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Cohort Programs: Springboard, Catalyst, HR Toolkit, and Volunteer Impact Partnership

Strengthen volunteer impact, increase fundraising or take it to the next level!

Stacked stonesIncrease volunteer impact, strengthen sustainability or take it to the next level

We provide programs that address specific areas of nonprofit capacity and meet the needs of our philanthropic partners. Our programs leverage the time and talents of service corps members and other volunteers so that the program's value is many times greater than the cost.

Springboard, Catalyst, HR Toolkit, and Volunteer Impact Partnership

Our cohort programs include Springboard - capacity building for arts and cultural organizations; Catalyst - for fundraising success; HR Toolkit - strengthening your HR functions; and United Way's Volunteer Impact Partnership, which aims to improve organization's volunteer engagement. Cohort programs provide peer to peer learning, while working with 501 Commons' service corps consultants.

We are pleased to work with nonprofits and funders to develop program content that addresses specific areas of nonprofit capacity building. Our programs leverage the time and talents of service corps members which greatly reduces program fees.

Springboard for Arts and Culture Organizations - now in its seventh year, participants develop the ability to quickly identify and address organizational problems, spot opportunities and create an actionable capacity building plan that measure organizational success.

Catalyst for Fundraising Success - now in its sixth year, participants identify barriers to fundraising success, plan for effective internal fund development systems, strengthen staff and board fundraising efforts, and create a compelling case statement for increased fundraising success.

HR Toolkit - now in its second year, HR Toolkit is a cohort program designed to provide staff with consulting, tools, training, and an implementation plan in five key HR practices that will strengthen your organization. Three cohort meetings provide you with the opportunity to learn from each other and HR professionals.

Volunteer Impact Partnership - 501 Commons has partnered for the last five years with United Way of King County's Volunteer Impact Partnership program, which is designed to help organization improve their volunteer management. There are three programs under the partnership which are designed to expand the benefits of volunteerism in King County human service organizations, are provided through our partnership with United Way of King County:

  • VIP 360 - This United Way of King County Program combines training provided by United Way with a comprehensive assessment and planning process supported by 501 Commons consultants from the Executive Service Corps. Volunteer consultants work in teams of two to lead the organization through a structured planning process while working with the organization to identify key issues and opportunities for improvement. At the end of the planning process organizations have the opportunity to receive a grant for additional consultation from 501 Commons to help them implement the plan. Find out more information about volunteering as an Executive Service Corps member with VIP 360.
  • VIP Manager Corps - This United Way of King County program supports human services organizations in King County to develop and sustain effective volunteer engagement programs and practices. 501 Commons recruits and trains volunteers to serve as part-time volunteer managers, and places them with organizations that can benefit from additional staff support to help build organizational commitment, capacity, and competency around volunteer engagement activities. Find out more information about serving as a VIP Manager Corps member.
  • South King County Volunteer Network - This United Way of King County initiative is focused on Kent in 2013 with the goals of coordinating outreach to the community, sharing best practices, and building a sustainable community engagement program.