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Who We Are

Our Mission

501 Commons' mission is to boost the capacity of nonprofit organizations to thrive over the long term and effectively serve the community.

Our Story

501 Commons was founded in 1989 as Executive Service Corps of Washington. In 2010, we changed our name to 501 Commons, reflecting a changing role and broader range of services. In 2012, we absorbed some of the programs and services of the Alliance for Nonprofits and the technology services of NPower Northwest.

Our reach spreads across the whole state of Washington, ranging from King to Pierce, Whatcom, Clark, Walla Walla, Spokane Counties and others. The impact of our programs and services was felt by 386 nonprofits in 2014.

501 Commons is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible, nonprofit, charitable organization and is a member of the Executive Service Corps - United States. By making a donation or volunteering your time to 501 Commons, you are impacting the success of hundreds of organizations. Join us!

Our Clients

Through our strategic consulting and cohort programs, we have worked with over 500 nonprofits all over the state of Washington. Additionally we have incorporated NPower Northwest's services, who has worked with over 1,500 nonprofits with tech services and strategic planning.

Our Theory of Practice

At 501 Commons, everything we do is based on a "theory of practice" framework drawn from research on nonprofit capacity building and our nonprofit experience. Through this, we have identified "5 Elements of a Healthy Nonprofit."

Our Partnerships & Collaborations

We believe in the power of collaboration. Working together with other organizations gets us further faster. Here are some of our connections to other capacity builders doing good in Washington state.