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Cohort Programs: Springboard, Catalyst and Volunteer Impact Partnership

Increase volunteer impact, strengthen sustainability or take it to the next level
Assessment and planning to increase volunteer Impact, strengthen sustainability or take your organization to the next level

Stacked stonesWe provide a number of 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 and Volunteer Impact Partnership

Our cohort programs include Springboard, which is for arts and cultural organizations, Catalyst, which supports fundraising capacity, and United Way's Volunteer Impact Partnership, which aims to improve organization's volunteer engagement. Cohort programs give nonprofits the opportunity to learn with and from each other, while still working with 501 Commons' service corps consultants on their own plans.

We are pleased to work with groups of nonprofits and with funders to develop programs that address specific areas of nonprofit capacity. Our programs leverage the time and talents of service corps members and other volunteers so that their value is many times greater than their cost.

Springboard for Arts and Culture Organizations - now in its seventh year, this program starts with an assessment and results in the organization having a 18-month to 2 year plan for organizational focus and development.

Catalyst for Sustainability - many of the underpinnings of successful fundraising and organizational sustainability are overlooked as organizations spend money on fundraising before they have the planning and infrastructure necessary for fundraising to work. This step-by-step program takes a whole-organization look at what you can do to strengthen your organization and increase your fundraising success.

Volunteer Impact Partnership - 501 Commons has partnered for the last four 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.