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Partnerships & Collaborations

Strengthening our sector together

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:

Capacity Builders

Every other month, the nonprofit capacity builders in King County 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.

City Club

501 Commons is a member and frequent co-presenter of Seattle City Club events.  We are also honored to share the Seattle Business Magazine Community Impact Award for Best Nonprofit with City Club!

City of Seattle Digital Equity Workgroup

501 Commons shares the vision of a city where technology's opportunities equitably empower all residents and communities--especially those who are historically underserved or underrepresented. We provide advice and council and serve on Initiative workgroups. 

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.

Global Washington

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.

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).

Seattle Tech4Good

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.

TechSoup Global

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 been working 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 .  Endorse the plan and help us grow volunteerism in Washington State.

Washington Nonprofits

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.