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Over the past 26 years, the Nonprofit Institute (NPI) at Portland State has had a primary goal to develop a stronger, more robust civil society by enhancing the leadership and management of nonprofit and voluntary organizations.

We accomplish this goal by:

  • Providing high quality education, training, and other opportunities for professional development
  • Conducting and sharing research that actively draws from both relevant scholarship and practical experience
  • Serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas about vital issues affecting the nonprofit and voluntary sector.

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Photo courtesy of Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography

    The Nonprofit Institute was pleased to host the Oregon Humanities Project Conversation Project

    Oregon Humanities Conversation Project: From Saving to Serving
    When: December 2nd at Noon
    Where: College of Urban and Public Affairs; 2nd Floor Parsons Gallery
    Speaker: Adam Davis

    From Saving to Serving: On Intervening in the Lives of Others
    Many of us try to make a positive difference in the world through our work and volunteering, and we often find that this can be difficult. The language of helping reflects this difficulty. Charity sounds admirable to some and offensive to others. Service can be bland, saving can be paternalistic, and social entrepreneurship can feel corporate. Join Oregon Humanities Executive Director Adam Davis for a conversation that will explore why it’s so hard to find the right words for the good work we try to do in the world. How should we think and talk about our efforts to make positive change?

    What Is the Conversation Project?
    The Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk—across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds—about important issues and ideas. It works like this: a local nonprofit, community group, or business applies to host a Conversation Project program on a topic relevant to their community. An Oregon Humanities facilitator comes to that community to lead the conversation, which lasts from an hour to an hour and a half. The Conversation Project has more than twenty topics to choose from at any given time, ranging from the ethics of food to government surveillance to the future of racial diversity in Oregon. Our facilitators are trained to connect their topic to the local community and to challenge participants to think in new ways. Our goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. We believe that conversation is a powerful medium to invite diverse perspectives, explore challenging questions, and strive for just communities.

    Refreshments will be provided!

    We recently hosted the The Alliance for Nonprofit Management 2015 Conference here at PSU.

    The Alliance conference is the leading national knowledge community for funders, consultants, academics, pracademics, government employees, nonprofit leaders and other professionals focused on understanding and developing strategies to increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations and other actors working toward sustainable positive social change and community enrichment. To see the highlights of our event click here.