The NOWC Insider Webinar Series regularly features content experts who provide technical training and resources on a range of topics, assisting Watershed Councils in sharing information and applying best practices for nonprofit management. These webinars are offered as a NOWC member benefit, and were identified in 2021 by member councils as a priority resource.
December 14th, 2021: Governance of Nonprofit Organizations, featuring Dyana Mason, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Management at the University of Oregon.
Abstract: This webinar focuses on governance principles, decision-making in organizations, and Board-Staff relationships in decision-making and governance.
March 2nd, 2022: Financial Policies and Best Practices, a panel presentation, featuring:
- Tom Birch, CPA, Director of account.ability. Tom contracts as an accountant/bookkeeper for NOWC and for several watershed councils
- Bruce Follansbee, Coquille Watershed Association Board Member, Resource Advisor
- Tara Langston, Director of Financial Operations for the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and the Deschutes River Conservancy
April 26, 2022: Life Cycles of Watershed Councils, featuring Jon A. Souder, Ph.D., Forest Watershed Extension Specialist, Oregon State University.
Abstract: Like salmon, watershed councils have life cycles with various stages requiring different “habitats” to be successful. This talk identifies the characteristics of each stage and highlights the behaviors and types of people most attracted to each stage. This linkage of life stage and behavior allows for organizations to build staff and Boards appropriately.
May 25, 2022: Program and Grant Updates from ODA and ODFW, featuring Chandra Ferrari, ODFW Habitat Division Deputy Administrator & Program Manager and Dr. Michael Badzmierowski, ODA Soil Health Specialist.
Abstract: Each speaker discussed infusions of federal funding, emerging RFPs and how watershed councils might best participate. They are also received feedback about how their agencies might best engage with watershed councils in the future.