and inform your work can radically advance your mission in your community.

Transform your organization’s message so you can tap into the power of grassroots advocacy.  Understand how our brains receive and process information, and how you as an advocate can utilize this to help elevate your concerns and priorities in community discussions. 

Janet will share some successful strategies you can apply for communicating with policymakers, community leaders and allies.  How you are heard is as important to successful communication as the accuracy of your facts and figures.

You will take home tools, skills, and techniques that will help you hone your message, stay on message, and share it effectively.

 Presented by Janet Byrd, Executive Director, Neighborhood Partnerships

 

Getting to What Matters: Rethinking What Evaluation Means (Double Session)

***This is a double session that requires registration for BOTH breakout sessions 3 & 4***

How do you measure your organization’s impact? How does your work influence the lives of the people you serve?

Too often, evaluation results fall short by not measuring the right elements in the right way, or allowing program satisfaction and anecdotal stories to overtake more meaningful and insightful metrics.

Learn to use your data to demonstrate how what you are doing is making a difference and create deep, meaningful and balanced evaluations.

In this in depth, two-and-a-half-hour session, Steve Patty Ph.D. will bring his innovative thinking and proven techniques to help you:

– design simple, elegant, and meaningful evaluations
– focus on impact and not just output
– develop leadership capacity among staff through evaluation
– communicate results convincingly and with credibility
– engage stakeholders and staff to make data-driven program decisions

Develop a better way to evaluate what really matters.  This workshop will show you how using Steve’s practical and proven tools.

Presented by Steve Patty, PhD, Principal Consultant, Dialogues in Action

Leading with the Creative Mindset: Creativity and How It Boosts Success

Torrie will explore prevailing thoughts about creativity and provide insight on how and why to adopt the creative mindset.

Creativity is an essential component to growth, problem solving and reaching our varied communities. It is a necessary tool to develop alongside analytics and statistics. A creative mindset can help develop greater definition, and articulate your nonprofit’s message across a broader demographic. It can supercharge the workplace, boosting performance and your competitive edge.

In this session, Torrie will offer several ways to help you access your creativity and apply it to your organization’s success:

  • Learn how to invoke the spirit of creativity in your workplace using simple exercises which allow you and your team to transform thoughts into tangible actions.
  • Learn how to trust your inner creative spark and allow it to infuse your organization by leading through example.
  • Cultivate an atmosphere of collaboration and inclusion through listening.
  • Commit to dedicating time to creative release for your organization. Invest in your team through ongoing dialogue and engagement.

This is an enlightening call to action to nonprofit administrators to transform their approach to work challenges by growing and nourishing their own inner creative powers.

Presented by:
Torrie Allen,  Director of Development, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

4:30pm – Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s Networking Reception

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

7:00am – Optional Tuesday Morning Leadership Breakfast Forum

The Art of the Strategic Plan – Why, When and How to Do It

Breakfast Leadership Forum
Tuesday, April 16th
7:00am – 8:30am

The Breakfast Leadership Forum is a perfect stand-alone presentation designed for board members and senior staff. It is an opportunity to learn together. Because nonprofit board members may not have time to attend the entire conference, this forum is offered as a separate event –you can attend just this one event or combine it with a full conference registration.

Paul Nicholson‘s special morning presentation is sure to be both engaging and productive, so consider registering several representatives from your organization, enjoy breakfast together, and start the day inspired!

7:00am – 8:30am –  (optional, additional cost – can be added during registration)

The Art of the Strategic Plan – Why, When and How to Do It

Paul Nicholson has built his life around strategic planning and the arts.  What began as a self-assessment and strategic plan of his life’s work in the corporate world led him to change course, ultimately bringing him to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  OSF’s scope and impact grew dramatically over the course of Paul’s more than three-decade tenure as executive director and strategic visionary.

Paul is inspired to use the talents and expertise he has developed to help build better communities.  He believes strategic planning is an essential tool – one that has helped him shape a fulfilling life, and one that can help organizations substantially improve their impact.

In his Tuesday morning presentation, Paul will:

  • Discuss how strategic planning concepts have developed and evolved over the years
  • Highlight case studies from his experience, showing the benefits and challenges of staff and board working together to craft a plan for the future of the organization
  • Outline how planning needs to be adapted to the current needs of the organization – it’s size, budget, and evolutionary stage
  • Answer the question: “OK, so we’ve done the planning. Now how do we work the plan so it’s more than just a pretty document sitting on the shelf?”

Again, you can join us just for Paul Nicholson‘s keynote if you cannot attend the full conference!

Please note:

Registration fee: $25 per person
There are no early bird or group discounts available.
Conference attendance is not required to attend this event.
A separate registration/fee is required for this event.
The fee includes the cost of breakfast.

9:30am – 3:30pm – Full Day Workshops

Planning for Success: Creating an Annual Fundraising Plan

Is your organization raising money without a plan? Or maybe you have a plan but wonder if there is a way to take it to the next level?

This workshop will explore the elements of successful fundraising, with a focus on building a strong individual donor program. This workshop will help you:

  • Learn how to evaluate past fundraising efforts in order to create ambitious, but also realistic goals and plans.
  • Engage team members (including board members) in your fundraising planning and implementation to grow your nonprofit and help it thrive.
  • Explore challenges to fundraising presented by scarce resources or your work on controversial issues.

In this full day workshop, Stephanie will combine short lectures, small group discussions and exercises for an engaging and interactive workshop. With hands-on exercises and discussions, you’ll leave with practical tools and tips that you can take back to your organization and put right to work.  You will also have access to electronic files from the workshop, including templates and tools for creating a development plan.

Presented by Stephanie Roth, Trainer, Consultant & Coach, Klein & Roth Consulting

Life in the Fast Lane, Developing a Personal Plan

Is your life in the FAST lane? How do others perceive you? What are you doing to connect with others?

Dr. Woolsey knows that work in the nonprofit sector has a way of taking a toll, but by re-nourishing yourself you can provide intentional support and engagement with your teams, your board, and one another.

This interactive and experiential workshop is designed with YOU at the core, focusing on how you are living life to your full potential and maximum energy.  To do this requires self-reflection on what energizes you and what minimizes you.

Employing the Functional Assessment Screening Tool, or F.A.S.T., Dr. Woolsey will help you define where you are at now, and offer solutions to find a healthy path to your best work.

The lens then shifts to how you present yourself to others as first impressions are made in a very short period of time with a small window to really make sure your personal brand is understood.

The final component of this workshop hones in on the power of emotionally connecting with others in the most genuine, authentic, and purest form through the power of curiosity.

Wrap up the day inspired and with your own personal development plan for your life and your work!

Presented by Dr. Matthew Allen WoolseyFounder, Transformational Energy Leadership

Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Cutting-Edge Real-Time Strategic Planning for a Rapidly Changing World

  • Are you responsible for ushering your organization’s mission into the future?
  • How do you create a strategic plan when change is the new normal?

Join Doug Green as he guides you through a dynamic new approach to organization-level strategy that you can apply to your nonprofit now.  This engaging workshop is intended for executive directors, senior staff members and board members responsible for developing a comprehensive strategy for their organization.  This will be a highly interactive workshop using case studies, discussion and breakout sessions to help you advance your goals for your nonprofit’s future.

In this workshop you will build your organization’s capacity with a practical set of tools developed by La Piana Consulting, and explore strategy development using your own nonprofit as a case study.  Doug will help you develop clarity about your organization’s long-term direction by giving you adaptive tools to guide your day-to-day responses to new information and keep your nonprofit aligned with its organizational strategy.

You will leave this workshop with an armload of tools!  In addition to the tools used in the workshop, take home material will include sample agendas, worksheets, and a resource list to support strategic planning within your organization. You will also be given access to electronic templates that can be put into practice right away!  Join Doug Green and complete the day inspired and prepared!

Presented by Doug Green, Senior Consultant, La Piana Consulting

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