Video Meeting Tools

Zoom Meet


Neighborhood and SWNI committee chairs may share a limited number of available Zoom accounts purchased by Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.

For assistance using Zoom, contact Sylvia Bogert, or John Tappero,

Zoom help

SWNI Board Zoom Instructions


Google Workspace accounts are available to neighborhood association board members. Each account includes Google Meet. Meet works from a browser, no app download required. This is made available for free, through a Google for Nonprofits grant.

Meet help

Contact Sharon Keast,

Coordinate your nonprofit board using Google products and tools


In this guide you’ll learn how to

  • Set up and manage a board member communications alias
  • Schedule and manage board meetings and other events
  • Facilitate more collaborative board meetings with shareable docs
  • Organize relevant information into an internal board member site

Serving on Nonprofit Board When You Can’t Meet in Person

Online Meetings and Elections Recommendations

Civic Life Recommendations on N.A. Meetings and Elections Amid COVID-19.pdf

Contact Sharon Keast, for assistance in setting up an online elecitons ballot.

501(c)(c) Nonprofit Status

Obtaining 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status



Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) is a coalition office funded by the City of Portland to provide training, orientation, information and consultation to city-recognized neighborhood associations in southwest Portland. SWNI's role is to develop organizational capacity of the associations and be a resource for neighbors advocating a particular position on issues of livability.

City of Portland neighborhood system standards

City Code Title 3.96 is the authorizing language for Portland's neighborhood system and directs the City of Portland to develop Standards.  The Standards include regulations for Neighborhood Associations to follow in order to be recognized by the City.

City of Portland & Multnomah County

(503) 823-4000 General Information for both City of Portland and Multnomah County. Not sure who to call? Try this number and you will be directed to someone that can assist you.

Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ)

Find these resources on the DOJ nonprofit website:

  • Guide to Nonprofit Board Service in Oregon
  • 20 Questions that Directors Should be Asking