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About Us - Overview

Who We Are

Our Mission

501 Commons' mission is to boost the capacity of nonprofit organizations to thrive over the long term and effectively serve the community.

Our Story

501 Commons was founded in 1989 as Executive Service Corps of Washington. In 2010, we changed our name to 501 Commons, reflecting a changing role and broader range of services. In 2012, we absorbed some of the programs and services of the Alliance for Nonprofits and the technology services of NPower Northwest. We offer services across the state of Washington. The impact of our programs and services was felt by more than 600 nonprofits in 2015.

Our Theory of Practice describes how we approach our work and our Team Charter describes how our team of 45+ work together to serve our state.

501 Commons is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible, nonprofit, charitable organization and is a member of the Executive Service Corps - United States. By making a donation or volunteering your time to 501 Commons, you are impacting the success of hundreds of organizations. Join us!

Our Clients

In 2015 we worked with over 600 nonprofits all over the state of Washington and have served thousands of organizations since we were founded in 1989 with the help of The Boeing Company and several local companies and philanthropists.

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Our Theory of Practice

At 501 Commons, everything we do is based on a "theory of practice" framework drawn from research on nonprofit capacity building and our nonprofit experience. Through this, we have identified "5 Elements of a Healthy Nonprofit."

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Our Partnerships & Collaborations

We believe in the power of collaboration. Working together with other organizations gets us further faster. Here are some of our connections to other capacity builders doing good in Washington state.

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Strengthening Our Sector

We work to unleash the potential of nonprofits in our state by providing access to affordable services that help them strengthen their mission.