The Nonprofit Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that brings Law students, Planning, Public Policy, and Management students and Conflict Resolution students together at the law school to serve the Oregon nonprofit community. Students conduct an organizational assessment of several nonprofit organizations, draft an assessment report, and present their findings and recommendations to their organizational clients. Students work in highly supported interdisciplinary teams and have an opportunity to conduct interviews, review documents, hone their writing, plan and facilitate meetings and learn about organizational functioning and dynamics.
Consider this: Over 33% of all Oregonians volunteer, one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the U.S.
There are over 15,000 registered 501(c)(3) charities in Oregon, and their workforce comprises twelve percent of all private sector jobs in the state.
By addressing the real-world needs of participating NPOs the students' work reaches the entire Oregon community that depends on nonprofits for a broad array of critical services and cultural enhancements. The state’s economy has been ravaged by the recession and cuts in timber subsidies and income. Oregonians place extremely high reliance on nonprofits for many essential services traditionally in local government’s purview.
While they provide valuable services to the NPOs and the broader community, the students reap significant professional benefit. They are the next generation of nonprofit leaders and volunteers in training.