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Active Learning: Springboard, Catalyst, HR Toolkit, Plan IT, and Volunteer Impact Partnership

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

Stacked stonesImprove volunteer impact, increase fundraising or take it to the next level.

We deliver active learning 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, Plan IT, and Volunteer Impact Partnership

Our active learning 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. Participating organizations set priorities and make important improvements with the help of 501 Commons consultants, while actively learning and sharing with peers.

Springboard for Arts and Culture Organizations - now in its eighth 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.

Plan IT - a technology planning cohort focused on enabling organizations to assess their current use of technology, identify their key technology related issues, and develop an action plan to address those issues.

Volunteer Impact Partnership - 501 Commons partners with United Way of King County on the Volunteer Impact Partnership to help organization improve their volunteer management. The VIP Manager Corps supports human services organizations in King County to develop and sustain effective volunteer engagement programs and best practices. Learn about serving as a VIP Manager Corps member.

Volunteer Impact Improvement Plans (VIPIP) - this program is based upon a program called VIP 360 that 501 Commons partners with United Way of King County to provide for many years.  The program combines a comprehensive assessment of an organization's volunteer management practices 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.  VPIP is being offered in Clark County in 2016.