Jim White currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. He began this assignment in October of 2012. Jim is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together to support and strengthen civil society. He is specifically skilled on working to build alliances and partnerships with mission and results driven outcomes in mind.
When asked what drew him to join NAO, Jim responded: “Oregon is a unique state where we celebrate diverse ideas and diverse cultures. We have an engaged and passionate population; people who want to get involved in their community life. I am excited to bring what I have learned in the international context to apply to the concerns, needs and desires of the people of Oregon. I recognize that NAO is the organization that strengthens those voices and provides the kind of capacity building and leadership development that can have systemic change across the sector and beyond.”
Before joining NAO, Jim worked for Mercy Corps for 15 years, most recently as the Vice President of Operations. He has also worked for the International Organization for Migration and the American Red Cross. Jim earned a BS in Engineering Technology from Temple University and a MA in Central Eurasian Area Studies from Indiana University.
Jim’s Monday Session:
Federal and State Funding Shifts: What Nonprofits Need to Know
Government budgets are shrinking at every level. The first sweeping changes to federal tax laws have passed and the federal budget has been negotiated. The flow of funding to nonprofits is changing. As the past reveals, when public funds shrink, nonprofits are asked to do both more with less, acquiring greater caseloads and amped up requirements for performance. More will be expected from nonprofit leaders to deliver effective and efficient programs as entrenched social, economic and environmental issues grow in our society. During this session, we will explore opportunities and challenges brought on by the changes in public sector funding and review opportunities for nonprofits as they navigate through this changing environment.
Presented by Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon