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Financial Stewardship Resources, Ford Family Foundation, and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon

For the past 6 years since the inception of POAC of Oregon, we've been running the nonprofit from past experience and sheer gumption. Recently, I've discovered some help from organizations that help nonprofits: Financial Stewardship Resources, Ford Family Foundation, and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

I stumbled across workshops from the Financial Stewardship Resources (FSR). For about $80, you can take about 5 hours of workshops in one day on all sorts of issues to help you run your nonprofit. I'm on my third workshop in May. They provide not only professionals in the field but also folks from the IRS and Oregon Attorney General's Office - information from the horse's mouth, as it were.

From FSR, I found the Ford Family Foundation has its fingers in helping nonprofits in many different ways. At one time, Mr. Kenneth Ford ran one of the biggest companies in the United States. That timber money later seeded the Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, Oregon. I'm getting books from FFF - many on how to run your nonprofit, raise funds, and build community. All I do is read the book and send a few sentences back on how I will use the information to build community. I sense a running theme with this foundation.... Did I mention they fund many, many organizations with grant money?

Lastly, I attended a FFF workshop on "Effective Organizations" which was run by the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Not only was it free but they almost fed me to death. I left with a really well written binder of information and a head full of things to-do.

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