Collaboration = Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference
By Kelly Poe
It was last summer at the Regards 2 Rural Conference that Kathy Rementeria and I met Linda Shelk. My name is Kelly Poe and I work for Malheur County Commission on Children & Families and also hold the honor as a Ford Family Foundation Community Fellow. Kathy is also a Ford Community Fellow. The John & Linda Shelk Foundation (JLSF) asked us of our interest of providing a conference opportunity for nonprofits in rural eastern Oregon. With Linda Shelk’s encouragement and assistance, we created a Local Planning Team while Kristi Steber with JLSF coordinated with Joyce White of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington a Rural Work Group. The combined work of the Local Planning Team with the Rural Work Group has produced a top-notch conference – the Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference! We are planning for 250 participants and will cap it at 300.
The theme for the Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference is “Creating Vital Communities through Collective Impact.” Fay Hanleybrown with Foundation Strategy Group (FSG), is our keynote speaker and will offer a workshop that goes in-depth about the five elements of Collective Impact. Workshops are focused on collective impact, planning/decisions, and tools/technical skills. Nonprofits from all sectors in eastern Oregon, including heritage nonprofits, are encouraged to attend.
Members of the Local Planning Team include executive staff from:
- Four Rivers Cultural Center
- Treasure Valley Community College Foundation
- Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery
- Boys & Girls Club of the Western Treasure Valley
- Ontario Chamber of Commerce
- Department of Human Services District 14
- Oregon Food Bank – Southeast Oregon Services
- Community In Action
- Malheur County Commission on Children & Families
The Rural Work Group included:
- The Ford Family Foundation
- Oregon Community Foundation
- Meyer Memorial Trust
- Collins Foundation
- Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
- The Foundation Center
- Nonprofit Association of Oregon
- Rural Development Initiatives
To find more information about the Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference and to register, visit www.eonc-ontario.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Kelly Poe is the Director of the Malheur Commission on Children and Families and a Ford Community Fellow.