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Nonprofit organizations -- United States -- Emergency management, Organizational resilience, Risk assessment

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28 pages


This report summarizes results from a survey administered in spring 2018 to 501(c)(3) charitable benefit nonprofit organizations across Oregon. The survey was developed by Portland State University in collaboration with the City Club of Portland’s Earthquake Report Advocacy Committee (CCERAC) and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), following Sutton & Tierney’s (2006) and Ritchie, Tierney, & Gilbert’s (2010) classification and previous survey. Based on the survey distribution process, primarily through NAO, PSU’s Nonprofit Institute, and other nonprofit and public agencies’ networks, these survey results are based on a convenience sample of nonprofits that responded to the survey. As such, the results are not representative of ALL nonprofits in Oregon. Nevertheless, the survey results are quite telling of how concerned and informed nonprofit respondents are about potential hazards, what actions they have taken to prepare for potential disasters, as well as their perceived roles should a major disaster like the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) event occur. The survey results are also very informative with respect to the challenges and barriers to disaster preparedness that nonprofits currently face, and the kinds of assistance they would need to be able to adequately prepare for major disasters.

The following sections detail our findings from 189 responses from Oregon nonprofit organizations. Note however, not every organization responded to every question. Section I shares findings on levels of knowledge and concern across multiple hazard types. Section II shares how organizations are taking steps to act on these concerns. This section details a broad set of actions that can be taken by organizations to improve preparedness and resilience. Section III describes the barriers to disaster preparedness, the role of nonprofits in disaster response shared in the survey, and their experiences with recent hazard events in Oregon. Section IV concludes with some organizational demographics (location, types, size, and funding sources).


A product of the Nonprofit Institute at Portland State University and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

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