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A Celebration of Nonprofits

Anticipation is building for the 2013 Washington State Nonprofit Conference. The annual event – in Bellevue on May 17 – is not far off. But it’s more than timing that’s put a buzz in the air.

Washington Nonprofits (WN) – the new Conference Manager – has announced this year’s educational workshops. And the 2013 Conference team has chosen 12 great workshops that are sure to stretch your imagination and engage your mind, body, and spirit. Each workshop will give you new ideas and practical take-aways that you can start using right away. Read about all the workshops here.

501 Commons is very pleased that staff, Service Corps members, and consultants listed in the Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory are among those chosen to present this year. Here’s one workshop example – one being put on by our Executive Director Nancy Long and our Director of Consulting Services Dave Forrester:

Virtual Offices and Moving to the Cloud
Nancy Long & Dave Forrester, 501 Commons' staff

With the growing maturity of cloud-based IT solutions, many nonprofits have been moving from simply embracing the benefits of letting employees work remotely to encouraging it. Some organizations offices are now completely virtual. We'll discuss the cultural and behavioral issues that need to be considered and take a detailed tour of the landscape of the low-cost/no-cost cloud solutions available to nonprofits. We'll present case studies of organizations in our state that have moved to the cloud and what they found there. Depending on connectivity, we may have multiple colleagues and clients "chime in" via remote tools (such as Skype, Google hangouts, etc.) to enhance the presentation while demonstrating some of the available solutions. We'll help participants undertake a mini assessment of "cloud readiness" and we'll talk through the ramifications of this rapidly evolving issue together.

To see more “Solutions on a Shoestring” workshops, click here.

To see “Fostering Innovation and Creativity” workshops, including Service Corps members and Resource Directory consultants Amy Erickson, Sara Lawson, Pam Robbins, Pam Toal, and Erin Welch, go here.

And to see “Executive Leadership” workshops, visit here.

To top it off, there’ll also be six breakout sessions – as part of the “Nonprofit Success Stories” track – that feature only nonprofit professionals telling their stories. These facilitated and interactive sessions will give you a chance to ask questions of your peers. Expect inspiring, informative, and memorable sessions on the following topics:

  1. Strategic Repositioning
  2. Collaborative Among Diverse Organizations
  3. New Sources of Revenue
  4. Growing Effective Advocacy
  5. Leveraging Volunteers
  6. Successful Nonprofit Start-ups

For more information on this important annual nonprofit event, go to the Conference website.

We hope to see you there and, if you go, stop by 501 Commons’ booth and say “hi”!

Register soon! WN members and organizations bringing more than one person get a discount. Prices start at just $150. Register here.