EONC Schedule
EONC Schedule
  • 8:30 am: Check-in and Light Refreshments
  • 9:30am: Welcome and Keynote Address
  • 10:00am: Break
  • 10:15am: Breakout Session 1
  • 11:45am: Networking Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Breakout Session 2
  • 2:30pm: Afternoon Break and Snack
  • 2:45pm: Breakout Session 3
  • 4:15pm: Close

Session Information

Reception: Wednesday, September 25th
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Program information coming soon

Keynote Address: 9:30am – 10:00am

Session description coming soon

Lunch Program: 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Session description coming soon

10:15am – 11:45am
Attendees choose one workshop per session

De-Mystifying Human Resources
Christine Frazer, Consultant and Owner, HR Any Day

What exactly is Human Resources? In this session, we’ll cover a variety of topics at a high level, including recruitment & selection dos and don’ts, Oregon HR laws, performance management, and employee benefits.

Board Roles and Responsibilities
Rosalie Westenskow, Attorney, Nonprofit Law Northwest

Session description coming soon

Understanding Your Financial Statements
Cheryl Guiddy, Managing Partner, Harris CPAs

Whether you have just begun your career in the nonprofit industry, are new to a board, or are a seasoned vet, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the unique way in which nonprofits present their financial statements. Financial statements are key components in revealing the financial health of an organization and ensuring your donors that resources are being used to accomplish your organization’s mission. In this session, we will review the basics of your financial statement and what your role is in regards to financial oversight.

Fundraising Made Easy!
Grady O. Goodall, J.D., Director of Development, OSU College of Liberal Arts

Are your board members intimidated by fundraising and donor relations? This session focuses on teaching board members the core strategies for planning, overseeing and actively participating in fundraising with donors in a simple 4-step process.

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Attendees choose one workshop per session

Meet the Funders: Part 1 – please consider sending one person per organization
Facilitated by Joyce White

Funders from across the state will sit on a panel and introduce themselves and discuss their requirements, timelines, and priorities. They will also have an open discussion and Q&A time. More session info coming soon!

On Board! Staff & Board Roles
Laurel York Odell, Owner & Founder, Concepts in Writing, Inc

This fun, interactive session provides executive directors and board members with tools and tips for effectively working together. Come learn about the primary roles and responsibilities for each and how to work together to bring out the best in your organization and leadership team.

Fine-tuning your Budget Process
Patricia Schirmer, Director, Harris CPAs

Nonprofit organizations must constantly strive for sustainability, and an essential part of that quest is proper budgeting. Good budgeting is critically important to the success of nonprofit organizations that often have stretched resources, fluctuating funding, and/or heavy reliance on specific funding sources. This 10-step budgeting checklist will help guide the budgeting process, ensuring that your organization stays focused on its goals and mission, and gives your board (and donors) a clear picture of your vision and financial stability.

Metrics to Drive Grant Performance
Tammy Tilzey, Director, Foundant for Grantseekers and Diane Demarest, Director of Grant Development, Jannus, Inc

What gets measured, gets done. However, the process of identifying the right metrics and reports to measure and communicate your progress can be complex and not necessarily intuitive, especially when it comes to finding metrics to drive grant performance. Join us to learn more about what metrics you should consider as you track and drive improvements to your grant fundraising process.

2:45pm – 4:15pm
Attendees choose one workshop per session

Meet the Funders: Part 2 – please consider sending one person per organization
Facilitated by Joyce White

Funders from across the state will meet in round table discussions with attendees. This is a great chance to introduce your organization to funders and find the foundations that best fit your org. More session info coming soon!

Thinking Outside the Engagement Box—Soliciting Cross Sector Partnerships
Gustavo Morales, Executive Director, EUVALCREE

The most important asset in any project are the relationships built along the way. This session will provide tangible examples and action steps for successful cross-sector, community, and local government collaboration. Drawing on examples from Eastern Oregon, this session will set new, existing, or future projects up for success.

Board Member Recruitment and Retention
Jess Hampton, Program Director, Center for Nonprofit Stewardship

As part of CNS’s work with The Ford Family Foundation, Jess Hampton has prepared tools for boards who are concerned about recruitment and retention. In this session, she will present ways to recruit new members and keep current board members engaged.

Fundraising for a Small Shop
Dianne Alves, Consultant and Trainer, Fresh Take Consulting, LLC

Whether you’re a solo practitioner, part of a small team, or are a passionate volunteer, creating a manageable development process is critical to an organization’s success in the short and long-term. Learn practical skills and get practical advice from someone who knows firsthand the challenges of small shop fundraising. This workshop will use a real case stories of the work being done to grow donor support. This workshop will be very interactive with time for participants to share stories and share the expertise.

Speaker Bios

Cheryl is a Certified Public Accountant, and has over 30 years’ experience providing financial and tax services to nonprofit organizations in the Northwest. She has planned and performed hundreds of audits, reviews and compilations for nonprofit entities and other governmental agencies over her career.

Cheryl’s expertise also lies in consulting, including guiding nonprofits in the implementation of strong internal controls and facilitating board involvement, tax planning and pension plan compliance. For Cheryl, accounting and financial support is really about problem solving and helping clients understand how their financial decisions impact their organization so they’re better equipped to reach their goals.

She received her BS in Accounting from San Francisco State University.

Christine is a human resources strategist, author, public speaker, and consultant. Breaking down the barriers of human resources has become Christine’s mission. She isn’t afraid to have the hard conversations, engage in taboo topics, and say it as it is when talking with her clients, or speaking in front of crowds. Her unique approach to HR and people, and use of humor to convey difficult concepts in a digestible way is what has kept her in this intense career for over three decades.

Diane Demarest is a grants professional with an in-depth knowledge of family and organizational systems, program design, development and implementation, and designing program evaluation. She promotes a collaborative organizational culture where ideas drive excellence and innovation. Diane has 30 years program management and grants experience in public and private systems including health care, K-12 education, non-profit social service, government and higher education. She has developed evaluation tools that have been adopted nationwide and published results of collaborative research projects. Her experience spans federal, state and private grant proposal development.

Diane has a Masters of Education from the University of Idaho in Organizational Leadership and a B.S. degree in Family Systems from University of Wisconsin. She currently serves as Director of Grant Development at Jannus, Inc. and is board president of the local Idaho Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association.

For over 29 years, Dianne Alves has worked for non-profit organizations that affect change by protecting the environment; administering health care and health education, providing housing, support comprehensive mental health and social services to children and families and K-12 and higher education.

In addition to her credentials as a fundraiser and nonprofit manager, she is dedicated to raising the standards of her profession. She is a coach and mentor to numerous peers and appears frequently as a panelist or guest speaker at conferences and workshops designed to educate, inform and inspire other fundraising professionals. Dianne’s educational appearances include Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts.

Grady Goodall is dedicated to using his legal training and experience to serve the education and nonprofit sectors. He  has advised and supported numerous nonprofits as an attorney and professional fundraiser. He currently serves as Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University and has been successful in many areas of advancement for higher education especially development, alumni relations, and government relations. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, his law practice was focused on donors and charities and he is an active member of the Oregon Bar Association. Grady currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship. He is a frequent presenter and trainer on fundraising, management, and legal topics for nonprofit organizations.

Gustavo is the executive director of EUVALCREE in Ontario, Oregon, an organization that develops the social capital and leadership capacity of community members. Gustavo is appointed by Governor Kate Brown to sit on three positions as: 1) Commissioner on the Oregon Advocacy Commission-Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 2) Board Member for the Cultural Development Board for the State of Oregon-Oregon Cultural Trust and 3) Member of the Environmental Justice Task Force. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Neuroscience emphasis from Pacific University and is completing his Master’s in Business Administration from Boise State University. In addition to continuing his education and managing a non-profit organization, Gustavo works as an independent consultant supporting minority owned businesses to improve their economies of scale, develop strategy, competitive advantage and increase business visibility. 

Jess joined the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship as Program Director after working for nearly a decade in community and organizational development. Her work has taken her all over Oregon and Washington, delivering leadership  and organizational training to community groups, nonprofits and government agencies. Her commitment to the field of nonprofit work is driven by a dedication to service and collaboration. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from University of Oregon.

When she’s not doing this work she loves, she’s spending time on adventures with her other great love, her daughter, exploring the great Pacific Northwest!

​In 1997, Laurel York Odell incorporated Concepts in Writing, Inc., to provide technical assistance with fundraising to community service organizations. Since its inception, Concepts In Writing, Inc., has provided services to hundreds of organizations throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Idaho. Laurel has worked with all types of non-profit organizations — small to large, urban and rural — with all aspects of fund development, strategic planning, board development and coalition facilitation. These have included arts organizations, charter schools, health and human service organizations, state and city agencies, conservation groups and professional associations.

Through the course of her career, Laurel has developed and provided training in all things fundraising as well as strategic planning and collaboration. Her expertise lies in her ability to articulate purpose, impacts and credibility for successful engagement of philanthropic investment.

Patricia is a Certified Public Accountant and has more than 10 years of experience in public accounting. She specializes in financial statement audits and reviews for nonprofit organizations in sectors ranging from local and national charities and advocacy groups, to trade associations and performing arts organizations. Patricia particularly enjoys helping her clients by providing training to the board, improving the organization’s internal control systems, implementing new accounting standards and working with an organization on their strategic planning.

Patricia received her BBA in Accounting and Finance from University of Portland.

Tammy Tilzey is the Director of Foundant for Grantseekers, an intuitive grant management solution designed to increase the efficiency and funding success of nonprofits. She particularly enjoys working and collaborating with passionate clients and coworkers. Tammy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Montana State University and has held development, marketing, and services leadership roles at several growing software companies. In her role at Foundant Technologies, Tammy provides educational opportunities and tools that enable nonprofits and grant professionals to maximize their grantseeking capabilities and increase their fundraising success.
Tammy currently serves on the board of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute and as membership chair for her local Idaho Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association