We believe in the power of collaboration. Working together with other organizations gets us further faster. We make better decisions because we have more information and understand the perspectives of our partners. We use resources more carefully because we avoid duplicating what others have already created.
Here are some of our partnerships and collaborations:
Four-five times a year the nonprofit capacity builders in the Puget Sound get together at our office to coordinate services, share ideas about how we could address service gaps, and promote each others' events and services. Check out our list of capacity building organizations in Washington State.
501 Commons is a member Seattle City Club
Executive Directors Forum
501 Commons sponsors the Executive Director’s Forum four times a year. These forums get rave reviews from attendees who participate in roundtable discussions facilitated by executive leaders.
Executive Service Corps of the United States
Executive Service Corps of Washington, a program of 501 Commons, is one of 20+ ESC programs across the United States that are leveraging the professional skills of volunteers to strengthen our communities. ESC-US provides support to ESCs and technical assistance to emerging Executive Service Corps programs.
501 Commons is a member of Global Washington which is a catalyst for strengthening the global development sector in Washington state by leveraging resources, increasing visibility, sharing best practices, convening the sector by country, issue, and organization type, and advocating around education, global engagement, and foreign policy.
Leadership Development Partners
Leadership Development Partners is a project-based team working to improve access to leadership and professional development resources and tools for nonprofit employees and those interested in being in the sector. The partnership includes Center for Ethical Leadership, Washington Nonprofits, Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington, University of Washington Evans School, Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program, United Way of Spokane and Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
Network of Nonprofit Technology Solution Providers (NNTSP)
501 Commons is a member of this network of leading nonprofit providers of technology solutions across the US. Originally part of the highly collaborative NPower team for the past decade, this network joined together to create greater impact. While each organization is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving a distinct geography, we serve common missions and collaborate through resource and information-sharing.
New Tech Northwest
A community movement that seeks to cultivate the Pacific Northwest's thriving tech community while preserving the region's unique culture, New Tech Northwest connects entrepreneurs, designers, startups, innovators, philanthropists, investors, and others through networking meetups. These opportunities are monthly and occur in Seattle, Tacoma, and the Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland).
NTEN Nonprofit Technology Network
In addition to being longtime members of this organization for nonprofit technology professionals, 501 Commons staff serve on the steering committee for the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC).
This casual gathering of Seattle area techies and nonprofit pros is sponsored by NTEN and TechSoup and 501 Commons staff serve on the steering committee and are frequent presenters at this Meetup.
501 Commons and Shunpike have collaborated on developing programs and services for arts organizations, including joint work on Springboard, 501 Commons’ cohort program for arts and cultural organizations.
In addition to collaborating with TechSoup to help nonprofits access low-cost/no-cost software, 501 Commons works with TechSoup Global to identify and drive technology innovation in the sector, particularly in the area of cloud computing, and increase nonprofits’ ability to optimize their use of technology solutions to accelerate their missions.
United Way of King County
501 Commons is a part of the United Way of King County Volunteer Impact Partnership, which is bringing extra focus and resources to support high-impact volunteerism in King County.
Volunteer Centers of Washington
501 Commons has worked with the Volunteer Centers of Washington to develop additional volunteer centers and to support existing centers. This work has been funded through Serve Washington under a federal Volunteer Generation Fund grants. Another result of the grant is the Volunteer Washington Case for Community Volunteerism.
501 Commons has a strong partnership with Washington Nonprofits, our state association of nonprofits. Members of Washington Nonprofits receive discounts on 501 Commons events. Washington Nonprofits works to make the nonprofit sector stronger by weaving us together; making our network more inclusive; bridging divides between people, organizations and sectors. We are a member and encourage you to join today!
Washington Technology Industry Association
The WTIA is the unifying voice for the technology community in Washington. We inform and motivate industry, education and government professionals to help attract and develop the talent required to make our region the leading technology community in the world.