New Neighborhood Association Board Member Resources

Informational Packets

Helpful Resources

SE Uplift Support


SE Uplift offers New Board Member Orientations up to two times per year. The first is typically early summer after the Spring elections. We may also host a second after Fall elections depending on demand.

New Board members are highly encouraged to attend. You will learn skills and best practices to improve the effectiveness of your neighborhood association, your responsibilities as a non-profit board member, and how to make the most of your experience.

Topics typically include an overview of Portland’s community involvement system, SE Uplift’s information sharing and advocacy models, board roles, responsibilities, and regulations, and solutions to common neighborhood association challenges.

Check your bylaws. Your Neighborhood Association has bylaws that outline who members are, number of board members, quorum, election process, grievance process, and more. 

We hear often that Neighborhood Associations would like to increase the diversity of participants. Acquiring diversity is challenging, and retaining that diversity is even harder. There is a lot Neighborhood Associations can do to prepare for diversity at the table and get their house in order to retain new folks that have not typically engaged in this system such as renters, POC, youth, people with young children, and more. 

You can find more information about your neighborhood via our funder, the Office of Community & Civic Life at