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Executive Transition

501 Commons begins a new chapter

501 Commons announces the retirement of Executive Director Nancy Long in 2025

501 Commons, a keystone nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of the nonprofit sector, announces the retirement of its executive director, Nancy Long. Nancy will retire after a new executive director is hired, marking the end of more than two decades of remarkable service.

Under Nancy's leadership, the number of staff, volunteers, and services have each grown by a factor of 20, expanding the reach and impact of 501 Commons’ services to 2,000 nonprofits annually across 25 states. The organization now provides affordable IT and cybersecurity programs, Salesforce/data solutions, HR, coaching, finance, tax preparation, learning opportunities, free nonprofit advisory services, fundraising advisory services, and management consulting. The Washington Gives fundraising platform supports 1,400 Washington State nonprofits year-round and during the annual GiveBIG and GivingTuesday community campaigns. The organization’s research capabilities include the Nonprofit Wage & Benefits Survey, which helps nonprofits benchmark their compensation, retain employees, ensure equity, and comply with laws and regulations.

The Board of Directors has been preparing for this transition and has initiated the search process for a new executive director. The board will engage a broad range of stakeholders with the intent of having a new leader in place by the start of next year.

"Nancy's leadership has been transformative for 501 Commons and has positively influenced the nonprofit sector," said Board Chair, Richard Starnes. "Her vision and dedication have been critical to the success of so many nonprofits and nonprofit leaders, and we are committed to finding a successor who will build on her legacy of creating lasting value for the nonprofit community."

Nancy expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve thousands of inspiring organizations alongside extraordinary staff and Executive Service Corps members. She also credits the organization’s partners, donors, and funders with helping 501 Commons rise to meet the sector's evolving needs. "Leading 501 Commons has been a learning experience each and every day. I can’t imagine a more rewarding way to spend the last two decades. I am confident in the board's ability to find a passionate and capable leader. They will benefit from the knowledge and support of our dedicated administrative and program managers."

The 501 Commons Board of Directors invites the community to celebrate the organization’s 35 years of service on December 6, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Pacific Tower's Panoramic Center. Further details of this celebratory event will be shared in the coming months.

About 501 Commons

501 Commons’ mission is to amplify the strengths of nonprofits, so ALL people and communities flourish. Learn more about our mission and services.