A Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, Matthew Havniear served as an Infantry Assaultman and Marine Raider with 2nd Battalion 7th Marines Fox Company Weapons Platoon out of 29 Palms California. Matthew deployed to Now Zad Afghanistan in 2008 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was tasked with clearing the hostile town filled with insurgents. Upon his return from Afghanistan, he searched for healthy outlets, but only found long waits and clinical approaches from doctors Knowing that he needed to find a better outlet for stress management, he became very active with volunteer work. Matthew quickly realized that there was a benefit from being part of a team and serving the community. Matthew’s late father was an avid outdoorsman and taught Matthew, at an early age, the importance of staying connected with the outdoors and nature. Being part of a team and staying connected to the outdoors would prove to be very important in Matthew’s journey of reintegration into civilian life. Matthew knew that his method could be shared with others and saw a need locally and decided to combine his life-long passions for both the outdoors and for nonprofit service to create Team Overland. Matthew’s service to Veterans does not stop there, he is also a Qualified Mental Health Associate and Case Manager for a Homeless Veterans Program. He also teaches the Peer Support Specialist and Suicide Intervention trainings at Rogue Community College. Matthew had made efforts to be involved in local community efforts and serves on the Jackson County Veterans Advisory Council and Facilitates the Rogue Valley Veteran Network. For his efforts to help Veterans, Matthew has been recognized with the National Unsung Hero Award, the Oregon Community Hero Award, and was presented by Congressman Greg Walden with a certificate of appreciation and a U.S. Flag flown over the Capital in Washington D.C. in his honor.
Matthew’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