Michael Anderson and staff in 2008 with Founder's Plaque honoring organizations that contributed critical merger support.
Ultimately, the benefits of common purpose, combined expertise and a unified voice made the merger an obvious choice. Merging into Oregon ON improved our influence and efficiency. The merger enabled a stronger organizational focus on policy advocacy and industry best practices.
Oregon ON was founded in July 2008 as the result of the merger of Oregon’s two community development associations, the Association of Oregon Community Development Organizations (AOCDO) and the Community Development Network (CDN).
The purpose of the merger was to increase the level of support for member organizations and create a unified voice for non-profit housing and community development organizations.
AOCDO, founded in 1992, served nonprofit housing and community development organizations throughout the state, with a membership of over 30 Voting Members and 70 Affiliates.
CDN, founded in 1995, served nonprofit housing and community development organizations in Portland and Multnomah County, with a membership of 19 Voting Members and 40 Affiliates.
After a decade plus of each trade association focusing on their respective service areas, leadership for AOCDO and CDN began to discuss the potential for combining the two. Careful thought was given to balancing the different service needs that exist for our members in Portland and our members from smaller cities, suburbs and rural communities throughout Oregon.
24 Years of Impact