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Volunteer Your Tech & Consulting Skills

Hands on computerThe Plan IT program and 501 Talks Tech learning sessions increase the capacity of nonprofits by helping them make greater use of technology to extend their reach, run better programs, and raise more money.

Use Your Tech Skills For Good

501 Commons is looking for volunteers iwho have a broad understanding of business technology and technology planning for small companies and organizations.

Volunteers with training experience are also needed to lead in-person workshops and training sessions as well as online webinars. Volunteers must be comfortable communicating about technology with people with a range of skill levels. Experience with nonprofits is a plus.

Volunteer for the following opportunities:

Plan IT has been sponsored by Microsoft Technology for Good in King and Pierce Counties and by the Sherwood Trust in Walla Walla County.  Companies or foundations interested in helping nonprofits increase their capacity and productivity should contact nancy@501commons.org

The program offers technology planning services to cohorts of 10-15 nonprofit organizations. Volunteer consultants will work in teams of two to help an organization assess its current use of technology and develop a plan for using technology to better deliver their mission.

Help a Nonprofit Develop a Technology Plan

Serve as a Pro Bono Planning Consultant in the Plan IT Cohort Program

Technology is a tool to help nonprofits to increase their impact on the community. Unfortunately, many nonprofits do not have a plan for how to incorporate new technology or use the technology they have fully.

We are seeking volunteers with diverse tech skills and a broad understanding of business technology to support nonprofits. Plan IT is a  501 Commons’ program designed for organizations with little to no technology staff. Volunteers are matched to work in pairs with a nonprofit organization. Each pair will follow a highly structured process to facilitate an assessment of an organization's current technology, help identify key issues and opportunities for improvement, and develop an action plan for the organization to carry out in the next 12-18 months.

As a Technology Planning Consultant, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply your knowledge of nonprofit/business technology in this high-impact volunteer role
  • Learn about planning and consulting processes
  • Increase an organization's understanding of their technology needs
  • Make a difference in the nonprofit community's ability to utilize technology to their advantage

Volunteers will serve approximately 10-12 hours per month for four months. Depending on funding, Plan IT cohorts are planned each year in the Spring and Fall. Join us for this high-impact volunteer role.

Interested in volunteering in for Plan IT? We encourage you to apply to the Service Corps and indicate your interest in the Plan IT program. For questions or more information, please view the full position description and email Jade for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Technology Trainer

Utilize your Tech Training Skills and Lead a Workshop for Nonprofits
Serve as a Pro Bono Technology Trainer and Support the 501 Talks Tech Series

We are seeking volunteer trainers to increase the nonprofit sector’s effective use of technology.  Volunteers will develop and present a 45-80 minute training on a low-cost, and easy to use and sustain tool or solution. Workshops and trainings are provided via webinar for nonprofits across Washington state, as well as in-person in King County.

As a Technology Trainer, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply your knowledge of a specific technology tool or application
  • Experience developing and presenting information for a variety of skill levels
  • Increase nonprofit community members’ understanding of a specific technology tool or application
  • Help organizations better achieve their mission

Volunteers are required to develop content and produce visual aids (PowerPoint, handouts, or both) to lead a 45-80 minute training with room for discussion and/or questions and answers. Volunteers will provide a brief bio and communicate the training content and goals.

501 Commons staff will be responsible for all event logistics, including publicity and communications, locating a venue, providing light refreshments, and printed materials. 501 Commons staff will also review the content and presentations that will be used by the trainer, distribute evaluations, and provide additional support as needed. If desired, 501 Commons will provide recognition of the volunteer's business in social media.

Interested? Please view the full position description and email Megan for more information.