All neighborhoods associations are required to register with the Department of Justice, Charitable Activities Section, regardless of the amount of revenue brought in annually. Annual reports are published online for donors and other entities to reference when interested in learning more about your organization and its finances.
Rules & Regulations
All neighborhood associations are required to register as non-profit corporations and renew annually with the Secretary of State, Corporate Division. Incorporation with the Secretary of State ensures that your association is a legal entity in Oregon, which provides an extra level of protection for members in addition to the protection from SE Uplift’s Directors and Officers Insurance.
The ONI Standards require all recognized neighborhood associations to have bylaws. This new bylaws template has been created to help Portland’s neighborhood associations develop and update their bylaws.
Neighborhood associations are required to provide general and direct notification prior to any general, board, special, committee, or emergency meeting. The following document outlines the minimum notification requirements set by the ONI Standards. However, each neighborhoods’ bylaws may have additional requirements.
Neighborhood associations must follow open meeting laws for discussions and decision-making as defined in the ONI Standards. The following document outlines what decisions require a vote, the voting procedure, and what types of discussions can happen outside of a public meeting.
Since City Council first established a neighborhood system in 1974 there have been rules establishing the basis for City recognition of Neighborhood Associations, District Coalitions, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and the responsibilities and benefits accruing thereto. In effect, these rules ensure inclusion, accountability and transparency in the deliberative process through which Neighborhood Associations go about making decisions and policy recommendations.